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Mary Coss

January 11, 1928 — March 17, 2024

Battle Creek

Mary Coss

Mary Coss, Age 96, passed away on March 17, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of hard work, dedication, and kindness. Mary was born on January 11, 1928, in Battle Creek to her loving parents Lawrence and Alice Hardenburg.  Mary's journey in the workforce began at Bell Telephone Company, where she started as an operator and eventually rose to the position of supervisor through her determination and strong work ethic. A proud alumna of Battle Creek Central High School's class of 1946, Mary valued education and lifelong learning.  Beyond her professional accomplishments, Mary found joy in various hobbies and interests. She had a deep love for ceramics, family and was an active member of the red hat club. Mary's devotion extended to St. Peter Lutheran Church, where they were the oldest members. She dedicated her time to organizing potluck gatherings and memorial luncheons, showcasing her caring nature and generosity.  

In 1949, Mary married the love of her life, Donald Coss, with whom she shared a beautiful journey filled with love and companionship. Together, they embarked on exciting adventures, especially their annual trips to Florida during the winters after retirement.   Mary's circle of friends was dear to her heart, especially the close-knit group they called “The Gang” for over 75 years. Their shared love for travel, social gatherings, and attending the annual balloon festival near their friend's house by the airport created lasting memories that Mary cherished dearly.  Mary will be deeply missed by her surviving family members: her devoted husband Donald Coss; loving sons Donald (Brigitte) Coss II of Battle Creek and Ronald (Jill) Coss; cherished grandchildren Evan (Britni) Coss of California and Cory Coss of California; as well as great-grandson Hendrix Coss. Mary is proceeded in death by her brother Bob Hardenburg, sisters Virginia Hardenburg, Betty Newman, Lilian Rose.  

Mary Coss impact on those who knew her will never be forgotten. Her warmth, strength, and unwavering kindness will continue to inspire all those whose lives she touched. May she rest in peace knowing that her legacy lives on in the hearts of those who loved her.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church’s “Pete’s Pantry”. The Battered Women. The Haven of Rest Ministries of Battle Creek, MI. www.henryfuneralhome.org

 

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