My dear friend Mike lost his mom and grandfather in the couple weeks surrounding Christmas. If you would like to give to the family in this time, please give and share this campaign. Below are the obituaries to both his mom, Julie and his grandfather, John. In lieu of flowers, memorials are being directed to the family to establish an education fund for Mike's 14 yr. old sister, Kassandra. Thank you for your generosity. <3
Julie (Kozdra) Fornesi Smeltzer, 49, a lifelong resident of Salem, NH passed away on December 16, 2018. She was born in Methuen, MA to John F. and Jane (Collins) Kozdra on September 16, 1969. She was educated in Salem, NH public schools and a graduate of Fazio's School of Beauty in Lawrence, MA.
Julie practiced cosmetology her entire working career both owning her own salon and working in several different salons in Salem, NH. Julie was very compassionate, kind-hearted person, a loyal friend with a great love for people and animals.
She is survived by her son, Michael Fornesi; her daughter, Kassandra Smeltzer; her parents, John and Jane Kozdra; her brother and his wife, Bud and Sherrie Hawkins; her sister and her husband, Linda and Dan Davis; her sister and her husband, Kristin and John Handy; her maternal aunt Charlotte Collins along with other aunts and uncles and many nieces and nephews.
Following cremation, visiting hours will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm in the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem. A funeral will follow Saturday at 1:00pm in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family to help establish an education fund for her daughter; Kassandra.
John F. Kozdra, Jr.., 76, of Hampstead, NH died after a long illness on Thursday, December 27th.
He was born in Lawrence, MA, the son of the late, Nellie (Agofski) and John Kozdra and he grew up in Salem, NH. John served in the US Navy. He worked as a self employed contractor. John loved to go fishing, play cards and spend time with his grandchildren.
John will be sadly missed by his wife of 50 years, Jane (Collins) Kozdra of Hampstead, NH; his children, Bud Hawkins and wife Sherrie of Byfield, MA, Linda Davis and husband Dan of Pearland, TX and Kristin Handy and husband John of Sandown, NH; his siblings, William Kozdra, David Kozdra, Steven Kozdra and Virginia Poulin, all of FL; his 9 grandchildren, Michael Fornesi, Jacob Hawkins, Daniel Davis, Jr, Brittany Hawkins, Andrew Davis, Joshua Davis, Hunter Handy, Raia Handy and Kassandra Smeltzer; his two great grandchildren, Caellum Davis and Kira Davis and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Julie Smeltzer and his sister, Francis Quinn.
Visitation will be on Saturday, December 29th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM followed by a funeral at 1:00 PM at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem, NH.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s name may be made to the Kassandra Smeltzer education fund c/o Jane Kodra.