SARAFINA KOESKE, January 5, 1938 – December 20, 2020
Sara Tontinella Koeske,of Carmel, passed on to the Lord December 20, 2020 after fighting the incurable Multiple System Atrophy and the COVID-19 virus. The family lost not only a devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, but also a fantastic cook, baker, artist, an accomplished seamstress and the greatest homemaker.
Among all the things in life that Sara cared about and enjoyed; family always came first. It was always her pleasure to see that husband Albert, children Gail (Bill Webster), Michael (June) and Paul (Jill) were well cared for and well fed. It was important to Sara that she stayed home to raise her family.
And of course, when the children were grown and had families of their own, there were grandchildren: Michael and June’s Jaclyn and Samantha; Paul and Jill’s Matthew, Jonathan and Aaron. Sara had a chance to meet her first great-grandchild, Madeline, (Samantha and Nicolaus D”Antonio). They never had reason to question if they were loved.
She was born Sarafina Tontinella in Milwaukee, the youngest of three daughters of Antonina and Philip Tontinella. Sara took pride in her Italian heritage and upholding many of the traditions. The Tontinella girls were close and Sara will be greatly missed by her sisters Rosa (Ruehl) and Josephine (Mason), as well as many nieces and nephews. Sara graduated from Riverside High School in Milwaukee, attended Alverno College there, then took a job with Wisconsin Electric Power Co. where she met Albert Koeske.
They married on October 17, 1959 in Milwaukee and, as the family grew, Al’s work took them to Bloomington, MN, then to Carmel, IN. While in Bloomington, Sara helped organize a charity for The Children’s Hospital. Eager to put her own talents to use in Carmel, Sara built a cottage industry around her exquisite and creative sewing. She took joy in getting to know her clients. Many an Indianapolis-area bride was wed in a Sara Koeske expertly altered gown. Sara made the best biscotti cookies. She also used her artistic talents to do watercolor painting. Sara was the glue that held the Koeske family together
A woman of deep faith, Sara was a longtime member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish.
A Memorial Mass will take place at a later date.
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