She was buried in Queens.
A mother of five, Kozak survived two strokes and the Spanish flu throughout her lifetime. She outlived two of her children and two husbands, and is survived by her 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Kozak was known for having an affinity for literature – and the game scrabble, of course – and was the former valedictorian at her grammar school in Brooklyn. She accredited her longevity to her healthy, active lifestyle.
She was an avid Zionist, practicing Jew, and named the seventh-oldest person in the world. Ironically, the oldest person in the world, Jiroemon Kimura from Japan, died a day after her at the age of 116.
In honor of her 110th birthday, Evelyn Kozak Day was declared in Pittsburgh, where she lived at the time of the celebration.
The supercentenarian would have turned 114 in August.
Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life