648 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Phone: 508-845-6226
Fax: 508-842-0061
Ronald Kosiba

Ronald F. Kosiba

Monday, June 19th, 1939 - Friday, April 16th, 2021
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Obituary

Ronald F. Kosiba, affectionately known as Baldy, 81, of North Grosvenordale, CT and formerly of Auburn, MA, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 16, 2021 surrounded by family.

He leaves his loving wife of 58 years, Judith (Berggren) Kosiba; his daughters, Karen A. Kosiba, of Natick, and Kristine K. Moran and her husband Tim, of Douglas; two grandsons, Rourke and Reilly Moran, both of Douglas; his siblings, Richard Kosiba, of Upton, and Mary Army, of Uxbridge; along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Mary (Chase) Kosiba, and his brother, Joseph Kosiba.

Born in Whitinsville and raised in Grafton, Ron enlisted in the U.S. Army where he drove tanks during the Vietnam War – he was honorably discharged in 1963 and transferred to the Reserves. He worked for the Auburn Water Department, then Commerce Insurance for two decades before retiring.

Ron was a true fighter who always persevered and found humor in everything. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, travelling, fireworks, 4th of July, and spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors. Most of all, he cherished the moments spent with his grandsons, family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project (support.woundedwarriorproject.org).

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Kosiba family between 11 AM and 12 PM on Friday, April 23, 2021 at the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn, MA. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Auburn.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 23rd, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Friday, April 23rd, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Britton-Wallace Funeral Home
    Address
    91 Central Street
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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  • Interment

    Location
    Hillside Cemetery of Auburn
    Address
    65 Central Street
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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Barry Berggren

Posted at 03:25pm
My earliest memory of Ron was of this mystery man racing his speedboat around Lake Manchaug. I was about 10. He was known to my family as “Cowboy.” The lake was small, the boat was fast, and the man seemed fearless. The usual view of Cowboy was with the boat sideways in the water as he negotiated the turns. Not long after, Ron met Judy and I was a lucky little boy who would receive regular bribes of a quarter to leave he and my sister alone on the couch in our living room. Ron regularly took me fishing and hunting and taught me about the woods and New England wildlife. He was the big brother I never had. Over the years, Ron taught me many things, not the least of which was how to keep a positive outlook despite what life throws at you. I have never known anyone who has persevered and pushed through so many physical traumas and come back time after time apparently stronger than before. Ron personified the expression “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” The world, in particular my world, was made so much better by Ron being a part of it. We will all miss Ron in our own ways, but it’s hard not to smile when we reflect on our time spent with him. That is a legacy that we can all only hope to achieve.
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Ken Holstrom

Posted at 05:00pm
Hello neighbor. Judy you were at Mount View and then Meadow Street and we on Central. So sorry to hear about Ron.
Ken
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Randy Becker

Posted at 07:22pm
Dear Mrs. Kosiba - although we met many, many years ago at a company event or two, I wanted to extend my sincere condolences on the loss of Ron to you, your daughters and family. I started working at Commerce Insurance in 1986 and Ron was a fixture there! His dry wit and sense of humor were his hallmark. He was a very dedicated and hard working employee, but knew it was important to enjoy the work you do along with the people you work with. If something had to get done, you would call Ron and you knew it would get taken care of. Everyone that knew Ron and worked with him had great admiration first, for his work ethic, but also that sense of humor. Even though he left Commerce many years ago, he left an indelible mark in my memory and heart! God Bless and thank you for sharing many great years of Ron’s life with his Commerce family. Sincerely, Randy Becker

Lisa Jean

Posted at 04:27pm
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Uncle Ronnie. We will miss so many things about him. His laugh, his jokes and his "shenanigans". He always had a story to share and a comment (or two) to throw out! He was a fun guy to be around and we will miss him so much. May you be filled with peace and strength in the coming days. May your memories of him make you smile and sustain you. Love you all. Lisa & Kevin.
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