Gail (Brooke) Cotsonas, 68, Bristol


Gail (Brooke) Cotsonas, age 68 of 68 Ferry Road, Bristol, and Eastham, Mass., died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 at RI Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

She was the wife of Michael Cotsonas, her husband of 44 years.

Born and raised in Natick, Mass., she was a daughter of the late Robert and Edna (Hunt) Brooke, Sr.

A resident of Bristol for 10 years, she previously resided in Madison, N.J.  for 30 years.

A graduate of Natick High School, she worked for several years as the administrative assistant to the vice president of Honeywell Corp.  After moving to Madison, she first worked for the Morris Arts Council and then a volunteer and board member of CASA in Sussex and Morris County, N.J. for a number of years and lastly worked as a pre-school teacher at the Madison Community House, retiring in 2003.

She loved her family and friends and could tell a good story like no other.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Brian J. Cotsonas and his wife, Stephanie; her three grandchildren, Emma J., Julia B. and Ben P. Cotsonas, all of Jamestown, R.I.; and a daughter, Courtney C. Litowitz and her husband Andrew of Wilbraham, Mass.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister-in-law, Russell Brooke and his wife May Lou and Robert Brooke, Jr.

She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held in the spring at a time and place to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Morris and Sussex County NJ Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), 18 Cattano Ave., Morristown, NJ  07960 or online at

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