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George L. Koster
Date of Death: April, 29 2014
            George L. Koster, 88, Escanaba, passed to his Heavenly home on Tuesday April 29, 2014 following a lengthy illness. He was born on February 22, 1926 in Escanaba, the son of the late Peter and Albertine (Tarnus) Koster. On February 26, 1949 he married the former Theresa LaFave at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Escanaba.
            George served in China during WWII in the Calvary and with the Military Police. As a young man, he owned Koster Brothers Grocery with his brother Vic. George then worked as an industrial engineer at Harnischfeger until his retirement. He loved the outdoors, hunting, Great Lakes fishing, baseball and playing cards with his lifelong buddies, but most of all, he loved spending time at his camp.
            He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, six children: Mary (John) Sherman, Lori (Andrew) Koster, Sandra (Richard) Detry, Gigi (William) Overholt, Jim (Nancy) Koster and Tom (Carol) Koster, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, his much loved nephew: Harold Koster, as well as numerous other nieces and nephews.
            George was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter: Margaret, a granddaughter: Kimberly Sherman, two brothers: Victor and Peter Koster and one sister: Marie.
            Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Monday May 5, 2014 at St. Anne's Parish in Escanaba. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Monday at church with Fr. Francis DeGroot officiating. A luncheon will follow Mass in the church parish hall.
            The Koster family would like to extend a thank you to the staff of Marquette General Hospice, Northwoods and the VA for their care and support during this difficult time, and a special thank you to Rev. Lewis and his wife Linda Hague.
            The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes are assisting the Koster family.
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  • "So sorry for your loss. It was my pleasure to have gotten to know George and the wonderful stories he told me. My condolences to your family. "
    -Cheryl Slye

  • "Thoughts and Prayers to the Koster Family. George was a great man with many stories. It was my pleasure to have gotten to know him... Sorry for you loss."
    -Samantha Berube

  • "I enjoyed learning about the UP from George and Theresa. I enjoyed a hunt at his Camp. Can't forget the Rawdog. He loved his family and spent time with them. He will be missed by all."
    -Clyde Carr

  • "My family's thoughts are with the Koster family in this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. "
    -David Cvengros

  • "I am so sorry to hear of George's passing. It was a great pleasure to spend time with him and I so enjoyed his company. My condolences to Theresa and his entire family. I will miss him."
    -Sue Busbani

  • "My thoughts and prayers go to the Koster family, especially to Mary Sherman, a dear friend and Yooper colleague. From your stories, your Dad sounded like a pretty special man, and will be sorely missed by many. Blessings and condolences to you."
    -Patty Young, Green Bay

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