"Rest in Love" Troy Zukosky Funeral

With a heavy heart, I ask for your help. My cousin, Troy Zukosky, passed away, Thursday January 11th. He leaves seven children behind, five of them under the age of 15 with the youngest being less than a year old. As you can imagine, our family is grieving right now and the last thing we want them to worry about is finances. Funeral expenses are only the beginning for this family. 

This occasionally fatal illness leaves more questions than answers.  It is good for us to accept that many of our questions will never be answered. But there are plenty of things we do know.

We know that Troy loved his 7 children: Shianne, Anthony, Sadie, Alexa, Troy, Liana & Karder.

We know that Troy loved and cared about our huge family & his girlfriend Jessica.

We know that Troy had this unique ability to touch the lives of people in significant ways.  You’ve no doubt been telling and hearing some of these stories over the past days. 

Anyone who knew Troy, knows that he had a huge heart and would help anyone who needed it. Please consider helping our family in their time of need. 

I AM GRATEFUL:  When you tell these stories, it is natural to be grateful, especially grateful to God for placing Troy in your life. This is a good day to give thanks to God for placing Troy in your life. We know that because Troy has played an important part in shaping who we are, his death leaves a hole that is huge. It hurts. It leaves us reeling.  It leaves some of us feeling overwhelmed.

This is a good day to acknowledge that hurt and pain. We know that just like God gave Troy the gift of encouragement, God gives gifts to people so that the work of God might be accomplished.  When we care for one another we are doing God’s work. This is a good day to allow people to comfort us.

We know that God has made some irrevocable promises to Troy.  Long ago Troy was baptized and became a child of God.  That was a relationship that God promised never to abandon.  On a day like this it is so important to let these words take hold of us.  I paraphrase.  “What can separate us from God’s love?  Nothing, nada, zip, zilch, not the stupid things we do, not the little mistakes we make, not the big blunders that hurt others, not anything at all.”  God’s love in Christ Jesus is for all time, and it is for Troy.

We know that God made the promise to Troy to love him, to be with him in thick and thin, and to forgive him. God promised to forgive Troy. That brings our family peace today.

We know that God promised Troy everlasting life.  Jesus goes ahead to prepare a place for Troy. That brings our family hope.

It is a jumbled-up time for our family, with all this mixed together.  Bittersweet describes it best.  It is as should be.  Ultimately, we know that God is the source of healing; bringing promise, forgiveness, and most importantly … hope.

Today, we grieve for Troy, but we know that those who love Christ will someday be with him in heaven.

~John 16:20 Truly, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy when you see me again.

~John 16:22 You have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy
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Organizer and beneficiary

Ariane Swanson-Zerfass 
Pottsville, PA
Kathy Zukosky Haskell 

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