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Kathleen McLaughlin Kostamo


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Kathleen McLaughlin Kostamo

Marietta, GA - Kathleen McLaughlin Kostamo of Marietta, Georgia, passed away on July 29, 2018 while a patient in Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. She was born on February 22, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to the late W.H. (Bill) McLaughlin and Ruth Fleetham McLaughlin, formerly of Wisconsin Rapids. Kathy was a 1959 graduate of Ishpeming High School in Ishpeming, Michigan. She received her B.S. Degree in Elementary Education in 1965 from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and taught school in Palm Beach County, Florida and Cobb County, Georgia, prior to her retirement in 2001. In 1963, Kathy was crowned Miss Michigan and went on to participate in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She married Ishpeming native, Ronald J. Kostamo, on June 26, 1965 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids. The couple returned to Wisconsin Rapids and renewed their vows on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary at the same St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Ronald J. Kostamo, of Marietta; son and daughter-in-law, Eric M. and Alison L. Kostamo; daughter Kimberly M. Kostamo and fiance, Aaron Foster; grandchildren, Riley, Dylan, and Skylar Kostamo; sister Patricia (Trish) Michau; brother-in-law Murray E. Kostamo and wife, Mignon Kostamo; brother-in-law Bruce L. Kostamo and wife, Martha Kostamo; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. A funeral mass was held on August 6, 2018 at the Catholic Church of St. Ann in Marietta. A graveside service and inurnment will take place in July, 2019 in Ishpeming, Michigan.
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Aug. 10, 2018
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