Viola M. Koch of Murphysboro, Illinois, formerly of Sullivan, Missouri, was born in Japan, Missouri on December 1, 1920 to Henry and Minnie (Mueller) Mueller and passed away, Monday May 25, 2020 at the age of 99 years.
She made her home in the rural Sullivan, Missouri area until 1991, when she moved to Murphysboro, Illinois to be closer to her daughter.
Viola married Fredie Koch on May 23, 1942.
Viola was a devoted mother and homemaker. She worked a short time at the Paramount Cap Factory in Bourbon, Missouri. She spent many years babysitting school teachers children, so she could have summer time free to do gardening and grow beautiful flowers. Grandma was well known by her grandchildren for always having homemade cookies to eat when visiting and maybe get to take a few home for eating later. She made many quilts, stuffed animals, especially sock monkeys, and other craft items for family members. Many family and friends shared a home cooked meal at her house with her delicious pies or cakes.
Viola had been a member of the Extension and Unique Clubs of the Spring Bluff Area. She was a member of the quilters group at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church of Sullivan, Missouri and at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Murphysboro, Illinois.
Viola was not “wealthy” by Webster’s definition of “a great quantity or store of money, property, or other riches.” However, she was someone who didn’t need material things in this world to be happy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Minnie Mueller; her husband, Fredie Koch in 1977; three brothers, Herbert, Oscar and Tony; and one sister, Alma Voss.
She is survived by her two daughters, Judy (Ken) Tyree of Silsbee, Texas and Dorothy (Ron) Manwaring of Murphysboro, Illinois; six grandchildren, Paul (Melody) Tyree of Jefferson City, Missouri, Patty (Jay) Mathews of Vidor, Texas, Debbie (Willie) Netherly of Houston, Texas, Brian (Veronica) Manwaring of Murphysboro, Illinois, Angela (Ronnie) Stanton of Murphysboro, Illinois and Kenetha (Tommy) Malone of Fred, Texas; 21 great grandchildren; 11 great great grandchildren; one sister, Ida Gedville of St. Louis, Missouri; other relatives and freinds.
Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 2002 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri with Reverend Josemon Hoem presiding.
Interment followed in the I.O.O.F. Memorial Cemetery in Sullivan, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Sullivan, Missouri.
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