WILLIAM J. KUKOY "Coach" Gary, Indiana Age 80 a lifetime Gary resident, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2007. Survived by wife of 35 years, Annette; four children: Julianna Kukoy of CT, Elizabeth (Josh) Lewis of Chicago, IL, Frank (Kimberley) Venturella of Highland, Vince (Cindra) Venturella of Carmel, IN; brother, Joseph (Lillian) Kukoy of OH; four grandchildren: Giavonna, Maggie, Monica and Marissa Venturella. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Julia Kukoy; sister, Irene Meschede. Coach was a member and longtime usher at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church; member of the K of C Msgr. Joseph S. Ryder Council 4047. He was a retired teacher, coach, and athletic director for the Gary School System (Lew Wallace High School) with 30 years of service and was a member of Indiana Retired Teachers Association. He was a graduate of Lew Wallace High School, received his BA degree and played basketball at North Carolina State University and received his Master's degree from Purdue University. He was an avid and accomplished golfer and longtime member of Turkey Creek Golf Club and was a World War II Army veteran. Friends may call at Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service, 6360 Broadway, Merrillville Thursday from 2-8 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 3:00 p.m. and K of C Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be Friday, December 7, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. from Pruzin Brothers Chapel and 10:00 a.m. from SS. Peter & Paul Catholic church (5885 Harrison St., Merrillville) with Rev. Dennis Teles officiating. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SS. Peter & Paul Transformation Fund.
Published in the Post-Tribune from 12/4/2007 - 12/6/2007.