Emma ‘Connie’ Koch, 93

Published 9:56 am Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Emma “Connie” Koch, 93, of Glenville, Minnesota, completed her life on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, and began her Heavenly journey, reuniting with her beloved husband Kenneth who died in 1981 and her granddaughter Kayla Mae who died in 2011.



Connie was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on Jan. 20, 1922, the daughter of George and Rosina (Fey) Kuhnle. She grew up with seven siblings. After graduating from high school Connie attended business school, and then worked for the Canadian National Railway in Alaska. It was here that she met Kenneth Koch who was serving in the U.S. Army during WWII. They were married on Feb. 8, 1945, in Marshalltown, Iowa, and settled near Glenville to farm and raise their three children.

Connie enjoyed traveling and spent quality time in both Colorado and Canada. She loved gardening, swimming, bird watching, as well as crossword puzzles and a “good” cup of tea. Peer counseling, the extension club, and crocheting were some of her hobbies. She was a sincere friend to many, always remembering the names of everyone’s children and grandchildren. Connie always focused on the positive in others.

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Connie was devoted to her family and is survived by her children: Gerry (Karen) Koch of Castle Rock, Colorado, Janet (Steve) Bergo of Littleton, Colorado, and Gregg (Brenda) Koch of Glenville; grandchildren: Vicki, Jennifer, Kimberly, Melissa, and Kenny; great-grandchildren: Julie, Tim, Drake, Lauren, Ella, Sophia, and Madison; brother Alf (JoAnn) Kuhnle of Winnipeg; and two brothers-in-law: Alf Moore of Winnipeg, and Howard Gallentine of New Richland.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Kenneth; granddaughter Kayla; and six brothers and sisters.

Memorial services for Connie will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the New Life Christian Church, 1705 SE Marshall, Albert Lea. The Rev. Mike Gerhardt will officiate. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.