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John M. Coszalter

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
John Merle Coszalter, 50, passed away suddenly of a heart attack Dec. 13, 2012, in Topeka, Kan.

He was born Feb. 23, 1962, in Trinidad, to John P. and Antoinette (Bellegante) Coszalter. John was a 1980 graduate of Trinidad Catholic High School, Trinidad State Junior College on a basketball scholarship (1982) and Regis University, Denver, (1985) with a B.S. degree in Business Management.

John first worked for United Parcel Serive in Denver; then was branch manager for udio Visual Rentals, Inc., Denver; then worked at C & M Automotive Supply in Trinidad, his dadís business. His railroad career began with the Colorado and Sothern Railroad 32 years ago. He was currently a Crew Support Supervisor for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Topeka.

John was an avid sports fan supporting the Denver Broncos, University of Colorado Buffalos and the Denver Nuggets. He loved playing golf, riding his motorcycles, listening to rock and roll, and the Colorado mountains. Cars and motorcycles where his passion. Most of all, he loved life and people. Family and friends were everything to John. Heíll be remembered for his bright smile, eyes that lit up a room and the ability to tell a story and make you laugh. He was a loving son and brother and, most of all, a very good man.

He is survived by his fiancťe, Maria McNorton, and her two children, Ashley and Justin McNorton all of Topeka; two sisters, Evelyn Dardanes and husband Michael of Trinidad and Annette Cozalter of Trinidad and Charles Keeter of Joplin, Mo.; one niece Denille LePlatte and husband Dustin, and one nephew/godson Devin Dardanes and Daniel Flora of Denver; two great-nephews, Ralsten and Reese LaPlatt of Trinidad; two aunts, Dorothy Battistone and Sr. Olivia Maric Bellegante of Trinidad; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Antoinette, and grandparents Pete and Vitalina (Lira) Coszalter and Ernest and Ollie (Cornella) Bellegante.

Funeral will be Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, with Eulogy at 9:45 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church followed by the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers are Johnís family and friends.

Active pallbearers are Mike Dardanes, Charles Keeter, Chris Massarotti, John DeAngelis, Lou Sampson and Dennis Stroud.

A celebration of Johnís life will be in Topeka at a later date.

Condolences and memorial contributions may be sent to the Coszalter family in care of Comi Funeral Home, 1804 E. Main, St. Trinidad, CO. 81082.

Arrangements made under the direction of Comi Funeral Home.