Albina “Kay” Kozonasky, 93, of Middletown, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 25 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Alta Loma/Galveston, Texas, and grew up in the Houston Heights neighborhood. She graduated from St. Agnes Academy and St. Joseph’s Nursing School (now part of St. Thomas University) in Houston. She served as a lieutenant in the US Army Nursing Corps in the 1940s and spent time on assignment in Korea. Following her marriage to her former husband, the late Michael J. Kozonasky, she lived in New York City, Passaic, Philadelphia and Langhorne, Pennsylvania. She has resided in the Fairview section of Middletown since 1958.
In the early 1960s she began her career of more than 30 years as a nurse at Riverview Medical Center. For many years she worked nights in the Intensive Care Unit and the Cardiac Care Unit. During the 1980s she also attended Jersey City State University and obtained her bachelor of science degree. When she retired in 1992 she was serving as a nurse (finally working days) in Riverview’s Outpatient Clinic. She enjoyed her work at Riverview and spending time with her many Riverview friends and colleagues.
She was an accomplished gardener, an avid reader and a follower of the stock market. She was a graduate of the Ocean County Master Gardener program and a member of a NJ Utilities Investment Group. She was not fond of computers and prided herself on hand writing letters and mailing cards to her many friends and relatives. At age 93 she and her Houston childhood friend, Hilda Drohan, continued to exchange letters on a regular basis to keep in touch about the activities of their friends, children and grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Caroline Chajkowski; three brothers, Dimitri, Frank and Paul Chajkowski; her foster parents, Joseph and Marie Drohan; foster brothers, Joseph and William Drohan; and her daughter-in-law, Linda Kozonasky. She is survived by her devoted children, Michele Evans of Alexandria, Virginia, Christopher Kozonasky of Brick and Paul (Martha) Kozonasky of Concord, California; her cherished grandchildren, Caroline (Scott) Bickford and Kate (Andrew)Barnes of Glen Allen, Virginia, and Paul Kozonasky Jr. and Mathew Kozonasky of Concord, California; and her very special great-grandson, Ambrose Barnes. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. She was especially close to her sister-in-law and best friend Dorothy Eberhard, and her niece Ellen Eberhard Andreas of Middletown. She always appreciated the many years of love and support she received from the Eberhard, Kozonasky, Chajkowski and Dolinsky families.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 31 at the Thompson Memorial Home followed by interment at Fair View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Friends of the Middletown public Library, 55 New Monmouth Rd., Middletown, NJ 07748 (www.friendsofmtpl.org) or The VCU Massey Cancer Center, P.O. Box 980214, Richmond VA 23298-0214 (www.support.vcu.edu/give/massey).
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