Beverly Koshatka

Saturday, December 23, 2023 6:34 am

Beverly L. Koshatka, age 87, of Cresco, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023, at Accura Healthcare of Cresco.

Mass of Christian Burial for Beverly will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 29,, at Notre Dame Parish in Cresco, with Father Jacob Rouse officiating. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco, with recitation of the rosary at 4:30 p.m. and scripture service at 7 p.m. The visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church on Friday.

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Beverly LaVonne Koshatka, a beloved mother, grandmother, and friend to all.

Born to Arnold and Eva (Farghum) Albertson on June 14, 1936, Beverly grew up in Decorah, Iowa, and lived with family members throughout northeast Iowa. Throughout her life, her unwavering devotion to her loved ones became the cornerstone of her legacy.

Beverly enjoyed rollerskating and dancing in her youth. It was at a dancehall where she met Harvey Koshatka. United in marriage on April 12, 1955 to Harvey, Beverly embraced the joys and challenges of family life with grace and fortitude. They began their lives together on a small farm near Elma, raising over a thousand chickens. Her nurturing spirit extended to her role as a loving mother to Steve and Cheryl, her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Later in life, Beverly reunited with high school sweetheart Ross (Bill) Gooder.

Beverly’s life work was with children and teachers as the Principal/elementary secretary at Howard-Winneshiek Schools, serving her community for 33 years. Beverly found expression and creativity in needlework, ceramics, and cooking. She was an animal lover, adopting and rescuing many throughout her life. After retirement, she enjoyed bus trips with Harvey, exploring the vast beauty of America. Her faith and family meant everything to her.

When asked what she wanted people to remember her by, she responded, “I am a lovable person. I love to hug, I love to kiss, that’s just me.”

Beverly is survived by her son Steve (Shirley) Koshatka of Cresco, daughter Cheryl Riha of Cresco; grandchildren Andrew (Leah) Riha of Angwin, Calif., Brandon (Megan) Riha of Stewartville, Minn., Bryan Riha (Janani Rajkumar) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tyler, Tiffany, and Tara Koshatka all of Cresco; as well as five great-grandchildren Emma, Jack, Will, Amelie, and Jasper; brother Robert Albertson (Waterloo) and sister Janeen Ness (Minneapolis).

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harvey, sisters Lois Brown, and Roselyn Ehlers, brothers Stanley, Leland, and infant Roger Albertson, and good friend Bill Gooder.

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