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John (Ivan) Kowzun Sr., beloved husband of Eleanor (Petrone) Kowzun, of East Hartford, CT. passed away at home on Monday, December 7, 2020. John was born on April 10, 1938 (March 10, 1936) in the village of Zutowicze, Belarus to the late Alexander and Paulina Kowzun.
John and his family immigrated to the United States in 1952. Aware of the opportunities that now stretched before him in the United States he pursued his citizenship and was naturalized on June 12, 1959. While never forgetting his roots, John was proud to be an American citizen and gave back to his new country by serving honorably in the US Army.
John pursued a job as soon as he was able, never shying away from hard work. From picking tobacco to being an usher at the State Theater in Hartford, where he met Eleanor, his hard work and dedication throughout the years was a testament to his resolve and embodied the American Dream. A graduate from Hartford Regional Technical School his machinist education allowed him to be successful in various career opportunities - most notably Iona, Hamilton Standard, and Electric Boat.
Over the years, John enjoyed the company of a few close friends and his immediate and extended family. He supported the dreams of his children and grandchildren, always encouraging them and taking tremendous pride in all of their accomplishments. In his younger days, he played soccer with the Polonia Falcons on the Connecticut Soccer League and was an avid bowler. As his family grew he spent more time at home doing things that he enjoyed like napping on the grass in his backyard, tending his vegetable garden, and cooking. He also liked fishing, both fresh water and deep-sea, and went on day fishing trips as often as he could. As retirement crept upon him he began to enjoy watching tv more - WWE, football, old-time tv shows, and western movies were his favorites; much to the chagrin of his wife who enjoyed different tv shows. John still enjoyed the fresh air and you would often find him sitting in a chair on his front steps watching the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood. In recent years he enjoyed spending time at the family cottage, both relaxing and working out in the yard. Known lovingly as Geda to his grandchildren John always tried to include them, his wife, and his children in all of his activities throughout the years. Each family member has unique and fond memories of fishing trips, backyard camping, tilling and tending the garden, driving lessons, Saturday morning cartoons, and eating his specialty dishes – potato pancakes and golumpki.
Besides his wife of 57 years, Eleanor, John is survived and will be greatly missed by his children: Angela and her husband Daniel; John Jr. and his wife Tammy; and Rebecca along with his grandchildren: Denver, David, Amelia, and Thatcher. He also leaves behind a sister Stasha and her husband Francis; brother Theodore and his wife Anita; sister Helen and her husband Paul; sister-in-law Guia and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. John was predeceased by his brother Walter.
The family will be holding a celebration of life event in John's honor at a later date. Expressions of sympathy and condolences can be made online at