Karen Paulette CossalterKaren Paulette Cossalter, 42, of Wrenshall, Minn., went to join her soul mate on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010.
Karen Paulette Cossalter, 42, of Wrenshall, Minn., went to join her soul mate on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010. Karen was born April 27, 1968, in Brainerd, Minn., to Robert and Phyllis (Zugschwert) Gallagher. She attended Wrenshall School and graduated from Esko High School in 1986. She was united in marriage to Paul Cossalter on July 27, 1991. Karen owned and operated Stitch-It Designs in Esko, Minn. It was one of her pride and joys along with her two boys. Karen enjoyed reading and planting, but most of all she enjoyed cooking and entertaining for friends and family.
Karen was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; her maternal grandparents, Fred and Liz Zugschwert; and her paternal grandparents, John and Florence Gallagher.
She is survived by her two sons, Jordan and Camden; her parents, Robert and Phyllis Gallagher; two brothers, Keith and Robert Gallagher; one sister, Kathleen (Nick) Patterson, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ellery and JoAnn Cossalter; brother-in-law, David (Jill) Cossalter; sister-in-law, Amy (Brandt) Swedberg; and many nieces and nephews who loved and adored their "Auntie." Karen will be deeply missed by all who knew her, especially her friends and extended family. Her smile and infectious laughter will forever be in our hearts.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Nelson Funeral Care, 1004 Cloquet Ave., Cloquet. The visitation will resume Friday, Sept. 17, from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Esko. Interment service will be at St. Matthew's Cemetery, followed by refreshments in the church family center.
In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up at Members Co-op Credit Union for Karen's sons, Jordan and Camden.
The family has selected Nelson Funeral Care of Cloquet, 218-879-3225, to assist them with arrangements. See the online guest book at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net.
September 23, 2010 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.