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Obituary - August 2016

The Northern Cross - August 2016

Father Raymond Cossette, 86

Father Raymond Joseph Cossette, age 86, died Saturday, June 25, at Good Samaritan Society — Woodland Campus in Brainerd. Father Cossette was born Dec. 29, 1929, in Buhl, to Philip and Anne (Beaudette) Cossette. Father Cossette attended St. Paul Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Thomas Welch on June 4, 1955.

Father Cossette served for many years in the Diocese of Duluth, beginning as an assistant pastor at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing; as pastor of St. Peter Church, Duluth; superintendent of Cathedral High School, Duluth; diocesan superintendent of schools; and pastor of St. John Church, Biwabik. He was the chaplain of Brainerd State Hospital for almost 20 years; his last active assignment was as administrator of Holy Family Parish, Hillman. He retired on Jan. 1, 1995.

Father Cossette is survived by many family and friends. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 29 at St. Andrew Church, Brainerd. His final resting place is at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing.