Jean Elizabeth Rioux Kosciw

May 20, 1944December 26, 2012

Jean Kosciw, 68

Yarmouth - Jean Rioux Kosciw, of Yarmouth, completed her earthly journey, a victim of cancer, on Wednesday, December 26, 2012. She was at home, surrounded by her sons. Jean was born in Portland on May 20th, 1944, a daughter of Alfred J. and Alma LaRou Rioux. When she was three years old, the Rioux family moved to Peaks Island. She attended school on Peaks Island and graduated from Portland High School in 1962. Jean graduated with honors and received the Brown Medal for excellence.

In 1969, Jean married Thomas Kosciw, who was serving in the Marine Corps. Together they started a family, having two boys; David and Steven. During his long career, the family lived and travelled in many places around the world including Virginia, South Carolina, Okinawa, Japan and Maryland. Jean and Tom made many friends and great memories wherever they lived.

Jean returned to Maine with her family fulfilling their plans to retire and live in Maine near her mother and family. The family settled in Yarmouth and she lived there for the rest of her life. As her sons grew up, Jean restarted her career working at Anthem. She went to Husson College and earned her B.S. in Accounting. She graduated with high honors and used her degree to advance her position at work. Jean worked at Anthem for 24 years leaving many great friends and memories behind her at work.

She belonged to the Sacred Heart Parish in Yarmouth. Her faith and service were always an important part of her life. She joined Church outings to Ireland, Vienna, and Greece. She enjoyed travelling and learning about the world. Other than her family, Jean’s great love was gardening. She planted beautiful shrubs and flowers all around her house. Her great joy was creating and maintaining a rock garden behind the house.

Jean reached out to the world and embraced life in a positive way. She shared words of wisdom with her family and friends. Her special love lives on, for she touched the lives of all who knew her. She loved her sons and her two great nieces Leanne and Ava, who were special to her. Jean’s strength of character and her kind nature will never be forgotten. She used and shared the gifts that she had received. Now, she has moved into God’s embrace with peace and joy.

She is survived by her sons; David now living in Yarmouth, and Steven who lives in Japan. In addition, she is survived by, her brothers; Richard Rioux, who lives in Portland and Donald Rioux and his wife Marie, who live in Dorchester, Mass. and her sisters; Shirley and her husband, Maurice Michaud who live in Missouri, Florence and her husband Erhard Griffin who live on Long Island, Maine, her twin Joan Cook who lives in Portland, Audrey and her husband Peter Bryant who live in Portland, and Carmen Ragucci who lives Gorham, husband of sister Maria. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Alma, her husband, Tom, her brother, James, and sisters; Alma, Barbara, and Maria.

Visiting hours will be on Sunday December 30, 2012 from 2 – 5 PM at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday December 31 at 11 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 326 Main Street, Yarmouth. A reception will immediately in the church hall. Burial will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Yarmouth next spring. Please visit to view a video collage of Jean’s life and to share your condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the ASPCA at: ASPCA.ORG or call: (800) 628-0028



  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, December 31, 2012
  • Visiting Hours Sunday, December 30, 2012
  • Internment Saturday, August 3, 2013


  • Reception

Jean Elizabeth Rioux Kosciw

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Edie Hart

January 10, 2013

To the family: I am so sorry for your loss. Did not know your dear mother but my now deceased husband Buz worked with Tom and I knew him well. May God give you all the strength you need to get through your loss.

Angie Poisson

December 31, 2012

Jean I truly enjoyed getting to know you and I loved working with you. You taught me alot. I will miss you. I'm glad you are no longer suffering or in pain anymore. I'm thnakful that you are with the angels now. You will be truly missed.

December 30, 2012

My dear Aunt Jean, may you rest peaceful in the arms of The Lord. I am sad you are gone. May you join Tom in heaven and live well in his Kingdom above. Sherri-Jean

Maureen Daye

December 30, 2012

Jean it is so hard to put down in words what the heart feels today. I am saddened by the news that you lost your battle with cancer but I am happy to know you are no longer in pain and now living with the Lord. I will miss you Jean. I am so glad to have worked along side you for many years. I learned a lot from you. You were always willing to help no matter what you had going on for the day. Thank you for being my friend. I will forever hold you in my heart.

Elaine Wood

December 28, 2012

I will miss you, Jean. Thank you for being such a good friend for the past 26 years. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to work with you and to know you.




sister Joan and Jean


sister Joan and Jean - age 4


First Communion - May 30, 1953 - sisters Shirley, Florence, Jean, Joan, Audrey and Maria