Doreen Cozzetto died at North Okanagan Hospice House after a year-long illness. She leaves behind her dear love and companion Sonny and many friends. When Doreen found out she had cancer, her reply with a shrug of her shoulders was “Well, we all die someday.” And then she continued to live by the philosophy she had lived by for two and half decades: “One day at a time.”
If you are one of the lucky ones to have known her, nothing we say can replace that feeling you had when this classy lady entered a room. To be there just once more and bask in her instant friendship and soak up her laughter is what we all wish on this profoundly sad day of her passing.
Doreen’s best friend remembers her at an AA meeting 24 years ago where they became instant friends and constant support for each other, but mostly she remembers the laughter and joy of knowing a truly big-hearted person.
Doreen had an artist’s soul. She lived for music and was no stranger to strumming her guitar and crooning along to raw and heart-felt lyrics of country and western tunes. She danced and many will remember her most recent foray into ‘tripping the light fantastic’: square dancing. Her watercolour paintings were not as well known as the countless afghans and other knitting she did for the needy and for those in senior homes and the hospital. She was quiet about her giving.
Her giving put her in the class of unsung heroes who ‘fight for the underdog.’ Giving was not a pastime for Doreen but rather an imperative – to do something for people, the down and out.
She put all at ease and loved to entertain people – but never mistake, she had a mind of her own and was a feisty one when she needed to be!
We miss you, Doreen. You believed in angels. Now you are one.
No funeral by request.