Joan was married to Blaine Cosbey on August 12, 1950, who preceded her in death in 2008. Mrs. Cosbey joined the Ralston Purina Company, St. Louis, MO in 1951, where she worked for 46 years. Joan held various positions and at the time of her retirement in 1997, she was the director of Payroll Services and Human Resources Information Center. She was a 1947 graduate of Belleville Township High School, and a 1949 graduate of Belleville Area College (SWIC).
Joan was a worthy advisor of the Order of Rainbow for Girls, Assembly No. 4, Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Gamma Chi Chapter and Beta Alumnae, named “Boss of the Year” by the American Businesswomen’s Association, and served as a board member and treasurer for the Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, and the St. Clair County Fair Association. She was a past member of the First Presbyterian Church, Belleville, IL.
Joan was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Blaine Cosbey; her father, Charles H. Graf; her mother and stepfather, Margaret E., nee Buckrod and Arthur Sauer; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Helen, nee Lyons, Cosbey.
Surviving are family and special friends, Maurice and Gloria Vale of Freeburg, IL; five godchildren, Thomas H. Vale, Whelan Klemme, III, Michelle Majors Hale, William Majors, and Letitia Klemme Polasek; and her cousins, friends, and her faithful pet, Hans.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Private services will be held at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Entombment will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum, Belleville, IL.