John “Jack” Kotsch Jr.

October 4, 1940 - June 20, 2015
John “Jack” Kotsch Jr.

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John F. “Jack” Kotsch Jr. of Calcutta died peacefully at the Hospice House in Poland OH after a long illness on Saturday June 20, 2015. Jack was born in Youngstown on October 4, 1940 a son of the late John F Kotsch Sr. and Eleanor (Smith) Kotsch. Having lived most of his life in the area, Jack was in the first graduating class of Beaver Local High School Class of 1959, and retired from GM Lordstown after 34 years. Jack was a faithful member of the Destiny House Assembly of God, where he was head of the Hospitality Ministry, and actively involved with the Kingdom Kupboard food pantry. Jack enjoyed blacksmithing and knife making and he was a member of the Mahoning Valley Knife collectors. He was a talented musician, avid gardener, antique collector and Pittsburgh Pirate fan. Jack is survived by his wife Cynthia Kotsch whom he married in 2004; four daughters: Ruth Kotsch of Rogers, Rose Hulton and her husband Oliver of Rogers, Robin Kidd and her husband David of Homeworth OH, Amy Powell and her husband Lenard of Rogers; a daughter-in-law: Janeen Kotsch of Negley; four step sons: Matthew Zelinsky of Pittsburgh, Marc Zelinsky of Pittsburgh, Michael Zelinsky Stationed at Fort Polk Louisiana, and Zachary Zelinsky of Pittsburgh; a sister: Donna Weyand and her husband Eldon of New Waterford; a sister-in-law: Marilyn “Kay” Kotsch of New Waterford and seven grandchildren: Brandon Kidd, Alex Kidd, Kaitlin Kidd,  Tylor Hulton, Brianne Hulton, Troy Kotsch, and Orianna Powell. In addition to his parents Jack was preceded in death by a son: John W. Kotsch; a grandson: Justin Kidd; a brother:  Ronald Kotsch and three sisters: Sharon Schmidt, Joyce Garrott, and Linda Kunkle. Services will be held Saturday June 27, 2015 at the Destiny House Assembly of God at 11 AM with Pastor Cody Berry of the church officiating. Burial will follow at Crest Haven Memorial Gardens Family and friends will be present to receive friends at the Calcutta Chapel of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes on Friday June 26, 2015 from 3-8pm and 1 hour prior to the time of service on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kingdoms Kupboard food pantry at the Destiny House Assembly of God or to the Hospice of the Valley Hospice House in Poland OH Family and friends may view this obituary, leave online condolences and view the video tribute by visiting our facebook page or at


Saturday, June 27, 2015
12:00 AM

Destiny House Assembly of God - Directions
49345 Calcutta Smithferry Rd.
Calcutta , OH 43920


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Crest Haven Memorial Gardens - Directions
6086 State Rte. 7
New Waterford , OH 44455


Friday, June 26, 2015
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes Calcutta Chapel - Directions
15872 St. Clair Avenue
Calcutta, Ohio 43920

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  • June 23, 2015
    Connie Ciriello says:
    I went to Destiny House and remember Jack as a wonderful Christian man. My husband is a die-hard Pirate fan, and I remember the first time I actually realized that Jack was sitting right behind the batter !! I told my husband " I know that guy ! He goes to my church !" And every time we watched a game, I would look for Jack sitting there in his seat, watching the game. When he wasn't there, I realized how sick he had become and how much he would be missed.

  • December 25, 2015
    Mark Franklin lit a candle:
    Lit since December 25, 2015 at 12:46:41 PM

  • July 05, 2015
    Paul Denny says:
    May you rest in peace Jack,From your Union Brother, Carpool Buddy & most of all a GREAT Friend. You will be missed very much. Paul & Barbara Denny

  • June 26, 2015
    Judy Bratten says:
    We certainly will miss Jack's smile, laughter and warmth as he volunteered as the blacksmith at Historic Fort Steuben. He drew young people to him as he told stories and demonstrated his skill at the forge. I speak for all of us at Fort Steuben when I express our condolences to Cindy and all the family!

  • June 26, 2015
    Jim Honick lit a candle:
    Lit since June 26, 2015 at 6:47:11 AM