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Folsom, CA:  Joseph A. Kuziora, 80, of Folsom, formerly of Forestville, died Sunday, August 28, 2011 in Mercy Hospital of Folsom after battling Parkinson’s for 17 years.

He was born in 1931 on Ball Hill in Forestville, the son of the late Lucas and Frances (Maziarz) Kuziora.

He was a retired metal bonder from Hughes Aircraft in Southern California.  He left grape farming in New York in 1976 and got into the frozen Italian food sales business, supplying restaurants and delis with homemade Italian foods.  In 1980, Mr. Kuziora started his 14-year career in the aerospace industry as a plastics fabricator with Lockhead in Burbank, CA.  He then worked for Rockwell International in Palmdale, CA in 1985 as a metallic and non-metallic composites fabricator.  From 1988 to 1990, he was employed with McDonnell Douglas in Torrance, CA.  Mr. Kuziora retired in 1994 from Hughes Aircraft in Palmdale, CA.  In his early years, he was part of the “Kuziora Trio” with his brothers Leo and Hank.  He continued to play the accordion until 2008 and his harmonica up until he passed.  Mr. Kuziora loved to joke around, laugh and have fun.  His charismatic personality and his contagious smile will be deeply missed.

Survivors include a son Gary Kuziora and daughter Kim Kuziora and her husband Robert Murray, all of California, a sister Gladys Halicki and a brother Leonard “Hank” (Betty) Kuzora, both of Forestville and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Florine (Militello) Kuziora, who died August 16, 2002 and whom he married in 1953 at the St. Rose of Lima Church in Forestville, 2 brothers Leo and Sebastian Kuziora, and a sister Mary Skop.  Services will be held in California.  To send condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

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