Coventry – Henry “Hank” Gankofskie, 90, of Cedar Swamp Road, Coventry died Friday, February 7th, 2014 at his home after a short illness. He was the loving husband of the late Lillian Gankofskie. Born in Manchester, CT. he was the son of the late Stephen and Katherine (Demko) Gankofskie.
Henry worked for Case Bros. and Cell-U Products of Manchester before his retirement in 1986. He was a WWII Army veteran serving in France and Central Europe where he received a Bronze Star.
For most of his life, Hank owned and raised cows on his farm in Coventry. He also planted and maintained a large vegetable garden every year for his family. His joy was being part of the land that he loved. Hank is survived by his sons; Kenneth and wife Beth of Venice, FL, David and wife Margaret of Willington, CT. and Richard and wife Catherine of Kennesaw, GA. 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He was predeceased by his brother George Gankofskie of Manchester. A memorial service and interment will take place in the spring at The Concordia Lutheran Church Memorial Garden in Manchester. Donations may be made in his memory to The Concordia Lutheran Church, 40 Pitkin St. Manchester CT. 06040. Arrangements have been provided by the Gilman Funeral Home. For a Memorial guestbook visit www.gilmanandvalade.com