Janet G. Koch, 85, a lifelong resident of Kingston, NY, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Rutland Regional Medical Center in Vermont, in the presence of her family. She was born May 5, 1932 in Jamaica, Queens, NY to the late Henry and Gertrude (Shaw) Roesler.
Janet was a graduate of Kingston High School with honors in 1950. After high school, she worked for several years for the Personal Finance Company on Wall St., in Kingston. She married John W. Koch on November 22, 1953. At that time, Janet put aside her career, devoting her life to caring for her family. She also acted as Secretary/Treasurer for the family business.
Janet was a lifetime member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Kingston where she was an active volunteer: running the church's nursery, organizing rummage sales, and contributing to bake sales for the women's group, W.E.L.C.A. She managed the church's outreach program in the Rondout area, the "Building-Up Store", for many years. She was an avid fan of crossword puzzles, Jeopardy!, and any type of word games.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Barbara Joscelyn and her husband Thomas of Ulster Park, John E. Koch and his wife Patricia of Renton, WA, Sandra Gorr of Trucksville, PA, five grandchildren, her half brother, Henry Roesler, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Entrusted to the care of Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Ave., Kingston, NY 12401, where friends and family may visit on Sunday, August 13 from 2pm to 5pm. The funeral service will take place on Monday at 10am with burial following in Montrepose Cemetery, Kingston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Memorial Fund, 104 Wurts St., Kingston, NY 12401.
Dear John and family, My thoughts, prayers and love are with you at this time. May you find some comfort in knowing others do share in your loss this day. Remember that life has only changed not ended. Our God wh loved and sustained Janet in this life now holds her in his arms forever. I will miss seeing her gentile smile in church. God bless you in the days ahead. Ron
Yes Daniel that twinkle was always there! I think what I will miss most is just sitting around talking with her and Uncle John and watching them finish each other's sentences and their love for each other and all of our family! That and her never ending optimism and only positive things to say about anyone. I don't ever remember her saying anything negative about anyone! Love you and miss you always Aunt Janet! Your niece JoAnn
There are many wonderful things I could write about my grandmother. She was kind, thoughtful and generous. She had a great laugh. When I i think of the thing I will miss the most about her what immediately comes to mind is the twinkle in her eye when she was telling a good joke or sharing a happy memory.
You will be forever missed Nana. You showed me unwavering affection and kindness, shared with me your "secret" recipes and love for cooking, taught me how to master a jigsaw puzzle and were always a positive influence in my life. I know you will be always be here smiling down on us, and have no doubt that my daughter will know your love just as much as I do.
Love always your granddaughter, Lisa
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