Mike (Marion Michael) Koskowski, 92. of Hudson passed away in his sleep on February 6, 2021. Born October 21, 1928 in Stottville, NY, he was the son of Francizsek and Mary (Tobancyznski) Koskowski. Mike was the last remaining of his siblings, all brothers (Stanley, John, Henry, Raymond, Edward and Adam).
Mike grew up in downtown Hudson, attending Hudson schools.
Mike worked as a butcher for Lipshultz’s Market on lower Warren Street in his teens. Mike served from 1946-1949 in the US Army in the Pacific Theater. He and the late Ralph Laurella enlisted as part of the “buddy program”.
After being honorably discharged, Mike returned to Hudson and was employed for 20+ years with the Laborer’s Union -1000 Poughkeepsie, NY. He worked for Hudson City Savings Institution for 9 years prior to retiring.
He married the love of his life, Elizabeth Cacchillo in 1954 at Mt. Carmel Church in Hudson, officiated by Father Peter Luciano. The couple honeymooned in our nations capital, Washington, DC.
Mike was an active member of the Hudson BPOE - 787 (Elks Club), the Hudson VFW and American Legion. Mike was historically a congregant of The Sacred Heart Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Mary’s and Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Churches.
He enjoyed hunting deer, attending family picnics on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day at Fatso’s Tavern/Claverack Creek and later Lake Taghkanic, listening to jazz (especially “Old Blue Eyes”), dancing with his wife and cooking throughout his adult life.
Mike loved the Brooklyn Dodgers (was at Ebbets Field for the joyous 1955 & heartbreaking 1956 World Series ), the New York Mets and the New York Football Giants. He arranged for numerous bus trips to Shea Stadium and Fenway Park in the days before such excursions became commercially popular.
Mike believed every day was a good day and that better days were always coming.
Mike is survived by his wife of 66 years Elizabeth “Tish” (Cacchillo), sister-in-law Philomena “Dolly” (Lee) VanDeCarr, his children, Terrence (Dale) Koskowski, Marylou Schumann, Diane (John) Hallenbeck and Michael (Patricia) Koskowski, grandchildren Adrienne (Randy) Burger, Steven (Angela) Hallenbeck, Michelle (Kenny)Chung, Hannah Koskowski, Mike (Alison) Batcher, Keri (Guadalupe) Martinez, Matt (Amy) Koskowski, great grandchildren Corbin Burger, Jake Burger, Talia Hallenbeck, Sean Chung, James Chung, Benicio Martinez, Effie Martinez, Ivy Koskowski, his nieces and nephews including Chris Cacchillo, Barbara (Andy) Juliano, Ray (Gina) Koskowski, Maria (Terri) Proper, Vickie (Michael) Cupertino, Frank (Joanne) Koskowski, Paul Koskowski, Kathy (John) Blake, Bruce
Koskowski, John Koskowski, Darlene Koskowski, Karen Koskowski, Lee (Elizabeth) VanDeCarr, Jan (Jenifer) VanDeCarr and their children.
There will be no public service due to COVID guidelines.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Hudson and the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.