Katherine Harriet "Kay" Kosmack (1917 - 2012)

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Kay passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at home in La Mesa, Calif. on Nov. 12. She celebrated her 95th birthday on Sept. 19 with a grand party with many family and friends present.

Kay was born Sept. 19, 1917 in Helena, Mont. to Clarence T. Rae and Winifred Roberts. On April 11, 1937, she married Louis Joseph Kosmack. They celebrated 52 years together raising their seven children. She was a homemaker, an artist, a writer and a chef. While working for the 4B's restaurant for 19 years she left her mark by making the patented tomato soup "her way." Customers would remember how extra special it was.

Kay and Joe moved to Spring Valley, Calif. in 1988 to be near their children. She was a devoted Catholic and lived her life as a prime example of faith, love and charity. She was a member of St. Lawrence and St. Mary's Parishes in Butte, The Daughters of Isabella, The Legion of Mary, St. Vincent de Paul Society and Santa Sophia Church in Spring Valley, Calif.

She is survived by daughters, Fran (Jerry) Rosenbach and Mary Kay Crase, both of La Mesa, Calif.; Judith (Laurence) Kopp Boomer of Bend, Ore.; Patty (Tom) Shea of Bozeman, Mont.); and Debby Gore of Missoula, Mont., as well as a large extended family of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great nieces and nephews. All will miss her wonderful smile loving ways.

Kay was preceded in death by her mother, Winifred (Roberts) Rae; father, Clarence T. Rae; sister, Dula (Pene) Schonsberg; daughter, Jacqueline; son, Joseph R. Kosmack; sons-in-law, Roy F. Huston, Wilfred (Fred) Crase, Daniel J. Kopp, and Steven B. Gore.

A celebration of Kay's life will be held at St. Ann's Catholic Church on Dec. 7, 2012 at 11 a.m. Memorials: St. Catherine Family Health Care Clinic, 203 West Madison Avenue, Suite E2, Belgrade, MT 59714 or to the .
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 2, 2012
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