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Mary Jane Gossmann

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GOSSMANN, MARY JANE, 91, died at her home Sunday, May 13, 2012.

She was born February 7, 1921 in Louisville, the only child of Joseph S. Davis and Marie H. (Glenn) Davis.

She was a graduate of Atherton High School and attended the University of Louisville, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and was honored as UofL's Freshman Sweetheart.

On January 30, 1942 she married George William Gossmann, also of Louisville, who was a first lieutenant in the US Army. While her husband was engaged in the European theater during World War II, she gave birth to their first two children.

After the war, the Gossmanns moved to Crescent Hill and joined the parish of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, which they attended regularly for the rest of their lives. Mrs. Gossmann was an active member of the Episcopal Church Women and through that organization was a long-time volunteer at Norton's Hospital.

She was a member of the Louisville Women's Club. Her hobbies included golf, bridge and gardening and she was an avid bass fisherman and sports fan.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years and is survived by her four children, Dr. George William Gossmann Jr. (Judith Barlow), Marie "Cis" Wilson, Douglas Kerr Gossmann (Caroline Boone) and Anne Murphy Barrows (Richard); grandchildren, Loudon Wilson, Bree Murphy, John Gossmann, Katlin Murphy, Jenny Gossmann and Zachary Gossmann; and great-grandchildren, Braedan Gossmann and Savannah Murphy.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2822 Frankfort Ave., with a reception following the service and a private burial at Cave Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Pearson's.

Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Louisville, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Dr., Louisville, KY 40205-3224 or the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, 532 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

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Published in The Courier-Journal on May 15, 2012
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