Gwendolyn Dolores KosmickiJanuary 24, 1928 - August 5, 2020Imperial Beach - Our beloved mother, Gwen Kosmicki, passed away on August 5, 2020 ofcancer surrounded by her family. Gwen was born in San Diego to Bert Mellot Hardy andFrances (Finch) Hardy on January 24, 1928. As a teenager, she volunteered at Mercy Hospitalin the neonatal unit. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1946, where she was thefirst editor of the school newspaper. Gwen then worked as a secretary in downtown San Diego.She married the love of her life, Martin M. Kosmicki, in 1947 and became a Navy wife. Theyhad thirteen children. Gwen always made time when one of her children wanted to talk andmade each of us feel we were her only child. She enjoyed sewing clothes for her children andprofessional looking drapes for her home, played the piano beautifully “by ear” and had a keeninterest in current events. Gwen loved celebrating holidays and birthdays by opening her hometo her large family to share delicious meals she prepared. Gwen was a devout Roman Catholic and sought God’s will for her life faithfully according tothe teachings of the Church. She served in the choir and taught catechism classes at St. Johnof the Cross Church. After moving to Imperial Beach in 1962, she continued teachingcatechism at St. Charles Church and also volunteered in many capacities there, including asEucharistic Minister. Daily Mass and Holy Communion were her source of strength and sheregularly attended Tuesday evening devotions to Our Lady of Fatima. She was devoted topraying the rosary daily and to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Gwen is survived by her children Martin, Francene (Don), George (Paula), Dennis (Sheila),Jack (Kerry), Dolores, Joseph (Silvia), Mary, Valerie (Lorie), Michelle and Joan (Paul), 16grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, her brothers George Hardyand Jack Hardy and sister, Patricia Kneitz, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins andfriends. Gwen was preceded in death by her parents, her older brother, Gerard, infant sonsMark and Thomas and loving husband, Martin, in 2015. Rosary at 3 p.m. followed by visitation until 6 p.m. at Community Mortuary on Wednesday,August 12, 2020. Funeral mass will be held at St. Charles Catholic Church on Thursday,August 13 at 10:15 a.m. followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, San Diego
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