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Francis A. Von Koss

February 15, 1925 December 20, 2021
Francis A. Von Koss
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Obituary for Francis A. Von Koss

A member of “The Greatest Generation,” Francis A. Von Koss was born February 15, 1925 to Anthony and Irene Von Koss of Detroit, and entered into eternal life on December 20 surrounded by family. He proudly served in the US Army 25th infantry during World War II. After returning home from service, he met his future wife, Marie (“Grace”) and they entered into a marriage that lasted 70 years and produced five children.

Frank was not a man of many words except when it came to growing roses, a love that emerged after he received a single rose bush from his mother-in-law in 1952. He turned the small family backyard into a large rose garden growing up to 500 or more rose bushes at times. Many hours were spent in the garden, though he always seemed to leave the weeding to Grace and the children! He was a longtime member of the American Rose Society, was a consulting rosarian, and enjoyed showing his roses in competition. He was a founding member of the Metropolitan Rose Society.

After retiring, he became more active in the parish he and Grace attended, serving with fellow retirees as an “Over the Hill Altar Boy” at weekday Masses. He and Grace enjoyed going to breakfast with their church friends at their favorite restaurant, the Golden Basket.

Frank is survived by his children Suzie (the late Jeffrey), Heidi (Dan), Mary, Kurt (Lea), and Kate, and grandchildren William, Christopher, Luke, Casey and Lewis, and great grandchildren Hunter and Evelyn and his beloved cat, Sugar. He is pre-deceased by his wife, Marie, and by his brother, Bill, and sisters Janice (the late Don) and Irene Ann.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Regis Catholic Church, 3695 Lincoln, Bloomfield Hills, Thursday, December 23rd at 10am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 9:30am. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit. The family has requested that masks be required.

In lieu of flowers, donations appreciated to the Michigan Humane Society or Solanus Casey Center.

A live stream of Frank's Funeral Mass can be viewed by visiting the link below.



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