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Celestine ‘Sally’ Marie Moes Kosmalski

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Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2011 9:19 pm

Celestine ‘Sally' Marie Moes Kosmalski died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011.

Sally was born in 1935 in St. Paul, Minn. Sally (never Celestine) lived a full life as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and graduated from Mechanics Arts High School and the University of Minnesota Duluth. She always excelled in musical endeavors. Starting on the piano and accordion in her youth, and adding the pipe organ in later life, she was a performer, teacher, composer (with a degree in music composition), and most of all a lover of all things music. And she loved to dance to just about any kind of music, with Cajun, Tejano and Zydeco having special spots in her heart. She loved to ski. From an inauspicious start being "bumped" in the head with a T-Bar, she became the best skier in the family, and was a Senior National Ski Patroller at Giants Ridge. She also took many family ski trips to the Rocky Mountains to places like Bridger Bowl and Sun Valley. At a later age, she decided that scuba diving was her next challenge. A quick flirtation? Never! She graduated from lessons in a pool to taking dive trips to exotic locales such as Maui, Honduras, Truk Lagoon, Fiji and throughout the Caribbean. In addition to these diving trips, she also took several extended sightseeing trips to exotic locales including Thailand and Spain. Finally, she loved to write. Whether it was music, family genealogy, poetry, or fiction, she pursued it with a dedication and passion that was to be envied.

She is survived by her son Tom Kosmalski (wife Ruth); daughters Sharon Kosmalski and Laura Howe (husband Jeff); granddaughter Tara Kosmalski; great-grandaughter Alina Kosmalski; and friend and former husband Bob Kosmalski.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother and brother, Joseph, Sylvia and Joseph Jr. Moes.


Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at St. Casimir's Catholic Church, Forest Jessamine Avenues in St. Paul, Minn., with visitation at Anderson Funeral Home, 1401 Arcade St. (Highway 61) St. Paul 6-8 p.m. Monday and at St. Casimir's one hour prior to the funeral. Memorial service in Virginia at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 306 Second Street South.

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