BRISTOL — Charles E."Soko" Sokoloski, 84, of Upper Birch Drive, died Monday, November 18, 2013, at Mt. Ridge Health Care Center after a period of declining health. He was born in Chelsea, MA the son of Jack and Julia (Boczkowski) Sokoloski. He grew up and attended schools in Chelsea. At 16 he decided he wanted to join the Armed Forces and his mother signed papers allowing him to join the US Navy. After serving in the Navy for two years he decided he would prefer to serve on land and joined the US Army. Soko served with the air division as a gunner aboard helicopters and later on fixed wing aircraft. He also learned to work as a mechanic on the planes as well.
Soko entered the military at the end of WWII, served during Korea as well as five tours of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal and Air Medal. He retired as a Platoon Sargent after 26 years of proud service to this country.
When Soko returned home to Chelsea he drove trucks for Strhan Wallpaper Company for 10+ years before finally retiring in 1982. At that time he moved to Alexandria, NH and then to Bristol where he has lived ever since.
Family members include his wife Virginia "Jeanie" Sokoloski of Bristol; a sister, Ruth Rochenski of Saugus, MA; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, his cats Sasha, Maggie, Lilly and dog Jake. He was predeceased by a daughter Susan Sokoloski.
Services-Calling hours will be Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Emmons Funeral Home, 115 South Main St., Bristol. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated from our Lady of Grace Chaple of Holy Trinity Church, 2 West Shore Rd., Bristol at 9:30 a.m. Friday, November 22, 2013. Burial with Military Honors will follow in NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.