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Norma Koch


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Norma Koch Obituary
Norma Koch, 89, of rural Mount Sterling, died Tuesday evening, July 10, 2018, at home after an illness of several weeks.

Norma was born May 23, 1929, near Timewell in Pea Ridge Township, Brown County, a daughter of Charles and Eulalia Fitzsimons Nolan. She received her education at the one-room Ebenezer School, Pea Ridge Township; St. Mary's Academy, Mount Sterling; and Gem City Business College, Quincy.

She married Charles Koch on Nov. 3, 1951, in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Mount Sterling, now Holy Family, where they were dedicated and devout parishioners.

Norma was tireless in her roles as a farm wife and mother of eight children. In later years, after a half-dozen of the children grew up and pursued off-farm endeavors, Norma pitched in on the farm, regularly handling calf-feeding chores well into her mid-80s.

She enjoyed baking, sewing, quilting and gardening -- pastimes she shared with her children and local youngsters during her years as a 4-H Club leader.

In addition to her husband, Charles, Norma leaves behind a large and loving family. They include son, Phil (Becky) Koch of rural Mount Sterling, and granddaughters, Dawn (deceased) and Danielle; daughter, Ann (Brian) Cooper of Dubuque, Iowa, and grandchildren, Kate Cooper (Will Hoyer), Andrew (Josie) Cooper, Ellen (Adam) Broich and Greg (Kristin) Cooper; son, Ken (Mary) Koch of rural Mount Sterling, and grandchildren, Patrick (Erica LiBritz) Koch, Daniel (Jackie) Koch, David (Meggie) Koch and Keith (fiancée Nicole Watje) Koch; daughter, Jane (Mike) Morris of Princeton and grandchildren, Aaron Morris, Laura Morris and Eliza Morris; son, Dale (Barb) Koch of Chapel Hill, N.C.; son, Tom (Marcy) Koch of North Mankato, Minn., and grandchildren, Corynn (Dan) Scaminace, Jamie (Chris) Rohwer, Blake (Jessi Swanoski) Koch and Evan (Alison) Koch; son, Tim (Vicki) Koch of Leadville, Colo., and grandsons, Charles Koch, Joseph Koch and Matthew Koch; son, John (Deborah) Koch of Evansville, Ind., and granddaughters, Ashley (Clint) Caringer and Isabelle Koch; siblings, Marilyn (Jim) Wort, Agnes (Richard) Redmond and Tom (Judy) Nolan; siblings-in-law, Robert Koch, Joan Zurita, Sister Sara Koch, Rosie (Jim) Shank and Ruth Nolan. Also surviving are 22 great-grandchildren, in whom Norma took great delight.

Also preceding Norma in death are siblings, Marguerite Schneider and Bob Nolan; siblings-in-law, Mary Ellen (Virgil) Ferrill, Don (Marylyn) Koch, Maurice "Bill" Koch, Patricia Koch, Charles Schneider, Dr. Victor Zurita and Betty Koch (who was also a special first cousin).

SERVICES: 2 p.m. funeral Mass Saturday, July 14, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Mount Sterling, with burial in Mount Sterling Catholic Cemetery.

VISITATION: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Hendricker Funeral Home, Mount Sterling. Friends may also call from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The rosary will be said at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

MEMORIALS: St. Mary's School, Pregnancy Resource Center, Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice or Brown County Against Cancer.

WEBSITE: hendrickerfuneralhome.com.

ARRANGEMENTS: Hendricker Funeral Home, Mount Sterling.

Condolences may be expressed online at whig.com.
Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from July 12 to July 14, 2018
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