Remembering...Joseph J. Koski
Date of Birth: June 30, 1982
Date of Death: December 2, 2017
Joseph J. Koski, age 35, of Plover, Wisconsin passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017, following a prolonged illness and a lifelong struggle with health issues. Joe was born at Fairchild Air Force Base Hospital in Spokane, WA in 1982. He is the only child of Donna and Dave Koski of Iron River, MI. As he moved with his parents, he attended schools in Spokane (WA); Rhinelander (WI); Beaverton (OR); and Sioux City (IA). He graduated from Sioux City East High School in 2001. After graduating, he lived at Opportunities Unlimited, a brain injury and spinal injury rehabilitation facility, in Sioux City from 2001 until 2013. When his parents retired and returned to Iron River, they moved Joe to Wisconsin in December, 2013 to be closer to his extended family in Michigan.
During his younger years, Joe was a patient at the Shrine Hospitals in Spokane, WA; Portland, OR; and Minneapolis, MN for orthopedic needs. He also attended Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, Michigan for physical, occupational, and speech therapies for 13 summers from 1986 through 1999. He often expressed how much he missed going to Bay Cliff and the Shrine Hospitals and frequently referred to each as his “second home”.
Although he was physically and mentally challenged, he was very social and loved to meet new people and make new friends. Joe was an avid sports fan. He especially loved hockey, baseball, and football. He and Dave were season ticket holders for the Sioux City Musketeers hockey team from 1994 to 2013. He met and made many friends with the hockey players, many who previously played or currently play in college and/or the NHL. He was able to personally hold the NHL Stanley Cup trophy when it was brought to Sioux City in 2004 by a former member of the Musketeers. He also attended the NCAA Frozen Four College Hockey Championship in 2011. He was a Packer shareholder and was finally able to attend a Packer football game at Lambeau Field in 2012 where he met Mark Murphy, Packer President. He also attended the College World Series in Omaha in 1998. He was seasonally employed for many years by the Sioux City Explorers baseball team during the summers.
He is survived by his parents, five uncles: Wayne, Roy, Glen, and Ben Koski; and Dave Timpani, numerous cousins, and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Konstant Koski, Jr. and Leona Koski, his maternal grandparents, James and Vernette Timpani, and an uncle, John Koski.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Ministry Hospice, Inclusa (Community Care of Central Wisconsin), St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point, WI, the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, WI, Opportunities Unlimited, and the scores of doctors, nurses, therapists, care givers, and other health professionals that provided care for Joe during his lifetime.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Dawn Robbins to officiate.
In lieu of flowers, Donna and Dave request that donations be made to Bay Cliff Health Camp, P.O. Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808.
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