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Joanne Evelyn Koch

September 29, 1930 - November 26, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Joanne Evelyn Koch

Joanne Evelyn Koch

Born: September 29, 1930
Died: November 26, 2019
Age: 89

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Joanne Evelyn Koch, the daughter of Melvin and Irma Ketelsen Humphrey was born September 29, 1930 in Spencer, IA.  Her childhood years were spent in Spencer, where she graduated from Spencer High School in 1948.  She went on to attend the University of Iowa.

     Joanne married the love of her life Maxwell Joseph Koch on March 26, 1951 in Spencer, IA.  She owned and operated a drapery business for over 35 years.

     Joanne enjoyed watching her grandchildren at their sporting events, sewing, reading, working on crossword puzzles together with Max, flower gardening and bird watching.  She and Max also enjoyed many travels throughout the United States. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for over 60 years. Joanne will be remembered for her unconditional love for her family and as a devoted friend to many.

     Joanne passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer at the age of 89.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Max in 2016; her son, Jerry and great grand-daughter, Avery Engkjer.

     Left to cherish her memory are her children: Steve (Nanette) Koch of Sioux City, IA, Marty (Connie) Koch of Waconia, MN, Doug Koch of Phoenix, AZ and Kathy (Dave) Thome of Arvada, CO; 9 grandchildren; 14 great grand-children; other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.
Father Tim Hogan
Sarah Engkjer
Josh Smith
Craig Thome
B.J. Koch
Maggie Brytowski
Brad Thome
Adam Koch
Kally Czapla
Will be held one hour prior to the Funeral Service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

"Amazing Grace"
"On Eagle's Wings"
"Ave Maria"
"Prayer Of St. Francis"
"Song Of Farewell"
"Sing To The Mountains"

Soloist: Cassie McCreary
Organist: Marianne Fuchsen

North Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 7:51 AM
“Joanne, Bonnie and my mom, Virginia were best friends. We all loved Joanne. I remember when she would come to visit us and she wanted to go deep sea fishing, so my dad and brother took her. She had a blast. Joanne was a beautiful person and we will miss her. We send our sympathies and lots of love to the Koch family. Love, the Maurer Family ”
- Amy Maurer Bostrom
Monday, December 2, 2019 at 2:56 PM
“My deepest sympathy to all of Joanne's family. She was a lovely lady and will be missed by so many. She was always smiling and I enjoyed visiting with her when I brought her books. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.”
- Rita Nuebel
Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:50 AM
“So very sorry very sorry to hear of your loss. She was a wonderful mother to her children and a very kind person. Always enjoyed talking with her”
- Kent and Ann Taylor
Friday, November 29, 2019 at 4:40 PM
“Keeping all of you in my prayers!! She will be missed by many but so loved. God will welcome her with angel wings and she will watch over all of you!! Love to all of you!! ”
- Kathy Grienke
Friday, November 29, 2019 at 1:01 PM
“Steve, Marty and families, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. May she Rest In Peace and your memories be sweet. ”
- Anita Bailey
Friday, November 29, 2019 at 11:55 AM
“Friends and Family of Joanne deepest sympathy for your loss. Del and Laurie Sanderson”
- Laurie Sanderson
Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM
“To all the Koch family, I wish to express my sympathy in the tasing of your Mom/grandmother. I remember her as a devoted mother and "fan". May she rest in peace”
- Gene Hall
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 12:09 PM
“Many thoughts and prayers are with the Family. Joanne was a wonderful friend and neighbor for twenty plus years”
- Shirley Davies
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 5:19 PM
“We are so sorry to hear about Joanne. She was like a second mom to us when we were young. She and my mom had many wonderful memories together. Sending prayers to your family. ”
- Vikki Putnam
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 5:19 PM
“Dearest cousins, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom! What a sweet woman! I'm so glad that your dad and mom and I got the Ketelsen book up to date a few years ago. What fun we had! Even got her brother in on it. Cherish your memories and may God wrap his arms around you all and give you peace. ”
- Bryan and Gayle Bailey
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 4:09 PM
“We are sadden by the loss of Joanne. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! ”
- Brad & Amy Smith
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