Mary Burke Kosieracki, 87, of Cape Coral, Florida passed away peacefully at home Dec. 3, 2012. The mother of 11 children, she exemplified those special traits of an extraordinary loving woman. She had boundless energy and stamina, and never stopped educating herself about the world around her. As a mother she had high standards, and instilled a love of country and a strong work ethic in her children. She was a great cook, gardener and loved sailing and politics (Fox and Friends). She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
Born in Jersey City, N.J., March 27, 1925, to Mary and Clement Burke, she was an excellent student and received her bachelor's degree in 1947 and master's degree in 1967 from Marywood College in Scranton, Pa. She taught and counseled under privileged children in Oliphant, Pa., and worked for the Department of Education as an evaluator in Harrisburg, Pa. After retiring to Florida, she worked as a real estate agent.
Mrs. Kosieracki is survived by her children, Pat (Karen) Lydon, Mary Grace (Geoffrey) Lorah, Cecelia (Chris) Tyesky, Joseph ( Andrea) Lydon, Anne (Bruno) Sandoval, John (Judie) Lydon, Rita (Paul) Cenni, Greg (Stacey) Lydon, Elizabeth Clerou and Burke (Kate) Lydon; and 12 grandchildren.
Mary Burke Kosieracki
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Harry; her former husband, Patrick Lydon; her daughter, Helen Fox; her sister, Helen Knowles; and her parents, Mary and Clement Burke.
There will be a rememberance celebration of Mary's life Jan. 31 at St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Church in Cape Coral. Family members will receive friends beginning at 11 a.m. in the church vestibule. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Hospice of Fort Myers.