Jan. 19, 1994 New Hartford Oneida County New York, USA
Sep. 29, 2012 Brockport Monroe County New York, USA
Alexandra Gerace Kogut, Age 18 years old, of New Hartford, New York went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 29, 2012. She was born January 19, 1994, in New Hartford, daughter of Mark and Becky Gerace Kogut.
Alex was a 2012 graduate of New Hartford High School. Alex was a varsity swimmer, captain of the swim team, a lifeguard, taught at Learn to Swim in New Hartford, and was a friend to all in the community. She was also the recipient of the Citizenship Award, which personified her unselfishness, leadership, and willingness to always help others, without any motive besides caring. Her legacy to us is one of kindness and gentleness. Alex was pursuing her higher education and was excited about her future.
Alex could do anything she set her mind to - she enjoyed swimming, snowboarding, water skiing, boating and ice skating. She also enjoyed spending time with her family at Big Moose Lake, along with her dogs, Sophia and DD Boy.
Alex is survived by her parents, Mark and Becky Kogut, and her loving sister, Sydney Kogut, of New Hartford; her grandparents, Frank and Marion Gerace and John and Barbara Kogut; and great-grandmother, "Phil" Sciortino. She is treasured by her aunts and uncles, Victor Gerace, Anthony Sandouk, Lisa Sandouk-Romanelli and Don Romanelli, Felicia and Ken Lagasse, Jean Trippe, Lou and Patsy (deceased) Sandouk, Kelly Kogut and C.J. Weinschreider, Amy Kogut Klempay and Tom Klempay, Christopher and Shahiba Kogut, and cousins, Andrew and Emily Weinschreider, Oscar and Charles Klempay, Rayka and Calvin Kogut, Sarah and Grace Romanelli, Owen Lagasse, Marco and Francesca Gerace, and many loving extended family members.
The funeral will be on Thursday at 12 noon at St. John the Evangelist Church, New Hartford, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Calling hours are on Wednesday from 4-8 PM at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, 13 Oxford Rd., New Hartford.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to New Hartford Central School District, Attn: Kim Hibbard, 29 Oxford Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413, to establish an Alexandra Kogut memorial award. Alex lived her life according to the quote by Ida Scott Taylor: "Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone, and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering."
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on October 2, 2012.