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Suzanne Kossow

August 29, 1952 — December 20, 2020

Suzanne Kossow, age 68, of Council Bluffs, Iowa passed away December 20, 2020 after a 10 year battle with Breast Cancer. She was born August 29, 1952 in Houston, TX to the late Liley Paul and Louise Purvis (Porter).

Growing up in Houston she enjoyed going to her father’s hobby farm in the country and riding horses. Suzanne graduated from Westchester high school in Houston Tx in 1970 and received a bachelor of science in Math and Spanish from the University of Texas in 1973. After graduating college she worked in the new field of computers, retiring from Quest Communications.

Upon moving to Council Bluffs her interest in antiques led her to open Suzanne’s Antiques in Stanton, Ia. In 1994, after being unable to have children of her own, she adopted 3 sisters Sam 5, Sandra 7 and Sara 8 from Houston TX. The girls became the focus of her life. In 2004 Suzanne married the love her life Bob Kossow.

Once diagnosed with cancer in 2010, travel became her passion, seeing over 60 countries with her husband Bob. They combined that passion with a love of wine and food visiting wineries around the world. She faced her cancer head on with a strength and determination to not let it impact her life. Constantly reading and learning about new medications and cutting edge therapies and relying on the many support groups she belonged to and her faith in God to help her through the tough times.

Suzanne is survived by husband Robert Kossow; children, Sara Wallin, Sandra Wallin, and Samantha Wallin; step children, Jon (Courtney) Kossow, Abby(Derick) Conrad, Ashley(Cody) Elgan; brother, Gordon Purvis; sister- in law, Frances; grandchildren, Adilyn, Kaliegh, Kylan, Emma, Kamerson and Emani, Ella, Tyler, Wyatt, Dylan, Huxli, Rayli, niece, Ashleigh Purvis, sister in law Ann Huffman; and a host of other family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at Hoy Kilnoski Funeral Home on Sunday, December 27, 2020.Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM at Saint John Lutheran Church on Monday, December 28, 2020. Internment in Garner Cemetery. The family will direct memorials.

Service Schedule

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Sunday, December 27, 2020

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home and Crematory

1221 North 16th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501

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Funeral Service

Monday, December 28, 2020

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Saint John Lutheran Church- CB

633 Willow Avenue, Council Bluffs, IA 51501

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