Joseph J. Kot passed away on May 31, 2022, at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, NJ, at the age of 81.
Born to Frank and Sophia (Tama) Kot, he was one of 16 children born in the coal mining town of Johnstown, PA.
Joseph proudly served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1960 in the 3d Battalion, 80th Artillery, where he was stationed in Germany from 1958 until he was Honorably Discharged. He then moved to New Jersey, settling in Garfield before moving to Lake Hiawatha where he raised his family and then retired to Milford, DE where he lived for 15 years before moving to Hamilton Square, NJ last year.
He worked for many years as a union Electrician at ADT Security in Clifton, NJ and owned a successful flower shop before retiring in 2006. He loved animals, wildlife, and nature. One of his favorite things was taking Sunday drives into scenic beauty, whether it was the mountains or farmland. He also enjoyed taking family hikes to the Delaware Water Gap on the weekends or anywhere else if the backdrop was scenic. Joseph was also very handy, he loved to fix and remodel things, and took great pride in working in his yard or around the house. Another passion he had was going to a good Polish festival or Octoberfest or checking out the Military Airshows. Above all else he loved to spend time with his family and 10 grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 31 years, Nancy (Torcicollo) Kot in 1997.
He was also predeceased by 14 siblings.
Joseph, who was affectionately called Dede by his family, is survived by his loving children Lisa M. Bergen of Staten Island, NY, Laurie and her husband Vincent D’Auria of Allentown, NJ, and Kevin and his wife Jennifer Kot of Denville, NJ. He is also survived by his adoring grandchildren Marissa Bergen, Justine Bergen, Christian Kot, Ryan D’Auria, Kaiden Kot, Hannah D’Auria, Tyler Kot, Shane D’Auria, Cassidy Kot, and Jesse D’Auria, as well as his brother Teddy Kot and his niece Cindy Cynthia (Urbasik) Britton.
Visitation be held on Monday June 6, 2022, from 3:00PM to 5:00PM and 7:00PM to 9:00PM at Norman Dean Home for Services 16 Righter Avenue Denville, NJ 07834 www.normandean.com. A Liturgy of Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday June 7, at 10:00AM at St. Peter the Apostle Church 179 Baldwin Road Parsippany, NJ 07054. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, NJ.