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Theodore Rhinehold Kosta

Friday, June 22, 2007

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Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2007, at the United Methodist Church in Everly for Theodore Rhinehold Kosta, 96, of Spencer, formerly of Everly.

Mr. Kosta passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2007, at Spencer Hospital.

Rev. Michael Hyde will officiate and burial will be at Lone Tree Cemetery in Everly.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the Warner Funeral Home in Everly.

Casket bearers will be Don Nielsen, Bill Biedenfeld, Ron Woolston, Steve Biedenfeld, Bryan Bailey and Dick Burgeson.

Ted, the son of John and Elizabeth (Huffman) Kosta, was born May 5, 1911 in Colome, S.D. His childhood years were spent in Hartley where he received his education, graduating from Hartley High School.

Ted married Lucy Batcheler on Sept. 23, 1933, in Spencer at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Following their marriage, they owned Kosta Friendly Grocery Store for seven years and then worked for the California Defense, where he built airplanes for seven years, until moving back to Peterson, where he began farming. They farmed for 27 years in Peterson and later retired in Everly. They moved to Spencer in 1999, where they resided until the time of his death. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Everly.  Ted was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Kiwanis and the Lion's Club in Peterson and Everly.  He was a chairman for the Sutherland School Board and served tirelessly on the Meals on Wheels program at the Senior Center in Everly and the Council on Aging.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Velma Bertheson.

Ted is survived by his wife of 74 years, Lucy of Spencer; two daughters: Mary Jo Hegel and husband, Tom of Peterson, and Pat Van Horn and husband, Mark of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The Warner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.