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  • Rosemary Ermis
    Funeral services for Marie Anna Kossa, 14, of 2113 avenue H, who drowned in the Gulf Sunday afternoon, will be held at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday at Malloy & Son
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      Funeral services for Marie Anna Kossa, 14, of 2113 avenue H, who drowned in the Gulf Sunday afternoon, will be held at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday at Malloy & Son funeral home, thence to St. Mary's Cathedral for 9 a.m. mass.
       
      The Rt. Rev. D. P. O'Connell will officiate.  Burial will be in Old Catholic cemetery.
       
      Marie was born here Jan. 7, 1939, and was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral parish.  She was a student at Stephen F. Austin Junior High School.
       
      Surviving are her mother, Mrsw. Anna M. Kossa of Galveston; a grandmother, Mrs. Amelia Kossa of Schulenburg; and several aunts, uncles and other relatives.
       
      Pallbearers will be M. Burech, A. Kivch, James Korenek, C. Meyers, O. Fassetta, J. Korenek.
       
      Galveston News, Tuesday, June 2, 1953
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      A 14-year-old Galveston girl drowned in shoulder-deep water near the 9th street rocks off the beach here Sunday and three other persons were rescued by alert guards during a busy, tiring Memorial Day afternoon.
       
      The drowned girl is marie Anna Kossa of 2113 avenue H.
       
      Beach Patrol officers worked over her body for more than two hours after she was pulled to shore.  Then Dr. James B. Stubs, summoned to the scene from John Sealy hospital, examined her and pronounced her dead.
       
      The young girl was discovered by another bather, Raymond Wheeler of Kountz, Texas.  Wheeler brought her to shore and notified Lifeguard George Bertolino who began working over her immediately.
       
      John DeVries, captain of the Beach Patrol, arrived with resuscitator equipment and continued working on the girl until there was no hope.
       
      Justice of the Peace James L. McKenna and Dr. Norman D. Schofield, St. Mary's Infirmary pathologist, also arrived on the scene.  When the doctor pronounced the girl dead Judge McKenna ordered her body taken to the Malloy & Son funeral home.
       
      The girl was identified by Vincent Sorrentino of 1424 avenue C. who runs a float stand on the beach front at 6th street.
       
      Sorrentino told Capt. DeVries the girl came to the stand at about 12:30 p.m. and left her clothes there while she went swimming.  That was the last he saw of her, he said.
       
      DeVries said no one saw the girl go under water.  Nothing was known of it until she was discovered by Wheeler.
       
      Galveston Daily News, Monday, June 1, 1953
       
      Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
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