Peter A. Kocis, 71


Peter A. “Pete” Kocis, 71, of Springfield, died at 6:07 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, 2023, at HSHS St.John’s Hospital in Springfield.

A Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday, May 23, at Butler Funeral Home in Springfield. A private family inurnment was held at Calvary Cemetery. Cremation rites were accorded. Butler Funeral Home in Springfield assisted the family with arrangements.

Mr. Kocis was born on April 18, 1952, in Litchfield, the son of Albert Thomas and Betty Virginia Griffith Kocis. He married Janet Kay Allan on April 12, 1975, at Saints Simon and Jude in Gillespie.

Mr. Kocis graduated from Gillespie High School in 1970 and earned his bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in history at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He was employed as an insurance underwriter for Franklin Life, which later became AIG,retiring in 2008. Mr. Kocis was also a scorekeeper for Lincoln Land Community College’s softball team. He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council #2076. Mr. Kocis loved to watch his daughters and grandkids play sports and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. He enjoyed watching softball and baseball, yardwork, vegetable gardening, and meeting with his “Klatch” at Starbucks.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Kocis is survived by his daughters, Nichol (Bill) Antonacci of Springfield and Amanda (Wendy Smith) Kocis of Kewanee; grandchildren, Abbie and Sam Antonacci, both of Springfield; siblings, Phil (Jolene) Kocis of Estero, FL, Paul Kocis of Riverton, Monica (Gene) Beyer of Chatham and Mary (Larry) Hebert of Springfield; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant sister, Kathleen Kocis.

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