Joanne Koszala (nee Cossa), 74, of North Riverside, died Feb. 28, 2012 at the British Home in Brookfield.

Ms. Koszala was very active as a parishioner at Mater Christi Church in North Riverside. She was past president of the church’s Women’s Guild and a proud member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society as well as a member of the church’s SPRED (Special Religious Development) group.

She was the wife of Eugene J. “Gene” Koszala; the mother of Sharon (Steven) Rodriguez, Kevin Koszala, Jonathan (Dawn) Koszala and Brian Koszala; the grandmother of Gianna Pollastrini, Nicholas Pollastrini, Margaret Koszala, Joseph Koszala and Anthony Koszala; the great-grandmother of Natalie; and the sister of John Cossa.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on March 5 at Mater Christi Church, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Memorial donations are appreciated to the National Parkinson’s Foundation or the SPRED Center of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Arrangements were handled by Riverside Funeral Directors, Brian D. Kuratko, director.