Rose Marie Kosman


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Rose Marie Kosman Komaska

Sep 26 1935 - Oct 03 2009

Funeral Mass will be said at 1:00 p.m., October 21st for Rose Marie Kosman Komaska at St. John’s Catholic Church at 4525 Old Highway 21, Imperial, MO 63052 (636-296-8061). Burial services will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at 2900 Sheridan Rd., St. Louis, MO 63125 (314-260-8720). Mrs. Komaska, 74, died October 3rd, 2009 in Dallas, TX, from a heart attack while preparing to go to church. She was a nurse, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U. S. Air Force, and a longtime nursing educator in the St. Louis area. A St. Louis native, she was born September 26, 1935 to Gerhardt Kosman and Helen Gacloch Kosman. She graduated from the DePaul Hospital School of Nursing in 1956 and joined the Air Force Reserve, serving with distinction in Aeromedical Airlift Wing based at Scott Air Force Base, flying on missions all over the world. Meanwhile, she became a nursing educator – first at Marillac College in St. Louis, the Southern Illinois University and finally at Lutheran Medical Center School in St. Louis, where she served as head of the psychiatric-mental health department. She held a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Louis University and a Masters degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Rose Marie will be buried beside her late husband Charles Komaska, who died 13 months ago. Survivors include her nephew George Elking III; nieces Linda Elking Foster and Susan Elking Grabar, and her grandnephews and niece Michael, Andrew and Daniel Bogs; George Elking IV; Peter Foster; Mario Grabar III and Lily Grabar; all of Dallas, TX; and her stepdaughter Anita Komaska Durbin of Indiana; and her aunt Margaret Koviak of Missouri; and numerous cousins in Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, California, Indiana and Arizona. Donations, in lieu of flowers may be sent to St. Johns Catholic Church, 4525 Old Highway 21, Imperial, MO, 63052.
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