Gwendolyn Kosmicki


Tuesday, January 24th, 1928 - Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
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Gwendolyn Dolores Kosmicki​January 24, 1928 - August 5, 2020Imperial Beach - Our beloved mother, Gwen Kosmicki, passed away on August 5, 2020 ofcancer surrounded by her family. Gwen was born in San Diego to Bert Mellot Hardy andFrances (Finch) Hardy on January 24, 1928. As a teenager, she volunteered at Mercy Hospitalin the neonatal unit. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1946, where she was thefirst editor of the school newspaper. Gwen then worked as a secretary in downtown San Diego.She married the love of her life, Martin M. Kosmicki, in 1947 and became a Navy wife. Theyhad thirteen children. Gwen always made time when one of her children wanted to talk andmade each of us feel we were her only child. She enjoyed sewing clothes for her children andprofessional looking drapes for her home, played the piano beautifully “by ear” and had a keeninterest in current events. Gwen loved celebrating holidays and birthdays by opening her hometo her large family to share delicious meals she prepared. Gwen was a devout Roman Catholic and sought God’s will for her life faithfully according tothe teachings of the Church. She served in the choir and taught catechism classes at St. Johnof the Cross Church. After moving to Imperial Beach in 1962, she continued teachingcatechism at St. Charles Church and also volunteered in many capacities there, including asEucharistic Minister. Daily Mass and Holy Communion were her source of strength and sheregularly attended Tuesday evening devotions to Our Lady of Fatima. She was devoted topraying the rosary daily and to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Gwen is survived by her children Martin, Francene (Don), George (Paula), Dennis (Sheila),Jack (Kerry), Dolores, Joseph (Silvia), Mary, Valerie (Lorie), Michelle and Joan (Paul), 16grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, her brothers George Hardyand Jack Hardy and sister, Patricia Kneitz, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins andfriends. Gwen was preceded in death by her parents, her older brother, Gerard, infant sonsMark and Thomas and loving husband, Martin, in 2015. Rosary at 3 p.m. followed by visitation until 6 p.m. at Community Mortuary on Wednesday,August 12, 2020. Funeral mass will be held at St. Charles Catholic Church on Thursday,August 13 at 10:15 a.m. followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, San Diego
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Community Mortuary
    855 Broadway
    CHULA VISTA, CA 91911
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    Due to Covid-19, viewing and visitation protocol has been modified to follow the health and safety mandates with regard to indoor gatherings.
  • Service

    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 | 10:15am
    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 10:15am
    St. Charles Catholic Church
    990 Saturn Blvd
    SAN DIEGO, CA 92154
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    Mass will be held outside, to comply with the health and safety mandates with regard to indoor gatherings.
  • Interment

    Holy Cross Cemetery
    4470 Hilltop Drive
    SAN DIEGO, CA 92102
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Joan Durso

Posted at 12:58am
Mama, what will we all do without you? You leave such a void in our hearts. It’s time for us to let go though and let you enjoy your great rewards Our Lord has planned for you. You are finally in His presence along with Dad and all your babies gone before you. Watch over us mom. Help us to be more like you and help us to move on without you with us. Love 💗 you so much.

Sandy McKenna

Posted at 05:14pm
Meeting Gwen was an obvious sign to me that God truly embodies us and manifests through us. Faith and love flowed from her so effortlessly. She reminds me of the importance of family ( she has an awesome one) and to not forget our blessings. It has been a privilege to know Gwen. What a wonderful smile laugh she had. Rest in Peace.

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Posted at 04:05pm
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Dennis, Sheila, Deirdre, Loretta and Patricia

Posted at 09:47am
So thankful for the wonderful example you were as a loving wife and mother to all of us! Love,
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Dr Connie Mariano & Family

Posted at 06:45pm
Rest in Peace beautiful Mrs. Gwen Kosmicki. With love and prayers to your beloved family,
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