Cochara, Leonard Martin Sr.

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Cochara, Leonard Martin Sr. age 69 of Fredon Twp., NJ passed away Thursday November 1, 2018 at the St. Clare’s Hospital Denville, NJ. Born in Passaic, NJ he grew up and had lived many years in Garfield and later the Lakeview section of Paterson, NJ before moving to Fredon in 1996.

Son of the late Walter Michael and Phyllis (nee Olejarz) Cochara, Leonard was a graduate of the Garfield High School class of 1966. A little league coach in Garfield for many years, he also enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

Leonard had a long career as a Machine Operator in the Pharmaceutical Industry as well as being long time parishioner of the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church Newton. While on a date with Dianne B. (nee Uzar) Cochara; attending the movie “Love Story” Leonard realized the license plate on the car in the movie was Dianne’s birthdate and knew at that moment they were going to be married.

Survivors include his beloved wife of forty seven years Dianne B. (Uzar) Cochara, his sons Leonard M. Jr., Jeffrey A. and his daughter Suzanne A. Cochara all of Fredon Twp. Also survived by his brother Walter Jr. of Northport, Florida.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday November 7th, 2018 at 9:30 AM in the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church 24 Halsted St. Newton. Interment will follow in the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Cemetery Andover, NJ. Visitation will be held Tuesday November 6th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home #156 Main St. (Route 206) Newton, N.J.

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