In Memory of Mary Kosiek


4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday November 8, 2019
O'Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of Prescott
1339 Orrin Road
Prescott WI, 54021


10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday November 9, 2019
Joy Lutheran Church
1435 St. Croix Street
Prescott WI, 54021

Funeral Service

11:00 am
Saturday November 9, 2019
Joy Lutheran Church
1435 St. Croix Street
Prescott WI, 54021

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Mary Jo Kosiek, age 79 of Prescott WI, died on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Prescott Nursing and Rehab. Mary Jo was born on September 27, 1940 to parents Edward and Mary (Mann) Matzek. She attended school in Prescott, and graduated from Prescott High School with the Class of 1958. Mary Jo worked for many years at Armour Packing in South St. Paul, and also worked as a chemical dependency counselor at Burkwood in Burkhart WI. Mary Jo embarked on 41 years of sobriety, all while helping and touching the lives of many other people along the way.
Having been raised in Diamond Bluff, Mary Jo always considered herself a “Bluffer” and a “River Rat”. She enjoyed reading and doing word search puzzles. Known affectionately to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as “GiGi”, “Gamma”, “Grammie”, “Mommy Dearest”, and “Mommy D”, family was paramount to Mary Jo. She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her.
Mary Jo is survived by her daughters, Debra Ryan, and Dawn (Barry) Parker; her grandchildren, Tara (Thom) Sprague, Derrick (Heather) Sanderson, Teresa Boehm, Carissa (Colin) Brown, and Garrett Ryan; great-grandchildren, Austin, Micah, and Lucas; special friend, Russell Jensen; siblings, Bernard “Butch” Matzek, and Pat Matzek; brother-in-law, Jack Ames; as well as many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Darla Boehm; and siblings Lora, Mildred, Helen, Betty, Chuck “Buster”, and Bob.
Funeral Services for Mary Jo Kosiek will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, November 9 at Joy Lutheran Church, 1435 St. Croix Street in Prescott WI, with Pastor Steve Meyer officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church, and also from 4:00-8:00pm on Friday at the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home, 1339 Orrin Road in Prescott. Mary Jo’s final resting place will be the Diamond Bluff Cemetery. Services are entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Prescott WI. 715-262-5404

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  • We were sadden to learn of MaryJo’s passing, we just learned of her death this evening, after running into your Uncle Butch. We are sending our deepest sympathy to all of you, and may her beautiful soul rest in peace.

  • Dawn, Deb and to Mary Jo’s entire family, you have my condolences. Your mom is a light that will never go out and one that will shine on you always.
    Back in the day, when they were Mary Jo Matzek and Audrey Turnbell, our moms were best friends and true “Bluffers”. In fact, your mom was my mom’s maid of honor.
    Fast forward 50 years and your mom surprised mine by walking into my parent’s 50th anniversary party. It was like no time had passed at all. That was the type of friend your mom was. Years, even decades could pass, but she always remembered, always cared.

  • Mary Jo was a “Bluffer” thru and thru (and “River Rat”). She was my Mom’s (Dearie) Best friend. I was blessed to know her thru my lifetime. There are many things that I have admired about her. What I admired the most was her fierce love and dedication to her family and friends. She was a woman full of love and understanding.

    She had a wonderful ability to see thru things and speak up when things needed to be said. She knew what it was like to live in the real world. Whatever challenges she was resilient.
    Thinking of all of her Family and Friends.
    May she rest in peace and be in that good spot in heaven.

  • Dawn,
    I am so sorry to hear about Mary Jo. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I have many wonderful memories of working with both your mom and you. Hugs!
    Betty Speer