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Phyllis Cossette

September 07, 1932 - March 05, 2011


10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 8 in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

2-3:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 8 in St. Benedict's Catholic Church, Wild Rice.

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Funeral Mass: 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 8 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, Wild Rice.


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Phyllis Cossette

September 07, 1932 - March 05, 2011


Phyllis Irene Cossette of Fargo, ND, passed away peacefully at her home in Edgewood Vista on    Saturday, March 5th 2011, at the age of 78.

Phyllis was born Sept 7th, 1932 and grew up on the family farm in Davenport, ND, with her parents, Milton and Edna Hans, and her brother Leland.  Phyllis was a graduate of Fargo Central High School in 1950.  She loved to learn and continue her education by attending college at NDSU.  While at NDSU she was a member of the Gold Star Marching Band.  In 1952 she was crowned Homecoming Queen.  Phyllis continued her education obtaining a degree from Moorhead Teaching College (MSU) and then earned a Medical Technology degree from St. Luke’s Hospital.  In her 50’s, Phyllis returned to MSU to gain an accounting degree.

Phyllis married Ivan “Bud” Cossette on May 18, 1957, and soon after they built their home of 50 years in Wild Rice, ND, where they raised their family.  Phyllis was a nature lover, avid gardener, enjoyed canning and preserving, snow skiing, travel, music, and winters in the southern United States in their motor home.

Phyllis had many friends in the area, was very active at St. Benedicts Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir and being an active member of the Ladies Guild.

Phyllis is survived by her husband Ivan “Bud”, children Paul (Suzanne), Julie (Alex Mejia), Gary, Diane, Jim (Kristin), Mike, Tom, and David, and grandchildren Josh Skyberg, Justin Skyberg, John, Grayce Darrah, Mark, Cody, Taylor, and Brayden.

Phyllis was a loving wife, mother and friend to us all. We will miss her.


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  1. Steve & Diane Heier says:

    Fargo ND
    when we moved in 23 years ago Phyllis was one of the first to come greet us.
    We will miss her dearly.
    stop over and visit us anytime Bud.
    Or at our new place in Horace when we move.l

  2. Marna Ulrich says:

    Denver CODear Bud,
    I am so sorry to hear about Phyllis. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I am thinking how fortunate you were that you had her in your life for so many years and have such a wonderful family because of her.
    I have to admit sometimes I think of how I used to drive you crazy when I worked for you and I smile when I hear your voice saying to me that I was almost going to drive you to drink again. I am thankful for those memories. I am also glad I never got you too crazy.
    I will keep you in my thoughts.
    love, Marna

  3. Linda Clemedtson says:

    Greenleaf WIBud,
    Heartfelt condolenses to you and your family. Phyllis was a very lovely person.
    How fortunate for you and Phyllis to have shared your lives with one another and to have raised such a large and wonderful family.
    My family has so many good memories from those fun times with you at Big Pine Lake.
    You were the best neighbors and dear friends!
    May you and your family find comfort together in this time of loss.

    Linda, John & Ann Clemedtson

  4. Gordon and Adele Spidahl says:

    Dent MN
    Dear Bud and Family,

    We were saddened to hear of passing of Phyllis. We could not make it into Fargo yesterday for the funeral but we wanted to tell you what a wonderful person we thought she was. She was always so much fun and what a conversationalist! We loved to visit with her. What a bright interesting lady. We had so much fun on all those Standard Oil trips we went on with both of you. Very good memories.

    We send you our Love, Sympathy, and Prayers.

    Gordon and Adele Spidahl

  5. Cheri Wehrmann says:

    Saint Cloud MN
    Hi..Ivan and Family.. Im sorry to hear about phyllis passing.. I happen to see it in the paper on website for the forum.. I worked with phyllis there at Edgewood from march 2009 to march 2010.. I worked with her in Pearl’s Place and take it she was still in the same area when she died.. I was a CMA/RCA when I was there. Now I work and live down here in Saint Cloud as a CNA/CMA. She was a very nice and pretty lady and I will miss her dearly!! May peace be with u all! And will be thinkin about u!!



  6. Kellyanna Moore Westbrock says:

    Owatonna MN
    I have wonderful memories of my childhood living near Bud & Phyllis and the Cossette Family. I remember Phyllis would call and let me know whenever the raspberries in her garden were ripe. She would invite me over for “berry-picking”, but she knew that bucket would never get full because those berries went straight from the bush to my mouth 🙂 She never minded, and kept inviting me over and over again. She loved her kids so much, and was so great to us neighbor kids, too. Thanks for sharing her with us. She’ll always be a part of my childhood, and she is fondly remembered.

    – Kellyanna Moore

  7. Bruce and Phyllis Emmel says:

    Moorhead MN
    So sorry to hear of Phyllis’ passing. Our sympathy is extended to her family. Our prayers go with you.

  8. Paul Aubrecht says:

    Shorewood MN
    Cossette family,

    You have my sincere condolences for the passing of Phyllis. Although I will not be able to make the service, my thoughts and prayers are with you.


  9. Simon and Agnes Barnes says:

    Toronto Canada We are thinking of you all at this sad time, especially Bud and our good friend Paul.

  10. Karen Dobler says:

    Fargo ND
    I did not have the pleasure of meeting Phyllis, but we share someone precious and new in our lives. Our new grandson Brayden Thomas. I am comforted to know that as this grandma will be watching over him here, his grandma Phyllis will be watching over him from heaven. In this time of loss, many thoughts are with you. In Deepest Sympathy, Karen and Doug Dobler

  11. Heidi Dwinnell says:

    Mounds View MN
    What a beautiful obit…after reading it, I really wish I’d had a chance to meet Phyllis…she sounds like a truly wonderful person. Mike and Julie, you and your family are very prominent in my thoughts…I hope you find comfort in this difficult time.

    – Heidi

  12. Roger Lee says:

    Chaska MN
    Dear Bud and Family,

    Sincere condolences at the death of Phylis. You are in our prayers during this time of sadness. God bless her memory.

    -Roger and Cindy Lee

  13. Sandi and Bruce says:

    Bud and Family,

    I am sorry we are not able to be at the services for Phyllis. Please accept our deep sympathy and know we are thinking about you.

    I am so glad I was able to see you both and visit with you that day at the clinic a few months ago. I wil remember the animated, fun, outgoing, smart Phyllis but will also remember she looked nice that day and smiled the way she always did.

    I know your memories will bring smiles and laughter along with the tears.


    Sandi and Bruce

  14. Patrice and Paul Aubrecht says:

    Shorewood MN
    We hope the fond memories of Phyllis bring comfort to your entire family. Our deepest sympathy and blessings,
    Love Pat and Paul

  15. Vicky Rust says:

    Cypress TXYour family is in our thougths and prayers. Always remember the good times you spent with her and she will live on forever.

  16. Dick and Sharon Savageau says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    We were so sorry to hear of Phyllis’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  17. Gene & Stephanie Baril says:

    Moorhead Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

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