Florence Jean “Flo” Kosela passed away peacefully in Austin, Texas on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at the age of 80.
Flo was born on February 7, 1940, to Joseph and Stephanie (Jemielita) Popko in Brooklyn, New York. She married Jan Piotr “John” Kosela on February 19, 1972. They raised two daughters, Jean and Irene. Flo sold Avon and taught the toddler class at a church preschool in Katy, Texas for over thirty years. She was well known for having an exceptional way with children, and the little ones adored Flo as much as she did them.
Flo loved to laugh! She had a wonderful sense of humor and was a staunch proponent of looking on the brighter side of things. She was a good listener who enjoyed meeting new people and chatting. Flo could strike up a lengthy conversation with a total stranger or talk for hours with friends. She had endless entertaining stories about the “old days” in Brooklyn. Flo was a devoted mother (and mother-in-law) who was always there for her children and her son-in-law. She had a gift for baking and cooking—everything from cheesecake and Christmas cookies to lasagna and Polish pierogi. Flo really loved music (Elvis was a special favorite), singing and dancing, searching for “treasures” at garage sales and thrift stores, and having a good time at the casinos whenever she got the chance. She was never without her favorite lipstick. Most of all, “Boppy” cherished spending time with her family, especially her grandbabies. Flo always made time to play catch or laugh watching “Nailed It” with her grandson, color and craft with her granddaughter, and sing her littlest grandchild (“her” baby) to sleep.
Flo was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Stephanie, father, Joseph, and husband, John. She is dearly missed and survived by her daughters Jean Kosela and Irene (Kosela) Atkinson, her son-in law Jeremy Atkinson, and her grandchildren Delilah, Desmond and Danzig.