Ruth Cosner

From the Des Moines Register obituary page:


Nolensville, TN

Ruth Cosner, Age 72 of Nolensville, TN. passed away August 13, 2009.

Preceded in death by husband, Donald Cosner and son, Brian Cosner. She was a former resident of Des Moines, Iowa.

She is survived by her daughters, Cindy Geery of Promise City, Iowa and Tammy Norem of Nolensville, TN; grandchildren, Brian Speicher, Sean Norem, Kaitlyn Norem and Michelle Wright; great granddaughter, Raeanne Speicher; sister, Carol LaFontain of Helena, Montana; and brothers, Gordon Chidester, of West Des Moines, IA and Dick Chidester of Australia.

Graveside services will be conducted Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 10 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 7610 Fleur Dr., Des Moines, Iowa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alive Hospice of Nashville, TN. Woodbine Funeral Home, Waller Chapel Directors 615-776-7009.


Ruth Cosner was the mother of classmate Brian Cosner, who was an iron worker car-pooling to a job in Newton, maybe Maytag, during a big snowstorm in the winter of 1975 or 1980-81, depending on who you ask. There was a crash that killed about five guys, including Brian. He’s buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens.


9 Responses to “Ruth Cosner”

  1. Debbie Jorgenson Says:

    I just checked the Social Security Death Index and he died in February 1981:

    BRIAN COSNER born 20 Aug 1954; died Feb 1981; last residence not specified; last benefit 50316 (Des Moines, Polk, IA)

  2. stevengregg Says:

    Thanks for giving us the documented date, Debbie.

  3. Mark E. Blunck Says:

    My Mom worked with Ruth Cosner for 30 years (1967-97) at Hy-Vee on Park Avenue and SE 14th. Ruth and Don Cosner spent a lot of time at my parent’s house and were very fun to be around. Heck, I still remember the day they brought Brian over to meet me and this was probably in 6th grade. Lots of good times.

  4. Mike Rich Says:

    While surfing the net I have come across this website. While reading of the passing of three close friends parents (Brian Cosner, Pete Riccilli, & Tom Cominsky) and the sons Pete Sr and Ruth who have also passed away previously it seems a strange coincidence.

    In saying that

    Its sad to hear that Ruth Cosner has passed away. I have many fond memories of spending many evenings at the Cosner’s home. Brian was a very close friend and his death was tragic and I was saddened deeply by his death. We played football together since the early days in Pop Warner and also high school football. We played baseball together, I pitched and Brian was the catcher, David Cornwell was on the same team at the time. We hunted and fished together and I even sat on the bench at the iron workers hall for work to aspire to be a iron worker like Brian. His family always welcomed me into their home.

    As for Pete Sr. and Pete Jr I worked at Riccilli’s Fluer with Pete Jr. and Pete Jr. came to Hawaii with me in the summer of 1972. Pete Jr. always had a wild streak in him but had a very good heart! Also, his death was sad and unexpected and too early.

    As for the passing of Tom’s mom condolences are given to you Tom if you read this. Tom and I played side by side for the rail splitters in 70-71 and we always butted heads but our admiration for each others abilities was respected.

    Aloha to all,


    • Tom Comiskey Says:

      Hi Mike —
      Thanks for the kind words. It’s great to hear from you.

      Hey Fellow 73 grads: Mike Rich was one of the best athletes I’ve ever seen. The guy could do anything, play just about any sport.

      Example: In junior high at Brody, the track coach talked Mike into running the open 440 yards — the quarter mile (now it’s 400 meters — and it’s always been an absolute ball-crusher of a race).
      Anyhow, Mike, with very little actual training or conditioning, showed up for the track meet the following day and won the quarter mile hands down. That was pretty amazing to me.

      I also remember Mike making many big plays, key tackles and big runs when our Lincoln sophomore football team went 7-1.

      You’re right, Mike — you and I did indeed “butt heads” on many occassions playing football and baseball over the years , but when we were teamates at Lincoln I sure was glad to have you on my team.
      I hope all is going well for you out there in Paradise.


  5. Mark E. Blunck Says:

    Hello Mike Rich. Glad you found the website and for leaving a great message. Brian, his two sisters, and parents were always so nice and friendly. Good to have you here and welcome.

  6. Whitney Speicher Says:

    Hi, I am not sure if I am on the correct website, bc I am not that close with my fathers side of the family, however I think that Ruth Cosner was my brother’s grandmother. I have never met anyone on his side of the family, unless it was so long ago that i just do not remember.. Anyway, first I just want to say I’m sorry for everyone’s loss, I’m sure Ruth was a wonderful person..

    But, again if this isnt part of my brothers family i am sorry, Brian Speicher, my brother and I believe Ruth’s grandson passed away the beginning of Sept 2009..My father was Douglas Speicher, my brother was Brian, he had a daughter named raeanne and a mother named cindy, and thats all the info I have about his family… I was hoping maybe this post would get to someone in his family, and maybe I could get in contact with them through email..

  7. Cindy Geeery Says:

    Thanks to all of you for your comments. My name is Cindy Cosner Geery. I miss my mother, father and son so much. Was very tragic for me. We planned on services for mom and dad together after moms passing, then I lost my son 1-week before then, so barried my father, mother and son all in 1 weekend. Again thank yuo all.

  8. Cindy Geeery Says:

    Whitney Speicher- This is Cindy Cosner Geery, I am Brian Speichers mother, so you did have the right family. Nice to here from you also. Brian is dearly dearly missed. Wish I would have had enough time to tell him that. He was named after my Brother..

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