Lucien A. Gocka (1928 - 2008)

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Biography

Birth


Norwich, New London County, Connecticut

Death

at HOME GOCKA FARM,
367 Waterman Rd , Lebanon, New London County, Connecticut

Burial / Funeral

at Maplewood Cemetery,
Norwich, New London County, CT

Obituary

Last Known Residence

HOME,
367 Waterman Rd , Lebanon, New London County, Connecticut USA

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Education

Norwich Free Academy

Professions

OWNER/CONTRACTOR
EASTERN CONNECTICUT CONTRACTING

Military Service

US AIRFORCE
US ARMY SARGENT KOREAN WAR VET

Surnames

Ethnicity

Polish/Russian

Nationality

AMERICAN

Religion

Catholic

Gender

Male

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Obituary

Lucien Alfred Gocka, 80, of Waterman Road, Lebanon, beloved husband of Madeline, passed away Wednesday morning (Nov. 12, 2008) at home. Born August 12, 1928 in Norwich, he was a son of the late John and Viola Gocka. He graduated from Norwich Free Academy and went on to proudly serve with the US Air Force in the late 1940's. In December of 1949, he wed the former Madeline L. Semmelrock at Sacred Heart Church in Norwichtown. In August of 1950, he was called back to serve a term with the National Guard during the Korean War before his Honorable Discharge at the rank of Sergeant in April of 1952. Mr. Gocka was a self-employed contractor for many years, owning and operating Eastern CT Contracting before his retirement. Proud of his Polish heritage, he was avid polka dancer and fan of the Dick Pillar Orchestra and a member of St. Joseph's Polish Society in Colchester. He also enjoyed his hobby farm at home, and will be remembered for his work ethic, creativity and example that he set forward for his children. In addition to his loving wife of nearly 59 years, he is survived by four children, Josephine Bard and her husband, Frank of Palm Harbor, FL, Lucien, Jr. and his wife, Kathy of Lebanon, Charles of Lebanon and Richard of Norwichtown; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia Perkins of Norwich and Jennifer Puza of Tennessee; his brother, Edwin of Norwich; and numerous extended family members and friends. Friends may call 1 to 3 PM Sunday at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester. The funeral will assemble starting at 10 AM Monday at the funeral home before a 10:30 AM Chapel Service with Fr. Brian J. Converse, officiating. Committal with full military honors will follow in Maplewood Cemetery, Norwich. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Assn., 306 Industrial Park Rd., Ste. 105, Middletown 06457. For online condolences, please visit [external link].

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