WAUKESHA

Tom Kossoris

Tom Kossoris died Thursday, May 31, 2007, at age 55.

Tom loved his wife Carole and children Erin and Eric more than anything in the world. He is the cherished son of Ray and Shirley Kossoris; twin brother of Michael (Barb); brother of Dan (Sue); son-in-law of Mil (Jim) Larson-Flatley; much loved uncle of Mark (Stacy), Amy (Eric), Jenny, Katy, Scott, Carrie Lynn, Curtis, Robin, Jessie and great-niece Millie Morris; and brother-in-law of Gil (Marion) Larson, Mark (Sandy) and his wife’s twin brother Cary. He will also be greatly missed by aunts, uncles and cousins.

A history teacher at Mukwonago High School for 30 years, Tom loved encouraging his students to "use their brains." They loved him, respected his vast knowledge and enjoyed his humor. Each year, he took students to Washington, D.C., where they visited the West Wing, shook hands with presidents, sat in the Supreme Court judges' chairs and played basketball in the "highest court in the land." He also led trips to Russia, China, England and France.

Special thanks to Jeannie Timken, Cary Larson, Fred and Kathy Raasch, Bruce and Michelle Lammars, Marsha McKinnon and Jim Sticker. Much gratitude to the staff at Mukwonago and Brookfield East high schools for being so supportive and compassionate. Thank you to the nursing staff in the surgical intensive care unit at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital and the many skilled doctors for their expertise and compassion, giving Tom the best care he could have received.

A memorial gathering will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Krause Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 12401 W. National Ave., New Berlin. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m., with the Rev. David Howie officiating.

Krause Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family. For more information, call 786-8009 or visit online at www.krausefuneralhome.com to leave condolences.

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)