Edna Koehneke

Edna Louise Koehneke

Tuesday, May 31st, 1927 - Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
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After experiencing countless joys as a child of God, Edna L. Koehneke was called home to heaven and fell asleep in Jesus Christ on Wednesday, January 8th, at the age of 92.

On Monday, January 13, 2020 at 11AM, the celebration of Edna’s coronation will take place in a service of praise to God at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. Dale Koehneke officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, January 12, 2020, from 3PM until 5PM at the funeral home, as well as from 10AM until time of service on Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to Sarett Nature Center. Those wishing to leave a condolence online may do so at

Edna L. Koehneke was born and raised in Detroit, MI. She was married to Rev. Paul Koehneke of Milwaukee, WI in 1950, enjoying 67+ years of partnership, family life and shared ministry. They were blessed with five children: Rev. Dale (Donna) of Salem, OR; Paul (Sharon) of Springboro, OH; David (Barb) of Downers Grove, IL; Karen of St. Joseph; and Mark of Chicago. They were also blessed with eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Besides her priorities of raising 5 children, Edna was also active as a faithful volunteer in the congregations they served in Illinois and Michigan, as well as at the hospital in St. Joseph. As the children grew up, she began working as a medical assistant for Dr. Sekharan and Dr. Beal. Prior to her marriage, she was also employed at Dun & Bradstreet in Detroit.

Edna loved to bake, and for many holiday seasons, people looked forward to her colorful plates of cookies at Christmas. An avid gardener, she appreciated a full season of blooms – especially from her favorite rose garden. And given her love of photography, she captured many beautiful sunsets over Lake Michigan.

In later years, she created a part-time business called ‘Edna’s Quilts,’ which allowed her to pursue her passion for quilting. Baby quilts were one of her specialties, and she treasured the thought that hundreds of babies had been kept warm by her handcrafted creations.

Edna also initiated her own greeting card ministry, which involved sending out hundreds of cards each year to members of her church and the local community. She handpicked each card to match the individual and occasion and always included a special personal note of inspiration.

Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Paul Koehneke; her father, Delos Woodard, and mother, Helen Woodard-Domke; two brothers – Chuck Woodard and Richard Woodard; and three sisters – Ruth Richmond, Delphine Veldkamp and Delores Mercurio.

Edna gives all praise and glory to the Lord for her 92 years of life. She loved her Savior, her family and her many friends. Her faith in Jesus remained her highest priority and the main focus during her entire life.

* To God Alone Be Glory *
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 12th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, January 12th, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Monday, January 13th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Monday, January 13th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, January 13th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, January 13th, 2020 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Riverview Cemetery
    2925 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Wayne Petzke

Posted at 08:59am
Dear Paul, Karen & Family: Our deepest sympathy and condolences to all of you on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God's blessings. Bonnie & Wayne Petzke

shirley johnson

Posted at 07:00pm
Sending heartfelt condolences to Edna's Family. Edna was a very nice lady, and she was well liked by many people.
I still have a birthday greeting that Edna sent to me many years ago. May she rest in peace. Richard & Shirley Johnson.

Fred Redde

Posted at 02:23pm
We send our sympathy at the passing of you gracious and loving mother. May you be comforted by the memories you share. Edna was a rock..a great legacy for her family and friends.
Fred and Janet Reddel

Alice iaconelli

Posted at 12:34pm
To all my Koehneke Families, my sincerest Condolences to all of you. My Cousin Edna will be sorely missed by everyone who loved her. She is now with the Lord and all her other loved ones. She is now Happy and carefree and reunited with my Cousin Paul what a glorious reunion for both of them. They are loved so much and will be missed Dearly. R.I.P. Your Cousin, Alice Iaconelli

Darcy Stuck

Posted at 12:37am
On behalf of SJHS Class of 1973, I would like to offer our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. She will be sorely missed and always remembered fondly. Please know that your classmate's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve the loss of your mother, and celebrate a life well lived.

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