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Beverly V. Koshatka
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Obituary for Beverly V. Koshatka

Beverly Koshatka, age 89, of 2508 Potomac Drive, Iowa City, Iowa, died in her home on January 2, 2018.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Bev’s life will be from 1- 3 pm on Monday, January 8, 2018 at Lensing Funeral Home, 605 Kirkwood Avenue in Iowa City, with a time of remembrance to follow at 3 pm. Private family interment will be at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Protivin, Iowa. Memorial contributions may be directed to Community of Christ Church, 2121 S Ridge Drive, Coralville, IA 52241.

Beverly was born on January 9, 1928, in Crook County, Wyoming, “in the shadow of the Devil’s Tower”, the daughter of Lyman T. “Tuck” Johnston and Vivian McElroy Johnston. She spent her early years in Wyoming, moving to rural southern Iowa when she was ten. She graduated from Blockton High School in 1946, attended Graceland College, Drake University, and The University of Iowa, earning a BA in 1965 and a Masters of Library Science degree in 1969. After graduation she was the librarian at Central Junior High School in Iowa City and transferred to City High School when Central closed. She retired after 22 years.

Beverly married LuVerne “Luke” Koshatka at All Saints Catholic Church in Des Moines, Iowa, on November 9, 1951. They had two children, Cynthia Lynn and Shirley Vaughn. After retirement, Bev and Luke traveled and enjoyed their time together. Beverly was active in The University Club, the librarian alumni group, and Community of Christ Church. She enjoyed aquacizing, walking, gardening, and activities with friends and neighbors. She lived in the same neighborhood for 51 years.

Beverly is survived by her daughters, Cynthia (Michael Porter) of Fairfax Station, Virginia, and Shirley (Richard Gilmore) of Fairmont, Minnesota, two grandchildren, Adrian Porter (Audrey Porter) of Arlington, Virginia, and Larissa Koshatka of Washington, D. C., and one sister, Phoebe Rasmussen, of Williamsburg, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her sisters, Barbara Swanson and Mary Stroburg, and her brother, Lyman Johnston.


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Monday

8

Jan

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

A time of remembrance will begin at 3 pm


Memorial Contribution

Community of Christ Church

2121 S. Ridge Drive
Coralville, IA 52241
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