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Myrajean T. Koster

October 4, 2020

Myrajean T. KosterMyrajean T. Koster, 78, of Watertown passed away Sunday, October 4, 2020, at Hospice of Jefferson County.

Myrajean was born in Rochester on January 7, 1942, daughter of Walter J. and Elizabeth Nelson Koster. She was a graduate of Nazareth Academy, Rochester, received her BS from Plattsburgh University, and her MA from SUNY Brockport. She also received her Certificate of Advanced Studies from SUNY Brockport.

Her career spanned 44 years in education. Most of her career was spent at Alexandria Central School, where she was a teacher, principal, and Superintendent of Schools. She had been a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph for 15 years and taught at many of their schools in the North Country. She was extremely greatful to the sisters for her education in the grammer school and high school.

Myrajean was a communicant of Holy Family Church. She was an auxiliary member of the Sisters of the Precious Blood. She had been president, served many years in its music ministry, provided technical support for their computers, and helped with their newsletter. Her admiration for the Sisters knew no bounds.

Myrajean was a member of both Delta Kappa Gamma and Phi Delta Kappa. She was a current board member for PIVOT and a former board member for the Girl Scouts of America. She had been a member of the Retired NYS Teachers Association, the River Rompers Relay for Life team, and the Watertown Golf Club. Myrajean enjoyed participating in music ministry throughout the North Country, especially with her guitar, gardening, and reading.

 She is survived by her closest and most loyal friend of 44 years, Nancie S. Williams, Watertown; sister, Dorothy O'Leary, Rochester; three nieces, Shelley (Jammie) Morris, Myrajean (Eddie) Eckerson, and Marsha (Tony) O'Leary; great nieces and nephews, Shawn (Tiffany), Brandon (Amanda), Lauren (Will), Elizabeth (Will), Willie, Westin, and Damien; cousins; and good friend Patti Wagoner, Alexandria Bay.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Friday, October 9, from 4 - 7 PM. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Church on Saturday, October 10, at 2 PM with Rev. John M. Demo presiding. Masks and social distancing are required for calling hours and the Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations in Myrajean's memory may be made to either the Sisters of the Precious Blood, 400 Pratt St. or the Sisters of St. Joseph, 1425 Washington St., both in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family and friends may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#17 Maureen Martin 2020-10-08 23:19
For more than four decades, MyraJean and Nancie have brought heart, soul, laughter, and life to three generations of Martins. Always there for us and with us—from fireside to poolside to bedside in the ER. Our connections run deep and forever. I hold on to the strength of hugs past, a treasure to unfurl as needed to enfold next in her warmth In tomorrows yet to come. MyraJean was always with us in life and will so remain in spirit.

Much love, dear Nancie. The two of you kept us going through dark places and light. Stay strong. Stay you. Stay safe. Stay loved.
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#16 Patricia M Ford 2020-10-08 10:27
I had the honor of meeting and working with Myrajean in the Jeff/Lewis GSA Council and more recently at DKG Chi Chapter events. What a wonderfully well rounded individual whose legacy will remain forever. RIP Myrajean and give "Jo P.C." a hug for me!
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#15 Joan Mazulewicz 2020-10-07 18:10
Myrajean broke the glass ceiling to become the first female superintendent in the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES. I was the fourth. She was a friend, a mentor and a true educator. She was a beautiful spirit and I will never forget her.
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#14 Edward Eckerson 2020-10-07 15:38
Ever since I married in to the O'Leary family. Aunt Myrajean welcomed me with open arms. . I married her handed down name Myrajean O'Leary so her name will live on for a while more.. Both have carried the name with honor and dignity. You will be missed bit we all have great memories to carry on. Rest in peace Aunt Myrajean. We love you always.
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#13 Lori M Brock 2020-10-06 23:06
I am so sad to hear of Myrajean's death. She was truly a light for our family There were times when she would just appear when we really needed her the most. She knew little things mattered.--like sharing a favorite soup on a winter day, or witty quip to lighten the wait in an ER. She will be missed greatly, and she and her family and friends will be in my prayers.
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#12 Tony decker 2020-10-06 22:02
a strong beautiful soul the world lost a saint and heaven gain an angel rest in peace you will most certainly be missed
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#11 Tony decker 2020-10-06 22:00
a beautiful and strong soul the world lost a saint but heaven gained an angel rest in peace you will most certainly be missed
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#10 Suzanne Tingley 2020-10-06 13:40
MJ was the first female superintendent in the Jeff-Lewis BOCES and I was the second. She took me under her wing as a mentor and soon became one of my dearest friends. We laughed together, traveled together, taught together,and had one another's back always. She was just an absolutely beautiful person and I will miss her dearly.
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#9 wayne farrell 2020-10-06 13:25
To Family and Friends;

My deepest condolences to all of you, as I worked at Alexandria Central as a teacher, coach and athletic coordinator, and spent allot of professional time with Ms. Koster on athletic budgets and interscholastic athletics.
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#8 Shauna Brock 2020-10-06 12:42
Rest well, Myrajean. My memories of you and Nancie are so formative and so stabalizing. Your gentle nature will be missed. Say hi to Grace, okay? I hope you two are off hanging out and chatting.
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