Edna Virginia Stacy Koziol
Edna Virginia Stacy Koziol was born in St. Joseph, MI on October 6, 1927 to Gertrude Stacy and Robert Myers and passed away after a long illness at the home of her daughter Sophia and son-in-law James Wages, on April 10, 2016. She is also survived by her granddaughters Stacy Wages (Susanville, CA) and Jamie (Joe) Curran and triplet grandsons , Jackson, James, and Miles (Scottsdale, AZ). Preceding her in death was her husband Larry, son Barry, and half-brother Kenneth Fowler of Michigan. She is also survived by her half-sister Betty Fowler Halfacre, of Beechgrove, TN and nieces and nephews.
Edna attended and graduated high school from the Michigan School for the Deaf in Flint, MI 1946. She lived on campus during the school year and returned home for the summers due to the long distance from her home to the school. At an early age, her mother passed away and she was raised by her aunt and uncle along with her cousins. She especially enjoyed spending her summers on the farm, gardening and tending to the farm animals.
Several years later, she moved to Duluth, MN and worked in several factory jobs and spent weekends with her friends at many organized deaf social events where she met her husband-to-be, Larry, and a two-year courtship followed.
Upon hearing from Larry’s brother, Henry, about the logging industry in Northern California, Larry moved to Susanville to work. Edna soon followed, and on November 24, 1951, they were married at the St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno, NV and made their home in Susanville.
After her children were of school age, Edna worked outside her home at the Model Laundry in the 1960s and later she was employed by the Hotel Mt. Lassen. In her spare time, she would crochet and sew, with her finished products always professional in appearance.
Spring, Summer, and Fall were Edna’s favorite times of the year as she would plan in the Winter which garden vegetables and flowering plants she would grow. She paid close attention to Lassen County’s unpredictable weather, ensuring that her new growth would not freeze.
Even though Edna lived her entire life in silence, she kept abreast of the local and national news by watching closed-caption television. She watched her favorite daytime tv shows, and her favorite series “Hawaii 5-0” and “Blue Bloods.” She also enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and piecing together difficult puzzles.
When she came to live with her daughter 8 years ago, her motherly instincts were revived. She managed the entire household; caring for the pets, washing clothes, ironing, shopping, cooking cleaning, maintaining the garden and yard work…she did it all; just as she did many years ago, raising and caring for her family again. She truly enjoyed helping out, until she was no longer able.
Edna was a gentle person and her eyes revealed who she was… loving, caring and courageous. There was always sunshine in her smile. Her heart was as big as the heavens and she will be embraced by the Lord and all of his angels.
A memorial mass will be held at the Sacred Heart Parish at a later date.
and sunshine in her smile.
There’s love in everything she died
to make our lives worthwhile.
We can find both hope and courage
Just by looking in her eyes.
Her laughter is a source of joy,
her works are warm and wise.
There is a kindness and compassion
to be found in her embrace,
and we see the light of heaven
shining from a Mother’s face.
Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
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