Helen Judith "Judy" Cosner (1931 - 2011)

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Helen Judith "Judy" Cosner, 79, of Ashland, passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at St. John's Hospice in Springfield.

She was born Dec. 29, 1931, in Tallula, the daughter of Herschel Greene and Virginia Mary Sowers Wiggins. She married Jack Wankel in 1950 and later Thomas A. Cosner Jr. in 1977 and he preceded her in death on Jan. 8, 2008.

She is survived by a son, Gerald A. Wankel (wife, Denise) of Chandlerville; two daughters, Virginia Kay DeGroot (husband, Dennis) of Ashland and Patricia S. Hannel (companion, Joe Lowder) of Springfield; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several stepchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Patricia A. Wiggins Nandasher.

Mrs. Cosner was a 1939 graduate of Tallula High School. She worked all of her life and retired in 2002 from Newell Insurance Agency in Ashland after 41 years. She was a member of Ashland United Methodist Church, the Jenny James Circle and United Methodist Women (who awarded her the honor pin for outstanding service in 2002). She was devoted to helping her church, her family and her friends.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at the Ashland United Methodist Church, with burial at Ashland Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Ashland. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Ashland United Methodist Church Memorial Fund. Condolences may be left online at
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Ashland, IL 62612
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Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Aug. 16, 2011