Obituary: Alma J. Koster
Alma Jean Koster (Amelia Rapjack/Habcek) of Battlement Mesa traveled to her last destination and everlasting reward on October
18, 2015, after an extended stay at the Colorado Veterans Living Center at Rifle, Colorado. She will be remembered by all who knew her as a kind, gentle, and caring woman of the “Greatest Generation”. She joins her husband, father, mother and brothers who preceded her. Alma is survived by her sons Ronald (Tampa, FL) and Fred (Wallace Creek), daughter-in-law Harriet, grandchildren Morgan, Anna, and Glenn, great-grandson Yosef (Grand Junction) and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and many good relations, friends and neighbors.
Born July 8, 1923 of immigrant parents in Calhan, Colorado, she answered the president’s call and proudly served during World War II in the Cadet Nurse Corp., meeting her husband to be Fred H. Koster before he went overseas as a B-24 “Liberator” bomber pilot of the 450th bomb group stationed in Maduria, Italy. After the war, Fred and Alma lived for several years in New York where Alma was content to be a mother to her two sons, both born in 1946. In 1955, they moved to her mother’s home in Colorado Springs and shortly after to Manitou Springs, Colorado. Fred worked at the Air Force Academy and Alma as a Nurse. In 1985 Mom and Pop moved to Battlement Mesa to be closer to their son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
During retirement, Alma and Fred traveled the country and the world visiting Rome, Israel, Mexico and the Caribbean also spending time traveling with their grandchildren to see the wonders of the West. Winters were spent in Arizona or Florida with Ronald. She enjoyed sewing, arts and crafts, scrap booking, cooking and gardening. Alma was a life long member of the Catholic Church. During her last years her greatest joys were visits from friends, puppy dogs, updating scrap books, and listening to audio books. Should you wish to provide a gift in her behalf, please consider the Colorado Talking Book Library.
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