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Aimee Cogswell

Aimee Vinetta Cogswell

September 3, 1921 - July 1, 2013

Resident of San Jose, CA

After a long and valiant battle with more health adversities than one could ever imagine, we sadly say goodbye to our mom and grandmother.

Aimee was born to Effie & Daniel Crabtree in Springfield, OH. She went to a better place very simply and peacefully with her daughter by her side.

After her high school graduation, she moved to Anderson, IN, and met her future husband, Donald W.F. Cogswell. They were married in Anderson on August 5, 1943. They made several homes in South Carolina and Ft. Fairfield, ME, before returning to Anderson in 1950. Their daughter, Linda, was born in 1951.

In 1961, they moved to Lafayette, where he, and later she too, as a secretary, worked at Pay Less Super Market. After Don's death in 1982, she decided to move to San Jose, CA, to be near her family, and so retired from Pay Less in 1983 as the Executive Secretary to the Vice Presidents. She relished her volunteer work in San Jose at various places through the years, but most enjoyed her 17 years working at the Church of the Valley office.

She enjoyed reading, a passion for pink roses, discussing current events (there was ALWAYS more to be learned) and couldn't ever get the day started right without the morning crossword puzzle. We are grateful that she completed a handwritten autobiography documenting her life, from the Heartland, to New England to the West Coast, spanning nearly a century of life in America.

Her family was her priority. Missing her greatly are her daughter, Linda Costanza (Tom) of San Jose, Gina Sitte (Brandon), Christine and Anthony. She was their best cheerleader and confidante, and rarely, if ever, missed an event they were involved in. Aimee was beyond thrilled to welcome her 3-mo-old great grandson, Dominic Jon Thomas Sitte, and nothing made her happier than to hold and talk to him while beaming in her new title of Great-Nana.

Survivors also include her 94-yr-old brother, Loyd (Vergie) Crabtree, of League City, TX, numerous nieces and nephews whom she adored and remembered often in thought and prayer, and many cherished friends.

Predeceased, besides her parents, are two sisters, Verlie Miller and Gladys Smoot, a brother, Everett Crabtree, and several special nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at Church of the Valley, 400 N. Winchester Blvd, Santa Clara, CA, on Saturday, July 20th at 11 am. Chapel services and interment will be at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens in West Lafayette, IN, at a date TBA.

The family wishes to thank Vitas Hospice and the Neptune Society for their invaluable care, support and advice, which won't be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to an organization that supports senior citizens would be appreciated, or please consider donating the gift of time to help an elderly person make their day.




Published in the Journal & Courier from July 8 to July 9, 2013
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