Patricia J. Coss
January 10, 1952 - April 21, 2011
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PATRICIA COSS MUSCATINE, Iowa â€" 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. ... Read More


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Dennis & Lou Heiman
May 1, 2011

Matt - our family will keep you in our prayers Your Mom was so proud of all you have accomplished dennis & lou

Sandy Schomburg Wagner
Apr 26, 2011

To Betty & the Coss Family: I was so very, very sorry to hear that Patty Jo had passed away. I graduated from Hampton High School with Patty Jo & we were good friends from grade school through High School. She was the ... more

Apr 26, 2011
To Betty & the Coss Family: I was so very, very sorry to hear that Patty Jo had passed away. I graduated from Hampton High School with Patty Jo & we were good friends from grade school through High School. She was the sweetest, kindest & most caring person--& she also could be so silly & funny. We had such good times together. I wish we could've gotten together as adults & met each other's families. It is hard to let her go, but she is with God, her dad & her sisters now & they are all talking over the "good ole' times". Cherish the memories & good times & always remember the love she gave to everyone. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. God Bless You.

Sandy Schomburg Wagner
JoAnn Schaapveld
Apr 25, 2011

I am so sorry to see that your Mom has passed, but know that she is in God's hands now and without any pain and suffering. She would want all of you to celebrate her life and not to dwell to long on sadness. Alex and I r... more

Apr 25, 2011
I am so sorry to see that your Mom has passed, but know that she is in God's hands now and without any pain and suffering. She would want all of you to celebrate her life and not to dwell to long on sadness. Alex and I remember her from our sports days at MHS and she was a lovely person to know. You have ours prayers for strength to get thru this time. Sorrowfully

JoAnn Schaapveld
Matthew Swanson
Apr 25, 2011

Pat was a great human being and she will be missed very much by so many. my favorite friendship verse puts me in the mind of her. "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends" - John 15... more

Apr 25, 2011
Pat was a great human being and she will be missed very much by so many. my favorite friendship verse puts me in the mind of her. "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends" - John 15:13

Matthew Swanson
Jeff & Cathy Hendriks
Apr 25, 2011

Deepest Sympathies Jeff and Cathy

Mary Beth Carey
Apr 25, 2011

Dear Coss Family, There is something that always touches my heart when a family member of a former student passes. And especially when a person has as many gifts as Pat did. It was my privilege to have taught at West Mid... more

Apr 25, 2011
Dear Coss Family, There is something that always touches my heart when a family member of a former student passes. And especially when a person has as many gifts as Pat did. It was my privilege to have taught at West Middle School and to have had Pat as the mother of a former student. Pat also was a great role model of what good teaching should be-- caring, giving, and going the extra mile to make a difference in a child's life. I am glad she is without pain, I am glad I had the opportunity to know her and pray that her family will hold the memories that she leaves behind as precious and dear as she herself was. With my sincere sympathy, Mary Beth Carey Retired Sixth Grade Teacher West Middle School

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