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Jack Clarence Kochera

March 21, 1934 ~ June 5, 2020 (age 86)


Jack Clarence Kochera, aka John C. Kochera, passed away on Friday morning, June 5, 2020 at his home in Colchester, Connecticut. Born March 21, 1934 in Johnstown, PA; he was the son of the late John and Susan (Kolesar) Kochera. Jack attended Windber High School and graduated in 1952. Shortly after graduating he proudly served our nation by enlisting in the United States Army serving as a medic. During his enlistment Jack was stationed in California, where he met his wife Marilyn Williges; the couple married in 1957 in San Francisco. Jack worked at and retired from the Bend School District in Bend, Oregon. Jack and Marilyn escaped the snow and retired in NW Arkansas, where their daughter and son-in-law lived. In 2016, they followed them to back to the snow in Connecticut. Jack was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening, and loved traveling – seeing most of this great country. He also had a wonderful sense of humor and truly enjoyed a good joke, even if it was on him. He will be forever loved by his wife of 63 years, Marilyn Kochera of Colchester; and their daughters Yvonne (John) Kirby of Colchester, and Kara (Terry) Surface of Sisters, Oregon. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Jack’s name to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ASPCA Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20077-7127. Care of private funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester. For online condolences, please visit

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