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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Minniev Cozette (Billie) Flesch

  • Minniev Cozette (Billie) Flesch, 98, passed away Aug. 30, 2012, at Oakwood Village University Woods in Madison, Wis.
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  • Minniev Cozette (Billie) Flesch, 98, passed away Aug. 30, 2012, at Oakwood Village University Woods in Madison, Wis.
    Billie was born Minniev Cozette McKoon on Aug. 15, 1914, in Kirksvile, Mo., where she graduated from Kirksville High School.
    In 1935, she married Joseph M. Flesch, whom she met while he was a student at Northeast Missouri State Teacher’s College (now Truman State University). She was the accountant for her husband’s Flesch Auto Body Shop business until the outbreak of World War II when she sold the business upon Joe’s decision to make the U.S. Army a career.
    Billie was an Army wife from her husband’s call to active duty in 1941 until his retirement in 1967.
    After her husband retired from the Army in 1967, they moved to a farm in Neosho, where she continued as a homemaker and became payroll specialist for the hospital in Stella. Subsequently, she and her husband moved to Lebanon, Mo., where they lived for 17 years. Nine years ago they moved to Madison, Wis.
    Billie enjoyed genealogy, cooking, sewing, millinery, bridge, cribbage and membership in Lutheran Women’s groups, Daughters of the American Revolution (69 years), and Order of the Eastern Star (75 years).
    Survivors include three children, Joseph E. and his wife, Jean, Flesch of Clarksburg, Md., Janet Libby and her husband, Harry, of Middleton, Wis., and Laura Thornberry and her husband, Bruce, of Tampa, Fla.; son-in-law, Robert Wanek and his wife, Jan, of Davenport, Iowa; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Sister Mary Norbert Flesch; and many nieces and nephews.
    Billie was preceded in death by her parents, Edward L. and Laura A. (Bondurant) McKoon; beloved husband, Joseph M. Flesch; dear daughter, Gretchen Flesch Wanek; and her brother and sister-in-law, Floyd and Ruth Sandrock.
    The funeral took place in Lebanon, Mo., Sept. 15, 2012, at Shadel’s Colonial Chapel. Internment will be in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Mo., next to her husband Joe. In lieu of flowers, Billie’s family requests donations to the Oakwood Foundation-Continuing Care Fund, 6201 Mineral Point Road, Madison, Wis. 53705.
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