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Lifelong GE Marketing, Ad Manager Karl L. Koss Of Southport, 91, Was An Accomplished Pianist

Karl L. Koss
Karl L. Koss Photo Credit: Contributed

Karl L. Koss, 91, died peacefully at his home in Southport on Oct. 2.

He was predeceased by his wife, Janet. He leaves a son, W. Judson Koss with his wife Pamela, as well as a daughter, Gretchen Koss-DeFrank with her wife Polly, along with five grandchildren and two sons-in-law.

Surviving family also includes two brothers, Warren Koss and his wife Patricia of North Carolina and Clarence Koss and his wife Helen of New Hampshire.

Karl was a 1951 graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, ME, an accomplished curler, a passionate gardener and a lifelong marketing and advertising manager at General Electric. He was also a longtime congregant at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Fairfield.

He was stationed at Fort Hood, TX in World War II and served as an honor guard and military escort.

Karl was a classically trained pianist and, to his grandchildren’s delight, the piano player at multiple “Christmas gigs” ranging from Trinity Episcopal Nursery School in Southport to the Southport Congregational Nursery School to General Electric’s annual corporate headquarters’ children’s party.

He has donated his remains to the Yale School of Medicine for medical student research and requested that a graveside memorial service be held at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in his name, to: St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Fairfield or Music for Youth in Westport.

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