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Virginia Glee Koska

Virginia Glee Koska, 79, passed away on April 28th, 2017. There will be a celebration of life from 12:30 – 3:00 pm on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, Admin Building at 630 N. 126th Street Bonner Springs, Kansas 66012.

Virginia was born June 23rd, 1937 in Weston, Missouri to Archie and Orphia Gwinn. She was the youngest of 3, having two older sisters, Lucille and Hazel Gwinn. They moved to Kansas City, Missouri when she was young and her family resided there until her mother moved to Spickard, Missouri in 1994. Shortly after, Virginia moved to Spickard to help care for her mother until she passed away.

Virginia married Lawrence James Koska in 1959. Larry had 3 children from a previous marriage that would soon move in with he and Virginia . Larry and Virginia would go on to have 2 more children together.

Virginia had a passion for helping other people. At the age of 52, she went back to school and obtained her LPN degree in nursing. She worked over 20 years as a nurse in long-term care. Virginia loved to garden and you would often find her in her garden – rain or shine. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and sewing as well.

Virginia most enjoyed was her family. She is survived by her 2 sisters, Lucille and Hazel, nieces and nephews, 5 children; Michael Koska, Laura Gipson, Elizabeth Burnett, Connie Collins and Debbie Warren. Virginia adored all 10 of her grandchildren and many more great grandchildren. Virginia is preceded in death by her father-Archie Gwinn, mother-Orphia Gwinn, her husband-Lawrence J. Koska and many other dearly departed loved ones.



The angels gathered near your bed, So very close to you,

For they knew the pain and suffering you were going through,

I thought about so many things, so I held tightly to your hand,

Oh, how I wished that you were strong and happy once again.

But your eyes were looking homeward, to that place beyond the sky,

Where Jesus held his outstretched arms, it was time to say good-bye.

I struggled with my selfish thoughts, for I wanted you to stay,

So we could walk and talk again, like we did just yesterday.

But Jesus knew the answer and I knew He loved you so,

So I gave to you life’s greatest gift,

The gift of letting go.

Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Tuesday, May. 9th 2017 | 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “Virginia Glee Koska”

  1. Teryn D Johnson Says:

    Laura and Beth so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Glad i got to know her. She was such a sweet and caring lady. Its not easy losing a mother. You can always replace a husband or a boyfriend but a mother can never be replaced. You will have alot of sad and bad days and thats okay. You never get over it you just take one day at a time. My thoughts and prayers will be with you both on Thursday as you say goodbye to her. Just know you both will see her again and she is your angel Teryn

  2. Elaine Says:

    So sorry for your loss. She will be missed.

  3. Lorraine Denson Says:

    “How can we endure when trials come, as Jesus said?
    Through his pain he saw the joy of better things ahead.
    Though the passing years may bring us sorrow, bring us
    pain; we see the life that we can gain, to be there, be
    free there, determined we remain.”
    Matthew 24:13

  4. Helen Lakey Says:

    Family-May you feel the comfort and love of many people who are praying for you during this difficult time. Laura-You unselfishly took on the role of caring for your mother with excellence. May we all be so lucky to have a daughter like you. The memories of aunt Virginia will forever be in our hearts. Her hugs were amazing. She will be greatly missed! Our hearts are heavy with grief at this time.

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