Deborah Jane Kosiba

April 3, 1951October 31, 2018

Deborah Kosiba, age 67 of Knoxville finished her journey in this life Wednesday, October 31.

She was born in New Hampshire where she spent most of her life in the company of her extended family. Part of that time was spent on or near farms where Debbie developed a love for animals- especially dogs and cats. She would never be long without a pet for the remainder of her life.

Graduating with honors from the University of New Hampshire she pursued a career as a Medical Technologist. Debbie worked in various hospital laboratories in New Hampshire, Maine and Asheville, NC before arriving at her dream job at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center in Knoxville. She was able to spend the next 17 years in the company of innumerable dogs, cats and other exotic species toward which she applied her laboratory skills with compassion and exceptional diligence.

After retiring in 2016 Debbie continued her hobbies of quilting and knitting, blessing many with her beautiful handiwork and never having fewer than two cats to keep her company. She served as a volunteer at Love Kitchen, Young-Williams Animal Center and most recently Ladies of Charity, demonstrating kindness and generosity in quiet ways which were appreciated by all who were aware of them.

Debbie is survived by her sister J. J. Mann, nephew Chris Mann both of Albuquerque, NM and her aunt Genevieve Gorczyca of New Hampshire.

Friends and family wish to extend their appreciation to the staff of Shannondale Nursing Home and Amedisys Health Care.

Although she did not want a memorial service, those who knew her are invited to remember and honor her life however they feel led.


Deborah Jane Kosiba

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Lana (Gill) Gagnon

December 3, 2018

I have many fond memories of spending time with Debbie's family growing up. Neighbors of a sort, we spent time at the Kosiba home, trips to the mountains and other small adventures. She was a bright, kind, gentle soul who loved animals and pursued her goals without letting any obstacles stop her. There was never a time when there were not multiple pets and farm animals around the house/farm. I especially remember the dogs and different kinds of chickens, My sincere heartfelt sympathies go out to her sister and nephew. J.J. please reach out to catch up if you would like to. It's been many years, but childhood memories linger in the heart like wonderful hugs. My email is with the funeral home. Lana Gill Gagnon

Carolyn French

November 12, 2018

Debbie was such a sweet and kind lady. I have a large supply of things that I had her knit for me. Debbie loved her sewing and made a many quilts both for her friends she worked with and for the kitties at Young Williams. Rest easy my friend things will now be easy and no more pain. I’m glad I knew her you and can call you my dear friend.