Leonard Berkoski

Leonard Bernard "Duke" Berkoski Jr.

October 22, 1940 - September 9, 2020
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With great sadness, we announce the loss of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Leonard “Duke” Berkoski Jr, who passed away at home in Arnold MD on September 9, 2020 at the age of 79.

Duke is survived by his wife Jean; children, Leonard 3rd, Riva, Maryland, and Daniel, Owings, Maryland; Grandchildren, Matthew, Andrew, Kayleigh, and Ryan; and Brothers Albert and Robert of Pennsylvania.

Duke was born in Taylor Hospital in Pennsylvania to Leonard Sr. and Stefania “Stacia” Berkoski and grew up in a large home with his grandmother in Avoca. He went to St. Mary’s Parochial school from grades one to eight, rode the bus to St. John’s in Pittston, Pa. for his freshman and sophomore year, and then transferred to Avoca High School graduating in 1958. Duke played two years on the Avoca football team. Duke graduated with a Business Degree from the University of Scranton in 1962, after which he enlisted in the Marine Corps.

Duke was stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia from 1962 to 1964 and participated in both the President John F. Kennedy funeral procession Honor Guard as well as Martin Luther King’s speech on the Mall. After being honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal, Duke relocated to the Washington DC region where he met Jean Ann Taylor, and they were married in St. Agnes Catholic Church, Arlington, Virginia by Monsignor Ralph Kuehner.

Duke retired as a Casualty Automobile Claims Manager from the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund, Annapolis, Maryland on January 1, 2006, with 20 years of State of Maryland Service. He previously worked for Crawford and Company Insurance Adjusters and American International Adjustment Company, a subsidiary of AIG.

A Memorial Mass will be offered on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 11:30 am at St. John Evangelist, 669 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park, MD 21146. Due to Covid-19 restrictions at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville inurnment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online condolences and tributes may be made by using the link on this page.
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    Monday, September 21st, 2020 | 11:30am
    Monday, September 21st, 2020 11:30am
    St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church-Severna Park
    689 Ritchie Highway
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