In memory of
Kenneth Kraiza
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In memory of
Kenneth Kraiza
Kenneth Kraiza, 85, died Thursday morning, Oct. 13, 2016, at Bickford Nursing Home in Windsor Locks. He was born Kenneth Francis Michael Kraiza on Aug. 22, 1931, in Hartford to Alice and Frank Kraiza of Windsor Locks. He grew up in Windsor Locks and after graduating high school, at the age of 18, he decided to enlist in the military and joined the army. He served three years in the Korean War, where he earned three bronze stars and several other medals. After his discharge from his military duties, he remained active with the Veterans Administration in Detroit and Newington until his death. In 1952 when he was on a three-day leave, he met his future wife, Trudy, in a local bistro centered in the heart of New York City. One year later, Nov. 11, 1953, they eloped and were married at city hall in downtown Detroit. The following September, their first-born and only daughter, Nancie Rochelle, was born in Detroit, where Ken made a home for the next 40 years. Kenneth retired in 1990 after many years as a truck driver from Northwest Seafood Company in Hamtramck, Michigan. In 1996, he and his wife retired to Clearwater, Florida, where they resided for two years. Realizing living by the seaside was not what they envisioned, in 1997 they packed up once more and moved to Kenneth's hometown, Windsor Locks, and remained there until their deaths. Growing up in Windsor Locks, he was active in sports and spent his high school years on the football and baseballs teams. His interest in sports never faded and as a Detroit resident, he was a loyal Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions fan. He would spend many weekend afternoons and evenings in an effort not to miss a game. Kenneth is predeceased by his wife, Trudy; and survived by his daughter, Nancie Rochelle Vassallo, of Novi, Michigan; his brothers-in-law, Lawrence Levitt, of Tumwater, Washington, and Sandy Levitt of Westminster, Maryland; sister-in-law Tammy, of Tumwater; his cousins residing in Connecticut, Kathy Brown (Jeffery) and Cathy Jeffery (Kenneth Jeffery), Mary Kay Rossi, Lynn Rossi, Jeannette Rossi (Louis Rossi); and several other cousins; his aunt, Irene Jeffrey residing in New York; and several nieces and nephews residing in other states. Kenneth will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Burial and memorial services will be announced. Carmon Funeral Home in Windsor has care of the arrangements. For online condolences and guest book, please visit us at www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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