Rev. Frank W. Kocik, Parochial Vicar at St. Mary of the Assumption Church and St. Paul’s Church of Binghamton, died on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at his home. He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas J. and Josephine (Stirpe) Kocik, brother James, and niece Kim Snider; sister-in-law Dorothy Kocik. He is survived by his sister, Loretta Kocik; brothers Thomas F., John (Linda), and Richard Kocik; nephews Rev. Thomas M. Kocik, KHS, and Michael (Kate) Kocik; nieces Dare Marie (Erik) LaSalle, Jamie (Clayton) Culp, Elizabeth (Jon) Zimmerman; grandnephews Ryan (Samantha) Snider, Calvin and Julian Culp, Wally Zimmerman; grandnieces Isabella, Wylie and Fenway LaSalle, Nola Mae Culp, Parker Zimmerman; step-grandnephews William and Troy Bauma; great-grandniece and -nephew Shae Marie and Bronx Snider.
Fr. Kocik graduated from Binghamton North High School and then studied for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington, NJ. He was ordained a Priest on May 17, 1976 at St. Bridget’s in Glassboro, NJ, ministered in the Diocese of Camden 1976–1980, and was Parochial Vicar and Administrator of St. Patrick of the Island in Pincourt, Quebec 1980–2004 He then moved back to his home in Binghamton to serve at St. Mary of the Assumption and St. Paul’s Parishes.
Fr. Kocik’s body will be taken to St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Binghamton on Thursday, December 10, with the Welcoming of the Body at 4:00 pm. Visitation will follow until 7 PM, followed by a Vigil Service. All COVID-19 restrictions will be in place: Face coverings and social-distancing protocol will be followed; therefore, a limited number of people will be allowed in the church at a time. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated privately on Friday at 9:30 AM with the Most Rev. Douglas J. Lucia, Bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse, as the main celebrant, with Rev. Thomas Kocik, Fr. Frank’s nephew, concelebrating along with other local clergy. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Livestream of the service will be available on www.sheafuneralhome.com/obituaries/kocik.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Mary of the Assumption and St. Paul’s Church Refurbishment Fund in Fr. Kocik’s memory.
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