January 22, 2014


Linus Koster, 84, of Breda, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breda. Celebrant will be Father Gary Snyder. Music will be by Marilyn Hundling, organist, and the St. Bernard choir. Lectors will be Linus' granddaughters Karen Garringer, Carrie Hanson, and Annie Pudenz. Gift bearers will be Linus' granddaughters Emily Koster, Sarah Koster, Samantha Koster and Chelsea Koster. Eucharistic minister will be Linus' son Mike Koster. Casket bearers will be Linus' grandsons Ross Johnson, Tyson Johnson, Brian Koster, Travis Koster, Mike Pudenz and Andy Koster. Burial will be at the parish cemetery. The Breda Catholic Order of Foresters will form an honor guard for the Mass.

Friends may call after 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Sharp Funeral Home in Breda where there will be a Breda Catholic Order of Foresters rosary at 5 p.m. and a Christian wake service at 7 p.m.

Online condolences may be shared for Linus' family at www.sharpfuneral.com.

Born April 11, 1929, on the family farm, Linus was a son of Joseph and Sophia (Schulte) Koster. He attended St. Bernard Grade School and High School graduating in 1948. While in school he was a great baseball player being a lefthanded pitcher and first baseman. After graduating from high school he began farming near Breda where he resided his entire life. On Nov. 7, 1950 he was married to Madonna "Donnie" Goecke, by Father Hausman, at St. Bernard Church in Breda.

In his young adult life, he loved fishing, pheasant hunting, and bowling, in which he excelled. He loved farming and loved the land. Lennie enjoyed building birdhouses from wood out of the old barn. He and Donnie enjoyed dancing at the Lakewood Ballroom to many of the big bands, and in later years, dancing in Texas to country western bands. He liked to go camping with his family, and specialized in making bonfires. He enjoyed spending time at both Black Hawk Lake and Spirit Lake fishing and having fun. He and Donnie spent the last 17 years wintering in Texas, enjoying day trips to Mexico and Padre Island, and forming many lasting friendships. Fortunately, he was able to spend time in Texas this winter. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Donnie, of Breda; children: Pat Johnson and husband Ron of Apple Valley, Minn., Mike Koster and wife Judy of Breda, Linda Pudenz and husband Phil of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Ken Koster, and wife Beth, of Centralia, Mo.; daughters-in-law: Joan Wehr of Westphalia, and Pam Koster of Norwalk; 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and a sister Esther Heim of Auburn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons: John and Jim Koster; a grandson, Joshua Johnson; his siblings: Herbert Koster, Andrew Koster, Lucille Fleskes, Agnes Seivers and Mary Ortner; and his mother- and father-in-law: Clarence and Clara Goecke.