Russell J Kokernak -- West Warwick

West Warwick - Russell J. Kokernak, 65, of Trellis Drive, died Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Kent Hospital in Warwick. He was the beloved husband of Joan F. (Carpenter) Kokernak.

Born in Worcester, MA a son of the late Felix J. and Irene G. (Bianchi) Kokernak he lived in West Bolyston, MA before moving to West Warwick in 2003. Russell was a United States Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and the recipient of two bronze stars.

Russell was a member of the Christian Hill Community Church. He was an avid bird watcher and amateur photographer. His family is remembering him as someone who is kind, gentle and always put others first.

Besides his wife he is survived by his daughter Susan Smith and her husband John of Spencer, MA; his son Scott Kokernak and his wife Kim of Worcester, MA; his step-children Jeremy Booth and his wife Mandy of Middletown, RI and Stephanie Beazley and her husband Brian of Westminster, CO; his sister Jean Powers of Cranston, RI; his brother James Kokernak and his wife Pam of Grafton, MA and nine grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Christian Hill Community Church, 56 Tiogue Avenue, West Warwick. Interment in Mount Vernon Cemetery, West Bolyston, MA will be private. Information and condolences at

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Reported: 01/21/13 (Show all obituaries for this day)

By: Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home and White Dove Crematory (Show all obituaries and information about this funeral home)

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