Maria (Tschirgi) Kozak, 74 passed away peacefully with her daughters at her side on Sunday, September 3, 2017.
Born and raised in Chicago, Il., at 19 she arrived in California, making it her home for the next 53 years. In 1965, she began working for the Musician’s Union Local #6 in various capacities, becoming the “Special Assistant” to the President of Local #6, until retiring after 43 years of service.
Maria was a amazing professional piano player, playing many venues in San Francisco and the Peninsula. She also played for residents at Laguna Honda in San Francisco as well as other healthcare facilities. Her kindness and generosity showed in ways she seldom spoke of, donating to many charitable organizations, helping others in serious need. She received a certificate of “Appreciation” from the South San Francisco PD for rescuing a citizen with dementia. She had a great love of animals too.
Maria is predeceased by her husband, Ray Tschirgi (1934-2002), her mother Susanne Kozak, her sister Marcy Corona and her niece Sheila Corona. She is survived by her daughters Michelle Friesz of Paradise, Ca, Laura Squellati and Vicki Tschirgi of Novato, Ca She is also survived by her cherished nephews and nieces, Shannon, Sean, Sherry and Shane all of Chicago, Il.
A Celebration of her Life at Garden Chapel, 885 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, will be on Monday September 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm Internment will be private. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the “Open String Bay Area Music Project” http:// theopenstring.org/sf- bayarea-focus/ , The “Musical Fund Society” c/o Local #6, 116 9th St. San Francisco, 94103 , or your local Humane Society in Memory of Maria Kozak. Condolences may also be made at www.gardenchapl885.com