Karen Strauss Cossman

WILLIAMSBURG – Karen was born on November 4, 1942, to William and Hildegarde Strauss in New York City. She moved to Virginia at the age of three months. Karen grew up in Falls Church, VA. She and her parents lived in Paris, France for a year when Karen was 13 years old. She attended the University of Kentucky where she studied political science and psychology. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. While living in the D.C. area, Karen took additional courses in business. Karen lived in Louisiana and Colorado for many years before retiring in Williamsburg. During her years in this area, she volunteered at Avalon as a crisis companion, president of her golf group, and secretary of her church council. Karen was a secretary of the Board of Directors of Seaford Yacht Club. She was on the board at the Century Art Gallery, president of Women Investing Together, Vice President of the Green Springs Garden Club, where she established the first scholarship at William and Mary in environmental science, and was a member of Heritage Humane Society. Karen’s professional career included working for several years at Georgetown University Medical Center. Karen and her family moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana; where Karen was involved in the international trade business. She was the only women in the 1970’s to be involved in that business trade on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Karen and her family moved to Pagosa Springs, Colorado in 1981. While in Pagosa Springs, she and a friend established an interior design business covering both commercial and residential properties. Karen and her husband, Donald, retired and moved to Williamsburg. Karen also had an area at the Williamsburg Antique Mall. Karen was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Lieutenant Colonel Donald R. Cossman. Karen is survived by her daughter, Dana (Vance Haug); step-daughters, Dana (Don Kenney), Sharon Moore, and Diane Bainter; step-son, Steve Cossman; Grandchildren, Heather, Kaitlyn, and Zachary Haug; Clare Kenney, Shannon Collins, Marshall (Mariah Zumo), Charlie Robbins, Andrea (Eric Rubel), Timothy and Tamara Fogarty, and many great-grandchildren. A service will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, March 23, 2016 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, Virginia. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.nelsencares.com.

Published in Virginia Gazette on Mar. 18, 2017 [https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vagazette/obituary.aspx?pid=184515610]

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