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Marvin & Gretchen Koch

Marvin & Gretchen Koch

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Obituary

Gretchen Lois Koch (Korn) was born March 13th, 1932 in Burlington, Wisconsin to Theodore and Edna (Potratz) Korn. She was baptized as a child of God and confirmed her Christian faith at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Burlington. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1950 and went on to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee to study music education.

Marvin Harold Koch was born July 1st, 1932 in Town of Lake (Milwaukee), Wisconsin to Frederick and Lillian (Vogt) Koch. He was baptized as a child of God at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church and confirmed his Christian faith at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church, both in Milwaukee. He graduated from Bay View High School, Milwaukee in 1950 and went on to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee to study music education.

Gretchen and Marvin met while at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where they both obtained their Bachelors in Music Education. Marvin then served his country in the United States Army, stationed in Germany. The two joined in Holy Matrimony on June 30th, 1956 in Kaiserslautern, Germany. From this union, they were blessed with three sons: Martin Paul, Marcus Fredric and David Theodore.

Music embodied their professional and personal lives and both became expert music educators and performers. This led them both to advanced degrees, with Marvin earning a Masters and PhD and Gretchen a Masters, all from Northwestern University. Marvin taught instrumental band and choir at Racine Lutheran and Lakeside Lutheran High Schools in Wisconsin, Concordia College and Naperville Public Schools in Illinois. He also directed the Chicago Area Lutheran Festival Chorus and the Arlington Heights Community Concert Band in Illinois. Gretchen was a piano instructor at Northwestern University and at Evanston High School. She also served many years as church organist and accompanist. They spent the entirety of their lives focused on their Christian faith, their family and their music. Additionally, they had the opportunity to travel extensively.

They were married 64.5 years when Gretchen entered eternal glory on Thursday, December 31st, 2020 immediately followed by Marvin, who joined her on Friday, January 1st, 2021. They are preceded in death by: their parents, their son Marty, Marvin’s sisters Carol Davidson and Dorothy Kraklow, and Gretchen’s brother Robert Korn, and sister Arlene Hoganson. They are survived by: their daughter-in-law Barbara Koch, sons Marcus (Denise) Koch and David (Elizabeth) Koch; 9 grandchildren, Amanda Koch, Jonathan Koch, Marek Koch, Travis Gilbert (Bree), Kayleigh Cordes (Joel), Jeremiah Koch (Mallory), Austin Koch (Nicole), Quinna Killberg (Colin) and Abigayle Koch; 9 great grandchildren, Bronson, Landon, Lorelei, Dane, Evan, Anderson, Brooklyn, Ryan and Grayson; Marvin’s brother James Koch and sisters Jane Krueger and Ellen Kuschel.

A Celebration of Eternal Life will be held Saturday, January 9th, 2021 at St. Paul’s Evengelical Lutheran Church, 2673 W. John Beers Rd. in Stevensville, Michigan with visitation at 10am, service at 11am, and burial to follow.

Memorial donations may be made to: St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stevensville, Michigan or WELS Lutherans for Life in West Allis, Wisconsin. Those wishing to sign the Koch’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Zusammen für immer mit Gott!
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church - Stevensville
    Address
    2673 W. John Beers Rd.
    Stevensville, MI 49127
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 11:00am
    Location
    St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church - Stevensville
    Address
    2673 W. John Beers Rd.
    Stevensville, MI 49127
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Masks & Social Distancing will be required for both the visitation and service.

    Memorial donations may be made to: St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2673 W. John Beers Rd. Stevensville, Michigan 49127 stpaulswels.org or WELS Lutherans for Life, 8501 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis, Wisconsin 53227-2562 alife2.com.
  • Interment

    Location
    Hickory Bluff Cemetery
    Address
    4290 Cleveland Avenue
    Stevensville, MI 49127
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Joe and Sheila Berg

Posted at 04:10pm
We just learned that Gretchen and Marvin are now in glory with the Lord. They were so willing to give of themselves to help others and to share their musical gifts. In the formative years of our church, which is now called New Life Ev. Lutheran, Lake Zurich, IL, Gretchen served us faithfully as pianist for many worship services, even though it meant a lot more driving, early hours, and long Sunday mornings. We remember their zest for life, in spite of loss, and their enthusiasm to learn, particularly their interest in the Civil War. Our congregation plans to order new hymnals and related books this year, so Joe and I decided to dedicate the "Accompaniment for Services" in their memory. "My heart, O God, is steadfast, I will sing and make music with all my soul." Psalm 108:1
AS

Al & Mertie Selbee

Posted at 12:05pm
Thinking of the Koch family! May wonderful memories give comfort.

Al and Mertie Selbee
JS

Jeff Swanson

Posted at 11:00am
Nothing but awesome memories of Mr. and Mrs. Koch. Spending time with them after school at Jerusalem. Their son Marcus and I were best friends. Heartfelt condolences to Marcus and the Koch family.
DG

David & Jenni Grisso

Posted at 08:02am
Now they live together in the Lords house with his kindness and love. God Peace be with you all.
ME

Matt Enoch

Posted at 10:51am
Marvin und Gretchen stellten mich Culver's vor und dafür bin ich auf ewig dankbar!
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