Dr. Sigmund Antinor Kosewick

Dr. Sigmund Antinor Kosewick

February 06, 1915 - December 13, 2004

Dr. Sigmund Antinor Kosewick

February 06, 1915 - December 13, 2004


Dr. Sigmund Antinor Kosewick, 89.  Born February 6, 1915 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania to Mateus and Michelina Kosewicz.  Passed away December 13, 2004 at Saddleback Hospital in Laguna Hills, California.  Sigmund was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Terrell Kosewick; his daughter, Mary Annette Kosewick; his seven brothers and one sister.  A Pearl Harbor survivor, Sigmund was very proud of his twelve year 1934 – 1946 enlistment and service to his country in the U.S. Navy.  Sigmund went on to earn his two Bachleor’s of Science degrees from Wilmington College and the Ohio State University.  He later earned his M.D. from the Ohio State University in 1952.  Dr. Kosewick served in the California State Hospital for the Mentally Handicapped System from 1958 – 1970, taking positions at the Porterville State Hospital in Porterville and the Fairview State Hospital in Costa Mesa.  Concurrently, he served his psychiatric residency at Patton State Hospital.  He later served as Medical Director of Kernview Hospital in Bakersfield.  An avid book collector, Sigmund created a library with thousands of titles on his bookshelves.  Dr. Kosewick is survived by his son, John Kosewick and his wife, Jackie; his daughter Suzanne and her husband, David; his grandchildren, Jason Kosewick, Jenna Nolan, Jeff Kosewick, A’lee Wardwell and Mark Jones; his great-grandchildren, Kevin Kosewick, Nicholas Nolan, Heath Wardwell and Sophia Wardwell.  He will be greatlymissed and always loved and cherished.

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4 responses to Dr. Sigmund Antinor Kosewick

  1. John, Jackie and Family
    Please know that our hearts and thoughts are with you this week. He was a prince of a man and we are all blessed by having the opportunity to have met him ! We are keeping you in our prayers! Our sympathy and love to all of you ! Rose and Bob

  2. Dear Family of Dr. Sigmund A. Kosewick,

    I was saddened to read in this morning’s “Bakersfield Californian” of the “Graduation” of my friend, Dr. Sigmund A. Kosewick, whom I had known for many years.

    I followed his appointment to Sequoia Area VIII Developmental Disabilities Council. He was a tremendous resource to me in learning the field. As a school administrator, having survived ADD/HA with dysgraphia, with one of our four children being eligible for Kern Regional Center services, I relied on Sigmund’s willingness to share his vast knowledge and wisdom in my work with schools, parents, children, Mental Health Association in Kern County and aiding in obtaining services for others in our communities agencies.

    Till we meet around our Fathers throne, we will never know how many people benefited by knowing Sigmund.

    Donald J. Silvius

  3. To John & Suzanne and your families, my deepest sympathies to you and your loved ones. Thinking about your Father and Mother I can’t imagine how blessed and loved you must feel to have been born to two wonderful people. I will never forget being invited to their 50th wedding anniversary and listening to those two singing together. To see the love they had for each other, that was priceless.

    My prayers go out to you and your families, May the peace of our Lord be with you at this time.

    Love Joe

  4. I was the pastor of the Bakersfield Friends Church from its beginning in 1979 until 1986. I returned from my new home in Indiana a few times for visits and was always happy to see Sigmund and Florence. I heard that she died earlier and when I was in Bakersfield earlier this month to visit my parents, I saw that Sigmund had died. He was a wonderful man and always a great encouragement to me as pastor even though he was Catholic and came only because Florence was a Quaker. I learned a lot from him and always appreciated his kind words, regular attendance at worship, constant support, and refreshing sense of humor. I am grateful for the years I knew him and the time that our paths crossed.

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