Derek Joseph Gossman
Tuesday, May 25, 1971
Date of Death:
Monday, September 20, 2021
50 years old
Derek Joseph Gossman
Derek Joseph Gossman, 50, of Rochester, died on Monday, September 20, 2021 at his home.
Derek was born May 25, 1971 in Rochester to Kevin and Faline (Thompson) Gossman. He attended St. Francis Grade School, then graduated from Lourdes High School in 1989. He then went on to Collegeville, Minnesota to attend St. John’s University and graduated summa cum laude in 1993. He worked for a year in research at Mayo Clinic for Dr. Textor prior to attending Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. He finished Marquette in May of 1996 with a Master of Science in Applied Economics summa cum laude and was awarded full academic scholarship.
He moved to Woodbury, Minnesota and worked as a research statistician for First Data Decision Support in September of 1996. In February of 1998 he joined Parametrica in Woodbury as Chief Scientist in Research and Development until March of 2000, at which time he joined Metrics Companies, Inc. in Minnetonka as a Senior Analyst Sales Forecaster. He joined the staff at Mayo Clinic in Human Resources in Rochester in February of 2003 as a Senior Planning and Process Analyst until November of 2005, when he became Senior Project Coordinator in Human Resources. He remained in Human Resources until November of 2013, when he became a Project Manager in the Kern Center of Mayo Clinic until August of 2021.
In May of 2009, he married Carrie Peterson of Lanesboro, MN. They later divorced in 2018. Derek is survived by Cora, his daughter and Kylie, his adoptive daughter; his mother, Faline; brother, Dan (Molly) Gossman and their daughters, Isabella and Amelia of Rochester; and his sister, Jill (Paul) Kos and their daughters Hayley, Carly, Greta and Eliza of Apple Valley, MN. He was preceded in death by his father, Kevin; his uncle, Vance Thompson; maternal grandparents, Glenn and Margaret Thompson; and paternal grandparents, Joseph and Ellen Gossman.
He enjoyed playing with his daughter, Cora. They loved to play soccer outside and many board games. He loved watching her play soccer on a team. He spent many years in Fantasy football and was a rabid fan of all TV sports! He also enjoyed fly-fishing (particularly with his dad), crossword puzzles and loved studying history and collecting memorabilia from World War II. He had some impressive maps framed from World War II. He also loved rock music from the 1970’s, and the History and the Discovery Channels.
The Memorial Service for Derek will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 4, 2021 at Church of the Resurrection in Rochester. Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass at church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Rochester. A luncheon will be served at the church.
Memorials are preferred to Church of Resurrection or donor’s choice.
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There are no words to express my sympathy for the sorrow of your loss. It had been too long since I last had the chance to speak with Derek, but I want to share that the impact he had on me has been everlasting. He was the greatest work teammate, in every sense of the word, a person could ever have- smart, intuitive, kind, hardworking and funny. I am a better person for having had the fortune to know him.
Faline, I was so sorry to read about your son Derek's death.
He was way too young and so blessed to be so well educated and accomplished at his age. I feel sad that his daughter will be. left without her Dad .
I will miss his visitation and mass as I have already commited to an event Monday
My dear nephew, Derek, left all those of us who loved him with the treasured memories of his loving spirit. His sensitivity to others feelings and his caring, generous soul lives on with His Lord and Savior, being cuddled in the arms of His creator. Derek, we love you and will miss you every day, but are comforted in knowing that you are safely home in the everlasting life that has been prepared for you. God Bless you always. Aunt Ginger
My condolences to the Gossman family, so very sorry for your loss. Jim Libera
So sorry for your loss. He was too young with too much potential. Our prayers to you and your family 🙏💕
My deepest condolences to Derek's family. I had the opportunity to work with Derek for a short while on a project at Mayo Clinic. He was kind, eager to help and very smart. He helped to teach me new skills and was well liked by the team. I am very sorry for your loss and will keep you in my thoughts during this time and pray for your peace and comfort.
Mom, dad, and our family are incredibly sorry for your loss. Hugs to all from Dan and Carol Thompson and family.
To the family of Derek Gossman –
I am sharing in your sadness as you remember your lost loved one. I had the opportunity to work with Derek in the Kern Center. He was very intelligent, often working outside his project management role as he was savvy in statistical analytics and had the ability to jump in and help where needed. I will cherish memories of our small team meeting outside of work from time to time as we sat in lawn chairs talking about our kids. Cora was the highlight of Derek’s world.
Wishing you strength and comfort during this difficult time.
To Derek’s family,
I had the pleasure of working with Derek at Mayo Clinic. He was instrumental to the work we were doing to improve the engagement of our staff. He was incredibly resourceful and determined to help us get the data and information we needed to understand what the people of Mayo were telling us. I can’t imagine anyone doing that work better than Derek.
He and I shared a history of attending Lourdes and Saint John’s and we talked about that often.
Please accept my most sincere condolences on the death of this good man. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Faline, Jill, Dan, and families,
I am so very sorry for the loss you must all feel. May you all experience the peace and comfort of Jesus in your grief and sadness. While loved ones are sorrowful ,and Derek will be greatly missed, all who know Him can be assured that His promises are true :
4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4
Praying for you all today, and in the days to come. Love, Tracey
Gossman family, I am sorry to hear of the death of Derek. Prayers to the entire family. RIP Derek.
Dan, Molly, Isabella and Amelia. I was so very sorry to read about. Please accept my deep thoughts and prayers in this most difficult of times.
I had the pleasure of working with Derek in Kern. He was a generous colleague and always willing to help. But what I'll remember most is the joy on his face when he talked about his adventures with Cora.
My deepest condolences.
So sorry for your loss of a loved one.
I just met Derek and was looking forward to spending time with Derek to get to know more about him. He will truly be missed.
God Bless you all in these difficult time! Robert and Sharyn Voss
Such sad news and sending my sympathies. Derek and I worked together at Mayo Clinic for several years with a team supporting a major grant. I was so fortunate to have Derek’s expertise to guide us through. Despite numerous health issues he persevered. Now he has “peace at the last.”