October 7, 1987 - July 6, 2021
Rachel Marie Kossow was born on October 7, 1987 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She grew up spending time with her mom at the park, causing neighborhood chaos, picking on her little sister, going on adventures with her grandpa, fishing with her dad, and much more. She had a deep love for her hometown and her friends and family there. She always wished she could visit more often.
On July 6, 2021, Rachel’s life was taken too soon as a result of a traumatic brain injury sustained by a household accident.
Rachel is survived by her mother, Anna Marie Reed (Glenn) of Hot Springs; sister, Katie Kossow (Keegan); her boyfriend, Adam; and is the daughter of the late John Kossow. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends too numerous to count. Her two cats, Badger and Popcorn, are also missing her greatly. We all loved her very much.
Rachel was a third year student at Black Hills State University where she excelled in the study of History and Social Sciences. She loved reading about almost any topic, from Ancient Egypt, to geology, to spirituality and everything between. She was an artist and collector. She loved Disney and Beyonce; cozy clothes and eating more food than just about anyone. Rachel had her issues in her adult life but never wanted to be defined by them. She didn’t always fit into the mold others wanted her to and was by no means perfect, but that’s what made her who she was - just like all of us. She had an unmatched sense of humor and could make anyone laugh and cheer anyone up. She loved her friends dearly and was always sympathetic to others’ problems and wanted to help, no matter who they were or where they came from. She possessed a sensitivity and kind way of thinking few people possess, and even fewer understand. She always did the best she could and loved us all unwaveringly.
We are all left to wonder how we can move on from this unexpected and terrible loss. The sting of the sudden accident that took Rachel’s life will not soon subside. No one can guess why this had to happen and we are all left heartbroken. Rachel would say: “don’t take each other for granted” and “love one another” because you never know when life is at its end.
Rachel’s organs were donated so that others might have a second chance at life. What could not be donated were given to research, which will benefit the lives of countless people in the future. We are comforted to know that Rachel could help others and by the fact that she would find it all very cool.
Now, she is with her father in heaven and no doubt thrilled to be united with her earthly father, John. Rachel is to be cremated and interred on top of John’s grave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We will also plan a celebration of life in Rapid City at a later date.
We would like to thank each and every person for their love and support during this time of need and the generous donations made to Rachel’s GoFundMe page. We hope to use the funds raised to lay Rachel to rest in the best possible way.
We would also like to thank Monument Health for the great care they gave to not only Rachel, but to her friends and family. Their heroic kindness and strength will always be remembered. Thank you, also, to LifeSource who made everything possible for organ donation. Every single moment of the process was handled with the highest level of dignity and respect for Rachel and they treated her as the hero she became.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.