Phyllis Catherine Cosgrove

Friday, March 31, 2017

Phyllis Catherine Cosgrove of Cherokee,age 100, passed away Monday March 27, 2017 at Accura Health in Cherokee. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, with Father Dan Guenther officiating, and burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cherokee. Visitation at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee was from 4 - 7 p.m. Thursday, with the family present from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. There was also a 4 p.m. Catholic Daughters Rosary and a 7 p.m. prayer service at the funeral home. The Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Phyllis Catherine (Smith) Cosgrove, was born December 10, 1916, on a farm near Elgin, Nebraska, to Joseph Smith and Margaret Ann Baum Smith. Phyllis attended school in Raeville, Nebraska and graduated from Elgin High School in 1934. After working in Nebraska and attending National Business Training School (NBT) in Sioux City, Phyllis moved to Cherokee, where she was employed at Cherokee State Bank from 1941-1951.

Phyllis married Leo Cosgrove in 1950, and the couple lived on the Cosgrove Brothers farm near Meriden. Leo passed away on February 10, 1986.

Phyllis was also preceded in death by her sister, Marie Schrad, and an infant sister, Helen Rose.

Phyllis served on the Red Cross board, was a 4-H leader for 10 years, president of the local Catholic Daughters of America, gave book reviews for 15 years, and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She also cared for her Aunt Pat and Uncle Earl Shulters for 11 years.

Survivors include a niece, Kathy Cosgrove Green of Fort Collins, Colorado and a nephew, Mike Cosgrove of Dallas, Texas and their families; nieces and nephews Rosemary Heying and David Schrad of Petersburg, Nebraska, Kenneth Schrad of Elkhart, Indiana and Carol Jean Schleffler of Albion, Nebraska; and many other relatives and friends.