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Amanda Cossette

September 01, 1985 - November 28, 2020

Prayer Service - Thursday

December 10, 2020
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Visitation - Thursday

December 10, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Funeral Mass - Friday

December 11, 2020
- 11:00 AM

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo

Visitation - Friday

December 11, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Amanda Cossette

September 01, 1985 - November 28, 2020


Amanda’s Live Streamed Funeral Mass can be viewed below:


Amanda Colleen Cossette, 35, passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at Essentia Hospital in Fargo, ND, surrounded by loved ones after suffering a brain aneurysm on Friday.

Amanda was born on September 1, 1985 in San Diego, California to Steve and Teri Cossette. The family moved to Fargo in 1989 where Amanda would grow up and continue to live as an adult. “Mandie” as she liked to be called, graduated from the Minnesota State University Moorhead Social Work Program in 2017. Mandie lived with passion and compassion. Her first joy was her four children; Vincent – 13, Tiana – 7, Maia – 3, and Julian – 2. They were her whole world and she theirs. She had great love for her siblings and was a caring and devoted friend. Mandie was a licensed social worker for Lutheran Social Services; working every day to serve her clients and create a better world. She also worked at the Salvation Army after earning her degree, and at the Gladys Ray Shelter in the Detox Center and at the Cooper House Apartments in the process of earning her degree. She was extremely devoted to the work she did and was an empathetic and accepting advocate to the most vulnerable communities in the FM Area. Social justice, equality, equity, and inclusion for all those who might be hurting or disenfranchised was Mandie’s life work and true passion and a legacy her loved ones hope to carry on. She will always be remembered for her honesty, her sharp wit, and her open heart, but most of all she will be remembered as the most dedicated and loving mother many of us will ever hope to meet.

Mandie is survived by her children, her parents, her older brothers Jason (Beth), and Andrew (Jess), her younger sister Kelly, her grandparents Bob and Sheryl Hodgson, her godparents Scott and Julie Knodel, all of Fargo, and many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Mandie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Cliff and Blanche Cossette.

Visitation will be held at Boulger Funeral Home on December 10th, from 6-7 P.M, followed by a Prayer Service at 7 P.M. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. The Funeral Service will be on Friday, December 11th, at 11 A.M. with visitation from 10-11 A.M. at St. Anthony’s of Padua Church, 710 10th Street South, in Fargo.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family asks that you honor Mandie by making a donation to the Gladys Ray Shelter and Veterans Drop-In Center or The Great Plains Food Bank in her name. You can do so by dropping off or mailing your donation to The Gladys Ray Shelter, 1519 1st Ave S. Fargo, ND 58103 or going to www.greatplainsfoodbank.org.

Amanda’s Video Tribute can be viewed below:


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43 responses to “Amanda Cossette”

  1. Barbara Muesing says:

    Sincere sympathy. Be safe all.

  2. Monica Kunze Mohs says:

    Heartfelt condolences to the family. Precious memories in our hearts forever. May God hold you in his love and Peace✝️💐

  3. Barb Hanson says:

    Dear Cossette Family:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God hold you very close during this time. Sending you much care and comfort. -Jeff and Barb Hanson

  4. Sharon Klovstad says:

    to the Cossette family;

    My heart felt condolences to you all. I am so very sorry to hear about Amanda’s passing. I do remember all the Amanda stories and family stories that Steve often shared. Lifting you up in prayer.

  5. Trish Schatz says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    God bless

    The Morehead Family

  6. Sharon Henderson says:

    Steve, Terry and family: Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family on the passing of Amanda. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. May you find comfort in your precious memories of Amanda.

    Sharon & Rodger Henderson

  7. Sianna Conko says:

    I am going to miss my dear friend. My prayers are with you all.

  8. Michael Hanson says:

    I am so sorry to hear this, Amanda was a real
    sweetheart. I hope all of her family and friends
    well during this time.

  9. Holly Johnson says:

    Steve & Terry & Family,

    My heart breaks for you all! I’m so sorry! You are all in my thoughts and prayers! Huggs!

  10. Teresa Barry says:

    Steve, Teri and Family,

    Please know that I am thinking about you and your family, and that my heart goes out to all of you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Shawna D says:

    Teri and family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

  12. George Koeck says:

    I am so sorry. Your daughter falls between my Emily and my Zachary. I have a grandchild from each. I cannot imagine the grief.

  13. Tom Schott says:

    Steve & family, sorry for the loss of your daughter. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

  14. Chuck Brunko says:

    Steve and Family.
    Our heartfelt sympathy to you in the passing of Amanda. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Chuck and Ginny Brunko

  15. Ann Krier says:

    Teri and Steve: My heart breaks for you and your entire family. I pray you can find peace in Amanda’s children and all of the memories you have of your beautiful daughter. Love, Ann

  16. Bruce Nather & Shane Burroughs says:

    Family and Friends of Amanda,
    Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sending our love, prayers and positive thoughts to all of you from TX!

  17. Jillian Gould says:

    We are sure going to miss Amanda. She certainly made an impact on the guests we serve at the Gladys Ray Shelter. She was an amazing advocate and is so loved!

  18. Colleen (Dooher) Kranda says:

    Stevie and family- praying for you and your daughter during this horribly difficult time.

  19. Teressa Swann says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Mandie’s children and family. I grew up with Mandie in the Catholic Church and the public schools. She will truly be missed in the community and the world by her love and grace.

  20. Sara cleary says:

    Sending our sympathies and love to the family. We will be lifting you all up in prayer in the days ahead.

  21. Steve Sweeney says:

    So sorry.

  22. SHARON GRUGEL says:


  23. Deb McShane says:

    Love and blessings to all. What an unthinkable tragedy…, yet, we know God’s love for us will prevail and he shall light the path of how to live on without her. I pray that the children may always feel their mother’s love for them. She has left quite the legacy of caring and loving those who need help most desparately❤️🙏

  24. Marti Johnson says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers will be offered for Mandie and family.
    Sincerely, Marti

  25. Thomas C Goltz says:

    Dear Steve,

    So sorry to hear this from Gayle

    I will call in some days

    Your friend,


  26. Gary Fischer says:

    I am very sorry about your loss Steve. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Gary Fischer

  27. Colleen Lavelle Roy says:

    Steve & the Cossette Family, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful daughter. I send my thoughts, prayers & love to your family.

  28. Jim Christopherson says:

    Steve and Teri,
    So sorry to read of the loss of Amanda. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Stay strong and comfort in your faith.
    – Jim

  29. Jordan Metz says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  30. Debi Kirsch says:

    Teri & family. I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Beloved daughter & mother of your precious grandchildren. Rest In Paradise AMANDA ~🙏. I have & will continue to keep your family in my prayers. Cherish the memories of a beautiful Angel ,that will be forever watching over you with never ending love. Blessings ~Debi K

  31. TIM McShane says:

    Steve (aka Reno, perhaps only known to the McShane family and my longest standing friend) and Teri, I first met Amanda when she was 6 weeks old while visiting you in San Diego. I have only seen her a few times since. Her amazing life and dedication to the disenfranchised is truly an inspiration! I pass on the prayers and condolences of the entire McShane family and pray for courage, strength, hope and love for you and her precious children.

  32. Stuart Klovstad says:

    Steve and Teri,

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I wish I could take away your pain but pain is part of the healing process. May your faith, friends, and memories provide comfort and with time help you find inner peace.

    My son Jordan and I recall with fond memories Steve and “little” Vinnie attending his basketball games. Your remarkable family has not only have such a positive impact on my family but on everyone you meet.

    May God provide comfort to you and continue to bless your family!

  33. Laura Loven says:

    Our most sincere sympathies to the entire Cossette family. May angels lead Mandie home.
    The Dignan Family

  34. Deb Anklam says:

    Deepest condolences to the family
    I was fortunate to have gotten to know her when we worked in Family Services at The Salvation Army. Amanda was dedicated to service and spoke of her children with great pride. May angels place their wings around you and Her memories heal your heart.

  35. Michelle Hovden and Jason Murphy says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  36. Hanneli VanHorn says:

    My heart is filled with pain for you all. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  37. Julie M Lavelle says:

    What loving memories in Amanda’s tribute. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  38. Steve And Dorinda Blotsky says:

    Steve and Terry, How incredibly sad Amanda’s passing is. Thank you for sharing her incredible story. Rip Amanda

  39. Amy Messner says:

    Prayers go out to the family and her children through this time and onward. Thinking of you all often.

  40. Emma Brandt says:

    I remember when Mandie was pregnant and we had class together and she came straight from work to her classes and she was always late because she would stop at some random gas station and get a bunch of junk food for lunch to eat in class. She was notorious for it and we would just all giggle a little.She sat next to me so sometimes I would steal some if it was something good. I talked to Mandie about a year ago and we talked about her job and she told me the actual details of some of her cases it wasn’t as easy as her title made it sound. I also admired her strength she never gave up. She was 8 months pregnant she didn’t care she was going to get that degree even if it meant eating crap food and being late and then working in one of the hardest social work roles you could work in. Mandie was beyond strong and she never gave up and she loved her kids more than anything in this world. Mandie will be greatly missed and I’m sorry your family and her loved ones are going through this.

  41. Ryan says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss – I’ll always remember Mandie’s kindness and humor, and how much that meant over the years. She’ll be deeply missed and my thoughts are with her family.

  42. Judy Forstner Poferl says:

    Steve – my heart aches for you. I am so very sorry for your tremendous loss – I cannot imagine the pain. Sending much love and light you way.

  43. rr says:

    Hi Steve and family. I cant say enough how sorry I am for the loss of your daughter, Amanda She looks like a bright spirit and would do so much good for the world. All our heart and prayers go out for you and your family
    Love, the Kathy Casey Witzmann

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