Victor Kochmann, 92

Victor Kochmann, 92, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 surrounded by his loving family in his home.  He was born in Chernivtsi, Romania on September 19, 1925 to Eugenia and Josef Kochmann and was raised there until he was a teenager, then drafted into the Army during WWII. Following the war, Victor resided in England for some time after WWII before relocating to Austria, where he met his wife Anna. While living in Europe one of Victor’s proudest moments was becoming nationally recognized as Master Interior House Painter by the European community, a notable status that takes a lot of time and dedication to achieve.  He also became fluent in seven languages, which he learned simply by listening to others speak.

He immigrated to Newark, NJ and after many years of saving from his many jobs, he earned enough to buy his first house and moved to South Plainfield, NJ in 1966.

After arriving to the United States, he became a Machinist for the Ruesch Co. in Springfield until his retirement. But after a year, Victor decided he needed to keep busy and went back to work for many more years at Siemans.  A dedicated loving family man, his family was so appreciative and so proud of his committed work efforts he put forth to provide, support and care all of them. And he was so proud of his first home in South Plainfield so much he never wanted to leave and he never did.

Victor had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. He sang at home for his children and his wife almost every day, and even his cat, Bootsie.  He loved to dance and he loved to laugh and never stopped joking around, even when life was difficult. He made everyone smile. He was a proud member of the Plainfield Gesang Turn Verein, a German singing Club. He never missed a concert and it brought him so much joy.  He was also the bartender for all the events and loved serving his favorite German beers, which he made sure everyone knew were brewed under strict German purity laws.  In addition, Victor was a passionate soccer fan and followed both the German and United States National Soccer teams.  He was such a devout fan, he was interviewed by the local paper and made the front page during the World Cup. He loved following the New York Cosmos as well, and never missed a game. Anyone sitting near him had to duck and cover because when a goal was scored all his food and drinks went flying into the air with his happiness. He will be missed for all the joy and all the love be brought to every single person who was lucky enough to know him.  

Predeceased by his parents and sister Valeria, Victor is survived by his beloved wife Anna, daughter; Christine Kochmann (John Schmid) of Edison, son; Nicholas (Maureen Vandenbrande) two grandchildren; David and Samuel, and four great grandchildren.

Honoring his wishes, all services are being held private under the direction of the McCriskin – Gustafson Home for Funerals 2425 Plainfield Ave. South Plainfield, NJ 07080. His children will plan a memorial to celebrate his life in the coming months.

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