Created on Saturday, 16 March 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Margaret Louise Harvey Kozusko, 84, known as “Mike” to many of her friends, of Cocoa Beach, Fla., passed away in her home Sunday, March 10, 2013, after a brief illness.
Born in Steubenville on Jan. 20, 1929, to Ruby Lindley Harvey and Dr. Dale Harvey, she was raised in Bellefontaine with her three brothers, Bill, John and Dale Richard.
Margaret attended Western University in Miami, Ohio. After graduating with interests in both history and English, she traveled to Japan and worked in Psychological Operations for the Army during the Korean conflict, where she met her husband-to-be, Joseph Kozusko. He was a representative for Philco, after being discharged from the Air Force following crash in a B-27.
Margaret met her husband only because her friend was not interested in him, preferring another man, a decision Margaret’s friend regretted after seeing what a good couple they were.
Margaret and her husband moved to Canada in the 1950s, as he helped engineer the DEW line of radar stations across the top of Canada during the Cold War.
They then moved to Cocoa Beach in 1957 when he got a job in engineering the downrange tracking of the Polaris and various other ballistic missiles.
She taught school at Cocoa Beach Elementary before it was named Freedom Seven Elementary (for the manned Mercury rocket missions). She saw the historic Apollo moon missions lift off from the nearby Kennedy Space Center, as her husband was deeply involved in the program.
Widowed in 1987 and already well-traveled, Margaret took an extended excursion to China, which she remembered fondly as one of her best adventures overseas.
She always maintained an interest in history, which befit her life, as she lived near and participated in so many historic events around the world.
Margaret is survived by her two sons, Timothy Kozusko of Melbourne Beach, and Terrence Kozusko of Cocoa Beach, as well as her brother, Bill, and his wife Susie, who live just outside of her hometown of Bellefontaine.
As per her wishes, there will be no service, and her ashes will be spread in the ocean near her residence. She would appreciate any donations to hospice, which helped make her last days on earth much better.