Alexander A. Kaders (Kochanski)
No funeral services have been announced for Alexander A. Kaders (Kochanski.)
Born April 16, 1918 in Chicago, Ill. to Alexander Kochanski and Veronica (Kazsuba) Kochanski, Alexander died peacefully at his home in Bishop on April 20, 2011. He was 93.
Alexander is now reunited with his wife in Heaven.
He married Shirley Mildred (Witting) also of Chicago, in Chicago, in 1939. They were married until her death, on Aug. 12, 2002. They had been married for 63 years.
The day after Pearl Harbor, he and his best friend enlisted in the Navy. He was stationed on the destroyer, the USS Maury. His ship saw action in every Naval battle in the Pacific during WWII, and it also received the most citations and commendations of any ships in the Pacific. While his ship was being repaired in New York, the war officially ended. Alexander and Shirley celebrated in the streets of New York and were only a few people away from the couple in the photo that became so famous of the Navy seaman kissing the nurse.
After the war they moved to California, to attend college. He graduated from Biola and became a pastor, settling in Costa Mesa. He pastured Central Bible Church in Costa Mesa from 1951-1956. He and Shirley had one child, Betty Joy Catherine (Barrett). He continued his education and received a PhD in psychology. He taught at many universities, including Biola and the University of San Francisco. He also continued to pastor at the Grand Ave. Evangelical United Brethren church in Santa Ana, from 1958-1964 and the Trinity United Methodist church in Anaheim from 1984-2002. He was the director of Goodwill Industries for many years. While at Goodwill he wrote and was granted the largest grant ever to be granted at that time from the state of California, working with Governor Ronald Reagan. After retiring from Goodwill, he helped many people while continuing in private practice in Orange County. In October 2008, he moved to Bishop to live near his daughter and granddaughters. He was very inspirational to all who knew him.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Betty Joy and Don Barrett of Bishop; granddaughters and their spouses, Lisa and Mike Marusicz of Bishop, Sadie Flannigan of Bishop, Andrea Cronin of Newport Beach, and Lauren Barrett of Bishop; six great-grandchildren, Alexandria Cronin of San Francisco, Brittney Cronin of Bishop, Christianna Cronin of Illinois, Devin Flannigan of Hemet, Mikey Marusicz of Bishop and Sabrina Flannigan of Bishop.