Carmen H Kosoff of Syracuse, NY
The New York Times | December 22, 2020
(by daughter Lenore Sabal, Bensalem, PA)
Carmen Kosoff, age 74, was born Carmen Haydee del Castillo on June 23, 1946 in the Amazon jungle city of Iquitos, Peru. She came to the United States at the age of 15 with her cousin in hopes of a better future. She passed away in Syracuse, NY, on December 22, 2020 after fighting COVID-19 for 10 days in Upstate Community General Hospital.
Carmen met the love of her life, Joel, in the 60s while living in Brooklyn with her grandmother. They were married in a beautiful ceremony on October 4, 1968 and spent 52 52 wonderful years together until her death. They raised two children together, son James, a daughter Lenore, building many happy memories and a wonderful family life in Skaneateles, NY. Carmen loved with all her heart; she was devoted to her husband, children, and friends and would do anything for them. She loved traveling, planting flowers and vegetables, baking (including the best apple pies!), playing Scrabble , watching the New York Yankees, going to Bingo and casinos, getting together with friends, and living life. She worked as an assistant cook in Skaneateles Central Schools for 20 years before retiring in 2005. There, she touched the lives of countless students, staff, and teachers. Her impact is forever.
Carmen is survived by her loving husband Joel, daughter Lenore, son-in-law Michael Sabal, granddaughter Crystal, and grandson John, along with numerous cousins, a brother, sisters and various relatives throughout the USA and Peru. She is preceded in death by her parents, a sister, a brother, and her beloved son James Edward Kosoff.
Carmen was a beloved wife, mother, and friend who is deeply missed. Like thousands of others #MarkedByCOVID, her preventable death is due to one of the biggest failures in government history. Every politician and leader who isn’t taking this pandemic seriously and who has given those an excuse to eschew safety measures like masks and social distancing should be held accountable. Her family hopes that Carmen’s story can help save others and that her death is not in vain.