John J. Koval Jr. MONTPELIER — John J. Koval Jr., 84, of lower State Street died on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on Jan. 24, 1936, the son of John J. Koval Sr. and Mary (Hanecak) Koval, in Cohoes, New York. He received his primary education from St. Agnus Elementary School in Cohoes and later attended Catholic Central High School in Troy, New York, where he excelled in many sports. He then went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Sienna College. John was also a member of the National Guard for six years. On Aug. 2, 1969, he married Janet Fraser at St. Augustine Catholic Church. John arrived in Vermont as manager of W.T. Grant's and continued in retail at Bells Clothing Store and Aubuchon Hardware. He and his wife also ran the J.J. Cheese and Wine Store on State Street several years. His memberships included St. Augustine Church and the Central Vermont Skating Association. He also volunteered for the Montpelier Food Shelf and Central Vermont Medical Center. John would often extend his kindness by visiting with nursing home patients who otherwise had no other visitors. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Janet Koval of Montpelier; his son, Peter Koval and companion Danielle Record and their son, Parker, of Barre Town; sister, Margaret Carboni and husband Edward, and brother, Andrew Koval, all of Cohoes; and many nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Parkinson Association. Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.