Sue Frances Peterson Kosednar
Oct. 10, 1929 -
March 19, 2011
Frances Peterson Kosednar passed away Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Tucson,
Ariz. She was born Oct. 10, 1929, in St. Louis, Mo., to Francis Beebe
Cochran and Robert Cochran and was raised in Sparta, Wis., and Rawlings,
She graduated from nursing school at Methodist Hospital
in Madison in 1949 and worked in labor and delivery/nursery. She later
obtained a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Alverno College in
Milwaukee and counseled at Planned Parenthood in Waukesha. Sue furthered
her education at age 63 and worked another seven years as a massage
In 1950, she married Jack Arthur Peterson and was
blessed with five children: Julianne Hansen (Michael), Christian (Brenda),
Jennifer Wendt (Peter), Daniel (Josie) and Robert (Jewel Market). Her
adopted son, Robert McGaff (Rhonda Bryhn), was celebrated into the family
in 1989. A divorce occurred in 1986. In 1992, Sue married Francis (Frank)
Kosednar, and was delighted to include his nine children into her loving
family circle: Timothy, Michael (Kathy), Jane, David (Martina Kral),
Patricia, Kathryn, Valerie (Mark Greico), Mary Ashton and Daniel (Kimberly
Vrubley). Many grandchildren, great grandchildren and a large number of
extended family members and friends rounded out Sue’s world of joy.
Sue resided in Waukesha since 1963. For more than 50
years she volunteered and acted in leadership roles in numerous community
groups and causes. She remained a steadfast leader and member of Salem
United Methodist Church, yet her faith and spirituality expanded far
beyond the confines of the building and church community.
Her greatest joy was her family. Her zest for living and
her unconditional love grew exponentially with her ever-expanding family
and circle of friends, scattered from Waukesha to Tucson, where she and
Frank spent the past 19 winters.
A memorial service is planned for 4 p.m. Friday, May 6,
at Salem United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Linda Vance presiding.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to Salem
United Methodist Church or donor’s choice.