Tuesday, August 8, 2006; Page B05
Karen E. Cosner, 70, a Fauquier County real estate broker who was key to the development of the Vint Hill business park and
residential neighborhood, died of cancer Aug. 4 at her home in Warrenton.
Mrs. Cosner also was part of a successful effort in 1996 to get a Zip code for the tiny community of New Baltimore, which
residents considered historic horse country, and more prestigious than the suburban town of Gainesville, which was their
My biggest complaint is our loss of identity, she told the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors in 1996. We have a civic
association; we have churches; we have a firehouse. We have a history. . . . But we don't have an address.
They did, but Gainesville is in Prince William County, and primarily, we want to be identified with Fauquier County, she told the
supervisors. Mrs. Cosner had a small farm in New Baltimore, where she raised Charolais cattle and horses.
New Baltimore is a little old village that had its heyday during the Civil War, she once told a Washington Post reporter. The
appeal of being New Baltimore and having a sense of place was important."
Born in Washington, she attended Central and Roosevelt high schools. She also attended Emerson Preparatory School,
Northern Virginia Community College and a Realtors institute. She was licensed as a real estate broker in 1972, and the next
year she started Cosner and Co. Realtors. She retired from the business in 2005.
Mrs. Cosner was past president of the Fauquier Board of Realtors, and she won its first Realtor of the Year award in 1977, as
well as the state award from the Realtors Land Institute. She was past president of the Fauquier unit of the American Cancer
Society, the Warrenton-Fauquier Chamber of Commerce and the Soroptimist Club of Warrenton.
In 1991, she was named Businessperson of the Year by the chamber and in 1996 was appointed by then-Gov. George Allen (R)
to the economic development authority for Vint Hill. She worked on the authority for seven years, obtaining approvals for zoning
and planning of the large development.
A swimmer and an equestrian, Mrs. Cosner enjoyed gardening, fishing and throwing annual game dinners in autumn for friends
Her marriage to Benjamin Clark Jr. ended in divorce.
Her second husband, Victor Cosner, died in 2003. A stepson, Thomas Cosner, died in 2004.
Survivors include a daughter from her first marriage, Linda Maroney of Manassas; two stepsons, Gary Cosner of Warrenton and
Donald Cosner of Stafford; a brother, James Ahlgren of McLean; and a granddaughter.