Christian (Chris) Richard Koshinski, 46, Mountain Top, died suddenly on Jan. 2, 2018.
Chris was born Feb. 26, 1971, as the youngest of four children to his mother Irene C. (Wojcik) Koshinski, and his beloved dad, the late Harry C. Koshinski. He enjoyed growing up in Shickshinny, and graduated from Bishop Hoban High School in 1989. When it came time for college, Chris chose to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point to pursue his love of football and to serve his country. He played in each of his four years, beating Navy twice, including his senior year.
Chris graduated from West Point in 1993, and he attained the rank of Captain in Field Artillery. He proudly served in the U. S. Army from 1993 to 1998. While stationed in Fort Sill, Okla., he met his one and only, Evette, whom he married. Chris and Evette raised two boys together, Christian and Ben, and are incredibly proud of the fine young men they have become. He was a proud dad! Chris enjoyed being a part of their lives through sports, outdoor activities, and sacraments in the St. Jude Church in Mountain Top; speaking of their accomplishments with such pride and joy and truly rejoicing in their own personalities. Chris cherished his wife, Evette, enjoyed their adventures together, and was honored to have her as mom to their two boys.
Family and friends always came first with Chris. Whether out fishing or rooting for Army football, Chris brought energy and humor into every situation. He was a man of his word, a very loyal friend, and no ask was ever too great for Chris.
The leadership skills and values he developed as a young officer served him well in a very successful business career in positions of increasing responsibility at GE, Nokia, Textron, Keystone Automotive Operations, FleetPride, as the President of Transtar Industries, and presently employed by Thomas Scientific in Swedesboro, N. J., serving as the COO. In addition to being a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, he earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Chris had a rare mix of self-confidence and an eagerness to learn. Truly larger than life, his persona was as big as his heart. With an ability to connect with people instantly, he had an incredible sense of humor and always left a memorable impression. His many close friends were lucky to have had him in their lives and he will be greatly missed.
In addition to his beloved wife, Evette, and two boys, Christian and Ben, Chris is also survived by: his mother, Irene; sister, Valerie Aiello and her husband, Joseph; brothers, Stephen Koshinski and his wife, Dawn, Casimir Koshinski and his wife, Gail; nieces, Grace, Jessica and Megan; nephews, Alexander, Matthew and Jason; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial was planned at St. Jude Church. Rev. Joseph Evanko and Rev. Richard Zavacki officiated. Military honors were accorded following the Mass. Interment was private and at the convenience of the family
Memorial donations can be made in Chris’ name to St. Jude School, 422 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, PA 18707. Funeral arrangements are by the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley.