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Irene M. Kocher longtime resident of Naperville Irene M. Kocher (nee Schmidt), 90, died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at Edward Hospital in Naperville. She was born Dec. 22, 1921, in Brodhead, Wis., and moved to Naperville as an infant so her parents could work at Kroehler Manufacturing Company. She was the beloved wife of the late Vincent C. Kocher; loving mother of Vincent Jr., Daniel and Frederick; adored grandmother of four; cherished great-grandmother of four, and devoted daughter of the late Theodore and Anna (nee Lessa) Schmidt. Irene was a graduate of SS. Peter & Paul Grade School, Naperville Community High School and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She received a master's degree from the National College of Education. Irene will be remembered as a teacher at Elmwood and Maplebrook Elementary Schools. Her family and school students were her greatest joy and she spoke frequently about both. In fact, her husband, Vincent, as they prepared to go out for the evening, would always say "I don't want to hear the word "school" tonight." Visitation is from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St, Naperville. Services will begin Monday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m. from the funeral home, and will proceed to a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 36 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville, with her nephew, the Rev. Don Kocher, officiating. Interment will be in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Naperville. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to: SS. Peter & Paul School, Office of Development, 201 E. Franklin Ave., Naperville, IL 60540, 630-355-0113, or visit For information, call 630-355-0213 or visit
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Aug. 24, 2012
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