PATRICIA COSS MUSCATINE, Iowa - Patricia J. Coss, 59, of Muscatine, died on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport. Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at Mulford Evangelical Free Church, 2400 Hershey Avenue. Reverend Jerry Foote will officiate the services. Honorary bearers will be Louise Meerdink, Bonnie Schmelzer, Nancy Velasquez, Nancy Wall, and Debi Welk. Casket bearers will be Bill Bedenbender, Larry Bedenbender, Ken Bierman, Rich Hartsock, Nevin Roberts, and Steve Wolfe. Burial will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2011, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Patricia Coss Scholarship Fund through the Muscatine Community School Foundation or Camp Courageous. Patricia was born on January 10, 1952, in Hampton, the daughter of Dwain and Betty J. Tucker Reed. She graduated from Hampton High School and attended University of Northern Iowa, where she earned her degree in social work. She attended Marycrest College and earned her teaching degree, she later earned her Master's degree from Western Illinois. She married Donald E. Coss on January 22, 1977, in Atalissa. She was a teacher with the Muscatine Community School District for 16 years with the last 11 years as a fifth grade teacher at Madison Elementary School. She was a member of Mulford Evangelical Free Church and the Iowa State Teachers Association. She sang in the choir at Mulford for 15 years where she also served as the head of the music committee. She had a strong love for reading and mentoring young children. She also loved cats and was an avid Chicago Cub fan. Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Donald Coss of Muscatine; four sons, Matt Coss and wife, Melissa, of Muscatine, Mark Coss of Muscatine, Andrew Coss of Chicago, Illinois, and Ben Coss of Muscatine; and her mother, Betty J. Reed of Muscatine. She was preceded in death by her father and three sisters, Janice Reed, LeAnn Reed, and Diane Reed.
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