Mae Marie Koster
Mae Marie Koster, 67, of Springfield, passed away on Friday, November 29, 2013 at St. John’s Hospice. She was born May 10, 1946 in Springfield, the daughter of Paul and Hazel (Bell) Koster. She attended Stuart Elementery School, Franklin Jr. High, and graduated from Lanphier High School, class of 1964.
Mae Marie was a Secretary Extraordinaire, holding positions at Massachusetts Insurance, Sangamo Electric, and Capital City Paper Company before moving to SIU School of Medicine, where she was employed from 1978 – 2004 as an Administrative Assistant to the physicians in the Department of Plastic Surgery. Following her retirement from SIU, she served as the Secretary at Knox Presbyterian Church from 2006 – 2013.
Mae Marie loved her cat, shopping, day trips in the car, and eating out with friends. She was a dedicated and faithful member and officer of Fifth Presbyterian Church until its closure, after which she transferred her membership to Knox Presbyterian. She was previously active in the Abraham Lincoln Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals, and held a variety of positions, including President, Vice-President, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Board Advisor, Parliamentary Advisor, and Illinois Division Finance Chair. She served as a member of the Presbytery of Great Rivers Lay Pastor Academy Task Force from 1995 – 1998. She was also a member of the local Teal Time Ovarian Cancer Support Group.
Mae Marie was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by several cousins, her beloved church family at Knox Presbyterian, her devoted caregiver Colleen, and a host of friends.
Visitation: 4–7 pm, Monday, December 2, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 10:30 am, Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Knox Presbyterian Church with CRE Kathy A. Swaar officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Knox Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Cottonwood, Springfield, IL. 62703
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So sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Marie through IAAP.
Marie was always ready for a meal with friends or a road trip. She had a great sense of humor - even when she backed her car into a pole, she just said 'oh well'. This last trip has an awesome destination - and I know I'll get to see her again.
I met Marie through the Professional Secretaries organization, and we worked on many projects together. She was a loyal daughter for her parents, a dedicated employee wherever she worked, a hard working association member, and a faithful lady in spite of her illness. When I saw her in the hospital, she was talking about going home--now she is at home and in no pain.
Marie and I worked together in Medical Humanities at SIU School of Medicine. We also ate quite a few lunches together and talked about anything and everything! She was quite a lady and led an active life even when she wasn't feeling well. I used to visit her in the hospital and when she was having treatments; even through those times, she kept her sense of humor during it all. Yes, she was quite a lady.
I always enjoyed going to PSI (IAAP) events with Marie. Her smile was a beacon to all and she always had a nice comment for everyone.
A million memories and laughs we shared, and the miles we traveled together around the Great Lakes District and then some . . . No matter where we were, we could always find a good cup of coffee. I'll miss you, Marie.
As the song says, we will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile!
Colleen Copp posted on 1/12/14
I loved her with all my heart and cherish the time we had together. Not a day has gone by that I have not thought of her. Until we meet again, my dearest Mae