Arnold Kozitskiy

Obituary of Arnold Arsentyevich Kozitskiy

Arnold Arsentyevich Kozitskiy of Marina, CA, passed away at the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at the age of 82. He was born in the Odessa region of Ukraine on November 4, 1940, to a family of teachers, Arseniy Kozitskiy and Nadezhda Voloshina. Arnold was the eldest of three sons. His father, a member of the anti-Nazi underground resistance, was killed by occupants in 1944. After graduating with honors from high school and then Kharkiv Library Institute, Arnold was drafted into the Soviet Army and served a year, achieving the rank of Sergeant. Afterward, he worked for several years as a library inspector and then as a department manager at the Library of Science and Technology in the city of Cherkasy, Ukraine, where he met his future wife, Galina, a musician. They married in 1968, the same year Arnold was called up to army service again in the capacity of an officer. This time the military became the second career that took him many places within and without the Soviet Union. Arnold retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1990 and went on to work at the military registration office in Tver, Russia, until he fully retired and moved with his wife first to the Bay Area and then, in 2009, to Monterey Peninsula to enjoy the precious time with his elder daughter’s family.


Preceded in death by his mother, Nadezhda, and younger brother Yuri, Arnold is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Galina Kozitskaya, their daughters, Ekaterina Fleishman of Marina, CA, and Nadezhda Kozitskaya of Lobnya, Moscow region, Russia, his grandson, Arnold Fleishman, a college sophomore, and numerous nieces and nephews also to include great nieces and nephews.


Throughout his lifetime, Arnold touched a lot of lives. He was deeply loved by many and highly respected by all who knew him. He did well in any work he took. In retirement, he volunteered for seven years at San Carlos School in Monterey, where his namesake grandson studied. Arnold was a well-rounded and educated man, an avid reader who loved literature and wrote poetry. In his youth, he played volleyball; he always enjoyed athletic activities and was a lifetime fan of skiing. Arnold enjoyed gardening and loved nature and cats. He had a fun, joking attitude known to make people laugh and relax. Most importantly, a kind and gentle man, Arnold was deeply devoted to his family, especially to his precious grandson, and his love and support were unconditional. He will be missed dearly and never forgotten.

The family would like to express thanks and gratitude to those who have expressed their sincere condolences for the loss of Arnold.

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3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday, May 12, 2023
Mission Mortuary
450 Camino El Estero
Monterey, California, United States
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