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Sylvia Koskie

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Sylvia Koskie age 68 of Nashua, IA died Friday, January 6, 2017 at her home in Nashua. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Ionia with Rev. Brian Delleart celebrating the Mass. Interment will be held in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, Ionia with John Koskie, Julie Hicok, Jason Koskie, Rick Hicok, Randy Livingston, and Mike Pint serving as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home - Olson Chapel in Nashua where there will be a 3:45 p.m. Rosary. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Wednesday. Sylvia Ann Marie Koskie was born July 21, 1948, in Esslingen, Germany, the daughter of Ferdenand and Marie (Palzur) Brusenbauch. She attended school in Germany where they went year round. Sylvia graduated from high school at the age of 12. She began cosmetology school and worked at a local factory at the same time. During this time, she met a G.I. with white socks by the name of Dwight Koskie. The couple were married November 24, 1964, in Frankfurt, Germany. To this union five children were born. After three days of marriage, Dwight was critically injured in the Army. He spent the next two years at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. During Dwight’s stay in Washington D.C., Sylvia moved to the United States to live with Dwight's parents on the family farm in Ionia. Dwight's family helped her to learn the English language and become accustomed to life in the United States. She became a U.S. citizen in 1971. After Dwight became healthy and returned home, the couple moved to Osage where they initially started their family. Then moving to Ionia where they spent several years before settling in Nashua. Sylvia started cooking for the Nashua Public School in 1983. She loved her job at the school, because of the involvement of the children. Sylvia spent over 30 years at the school before retiring. Sylvia enjoyed painting ceramics, gardening, going to garage sales, gambling, shopping and having coffee with friends. She loved flowers, especially the yellow rose. Sylvia spent time working at the Big Four Fair where she worked at both the front and pit gates. Family was everything to Sylvia and she cherished all the time spent together, especially her time with her grandchildren. Sylvia is survived by two sons, John Koskie of Charles City, IA, Jason Koskie of Nashua, IA; daughter, Julie (Rick) Hicok of Nashua, IA; brother, John Brusenbauch of Quebec, Canada; two sisters, Annette and Brenda Martin both of Columbus Junction, IA; eight grandchildren, Caitlynn (Trinity) Poland, Cody (Nicole) Brase, Elizabeth Koskie, Tanner Koskie, Jaden Koskie, Alexander Koskie, Kelsie Koskie, and Madison Koskie; four great-grandchildren, Gavyn Brase, Morgan Poland, Owen Poland, and Brody Brase; sister-in-law, Sybilla Brusenbauch of Esslingen, Germany. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dwight Koskie in 1997; significant other, Richard Pell in 2003; significant other, Harold Quade in 2013; daughter, Susan Marie in 1967 in infancy; son, Justin Mitchell in 1980 in infancy; brother, Sandy Brusenbauch; sister-in-law, Bernice Brusenbauch.

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  1. O where do I begin. I’m gonna miss Sylvia! I grew up at the farm. She taught me how to swear in German! I got my first black eye at the farm (cause I was scared shitless of Diwight! Lmao) Sylvia taught me how to whistle with my fingers! Such a wonderful person! My heart is aching! Love you always and forever Sylvie!!

  2. We are so sorry for your loos, have fond memories of Sylvia. Many prayers for healing. Mark and Dana Fisher Jones

  3. Hugs n prayers to all of Sylvia’s family, esp. John Koskie. Forever in our thoughts, forever in your hearts. God bless…

  4. I remember her working at the high school serving us lunch and always being a good mood with a smile on her face and she would sometimes sneak me out a cinnamon roll in the morning when they were hot and fresh! You will be missed! Thank you for serving us!

  5. Where do I began I remember the young and scared girl who became our neighbor one day and will never forget this person. We laughed with her and cried with her. It was hard for her but she overcame and was the best daughter Lucille and John could have had. The town of Ionia was better when she became part of the mix. We lived a part for a long time but I still could call her friend. We visited whenever we saw each other. She will be missed. Now she is united with family and friends in heaven, they get to see her smile everyday. My sympathy to all of her family. Diane Diesburg Ball and family

  6. Sylvia you will be missed by so many teachers, students and administrators from N-P High School. Such a special lady that made everyone’s day so special with your smile, your fun laugh and great personality! Everyone loved you at school!!!! You loved your family at home and at school–it always showed! I miss your smile and laugh!

  7. To the dear Koskie Family, I was happy to meet Sylvia one hot summer day, spent the day talking to her and my Aunt Mary, I wish I could have been with her longer, but distance and our busy lives kept us apart. Sadly there is only my Dad left from the original Brusenbauch Family from Sudetenland and he will turn 87 this March. My condolences to her sons may your hearts be at peace during this sorrowful time. Blessings to you all Gabriella and John Brusenbauch Bryson Quebec Canada

  8. Julie, John and Jason, my heart goes out to your all. Sylvia worked with me for many years, what a great worker and free spirit. We had so much fun and had many laughs. I will always remember those times. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all. Sharon Mehmen

  9. Julie and your family: I am so very sorry for your loss. Sylvia was a wonderful a person and I remember her well when I was in High School she was always delightful and so friendly to all the kids. I also met up with her in later years and had some wonderful conversations with her. Her life was a journey and she accomplished so many things in her life. My heart goes out to your family and may God wrap his arms around you during this time and always. Sincerely, Kendra Deike

  10. Julie & family, So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was far too young! No one is ever really gone as long as we remember them & tell their story. Blessed Be, Joan Hollar

  11. To Sylvia’s family, our condolences for your loss…We had so much fun with her and will always have the LAS VEGAS trip which we will never forget..We feel terrible we can’t make it because of the crazy weather.. she will be missed. Dan & Dee Gerleman

  12. Please accept our deepest sympathy. May those precious memories be foremost in your hearts and minds during this time of grief and pain. Isaiah 25:8

  13. I just found out about Sylvia’s passing, and my deepest condolences to her children. Sylvia was such a fun and loving person. I always loved visiting g with Dwight and Sylvia.

  14. Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Services created a video in memory of Sylvia Koskie

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