Kosidowski, Rita Mary (Gaulke)


Rita Mary (Gaulke) Kosidowski was born on July 2, 1938, the daughter of Edwin and Valeria (Wieczorek) Gaulke in Winona, Minn. She attended St. Stanislaus grade school and graduated from Winona Cotter High School in 1956.

After her marriage to her high school sweetheart John “Jack” Kosidowski on August 9, 1956, in Winona, they lived in many different places across the country including Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Wyoming, and Minneapolis before returning to Winona in 1951. While living in Minneapolis she worked as a retail clerk at a gift shop and in Winona she worked for the Great Surplus store for several years. Rita enjoyed reading, bowling, spending time with family and she loved a good mystery show.

Rita died on Monday, February 24, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Society in Algona. She was 81.

Rita is survived by her husband, John “Jack” Kosidowski of Algona; son, Matthew Kosidowski of Crystal, Minn.; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Sandra Bradley; and sister, Betty Walker.  

Her memorial services will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Oakcrest Funeral Services in Algona, Iowa. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services. Inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Donate Life America at donatelife.net.

Arrangements are being handled by Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona. Condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

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