Ernest M. Kosa

June 22, 1922July 31, 2018

The Reverend Ernest M. Kosa, 96, of Sparta, NJ passed away on July 31, 2018 peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Born on June 12, 1922 in Somerville, NJ, Ernest had lived in New Brunswick, NJ where his father was the pastor of the Magyar Reformed Church. He attended Bloomfield Academy and graduated from Bloomfield College in 1945 and Bloomfield Seminary in 1948, and later earned his MBA degree from Syracuse University. Ernest was hired as a pastor for two years in Cleveland, Ohio where he played the organ, directed the choir, took care of the youth groups and preached 2 services each Sunday, one in Hungarian and one in English. He was then called to be pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Sterling, NJ for two years. In October of 1952, Ernest entered the U.S. Army as a Chaplain where he served for 20 years. He served in Korea and Vietnam during the wars. Following his retirement, Ernest became the Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Administrator for Sussex County for 20 years and was involved with many county agencies, including the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice where he was Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee for over 10 years. He was also involved with the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show/NJ State Fair, SC Mental Health Board, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Newton Medical Center Foundation, and Easter Seals. Because of his long time commitment of 40 years to the County Building at the NJ State Fair, the County Building was named in his honor. He was also a member of the Vietnam Veterans Organization and the American Legion. Ernest is survived by Barbara his loving wife of 63 years, his daughter Karen Rinaldi, sons Mark Kosa, Brian Kosa and his wife Karen. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren Kyle, Simone, Mitchell and Marissa. He is predeceased by his son in law John Rinaldi and his two sisters Lillian, Margaret and husband Imre. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Ernest’s life on Sunday August, 5, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church of Sparta; 32 Main St., Sparta, NJ from 12 – 2PM and 3 – 5PM. A Funeral Service will be held at 5:30PM immediately following visitation. Interment will be held on Monday 12 noon at Northern NJ Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ernest’s memory to the following organizations would be greatly appreciated; Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860; Newton Medical Center Foundation, 175 High St., Newton, NJ 07860; or Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 327, PO Box 9, Stanhope, NJ 07874.


  • Barbara Kosa, His loving wife of 63 years
  • Karen Rinaldi, His daughter
  • Mark Kosa, His son
  • Brian Kosa and his wife Karen, His son
  • Kyle, Simone, Mitchell and Marissa, His loving grandchildren
  • son-in-law John Rinaldi and his two sisters Lillian, Margaret & her husband Imre, Predeceased by His

  • Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Foundation
  • Newton Medical Center Foundation
  • Vietnam Veteran's of America


  • Visitation Sunday, August 5, 2018

Ernest M. Kosa

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Louly and Dave Reynolds

August 5, 2018

Our deepest sympathy for this formidable loss. May the memories help sustain you. Our prayers are with the Kosa family.

With Love,

Louly and Dave

Walter Towers

August 5, 2018

Ernie was the voice of reason and guidance for many, most especially those of us who are members of VVA Chapter 327. His very presence lifted our spirits and gave us hope and inspiration. I will always remember those "walks to the beer tent" at the Sussex County farm and horse show. Usually around three o'clock on a hot afternoon Ernie would get thirsty and one of us would accompany him for a cool libation, during which he would recount stories, provide insight and leave us feeling good.
God Bless brother - I'm sure your words will be ringing proudly through the halls of Valhalla. I, also, believe Saint Peter is waiting at the gates of heaven to admit you to a special place reserved only for the best of us.
May you rest in peace Col. Kosa.

Rudy Vallee

July 31, 2018

Colonel Kosa you will be so missed, I can't put it into words. I will miss you so much Ernie, all the years we spent together at the Sussex County Farm & Horse show along with the Marine Corp League, we had some great times there !! Having both of us served in Vietnam we also had that in common. Please rest in piece Ernie, in loving memory,

Rudy Vallee

Dana Ross

July 31, 2018

Rev Kosa will be missed. He was a dear friend for many years after serving as an interim pastor at The First Presbyterian Church of Franklin and fill in whenever we needed coverage in our pulpit. He was an old time preacher who was gifted to share his message in both English an Hungarian and with his passion you never had to worry about anyone falling asleep during his service. He will be missed but has gone on to be reborn with our God.