Charlotte M. Koch, 89, of Remsen, died Monday, April 25, 2005, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen.
Charlotte M. Koch was born June 4, 1915, at rural Remsen, the daughter of Ernest and Anna (Klaschen) Koch. Charlotte was raised in the Remsen area and received her education in both the rural school system and Remsen Public School from which she graduated in 1933. She then attended Western Union College (Westmar College) in Le Mars, for one year after which she served several years in the Womens Army Corps. She returned to Remsen where she cared for her grandparents, after which she moved to Sioux City where she did domestic work for many years. In the early 1970s, she moved back to Remsen where she cared for her parents in their later years. She had been a resident of the Happy Siesta since April 4, 2005.
She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church where she was bapitized. She was later confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Remsen due to the absence of a pastor at St. Paul Church. She was very active in the Martha Circle at St. Paul's and enjoyed quilting for the circle and attending to the altar linens. She enjoyed gardening, fishing and handiwork.
She will be remembered for her large Christmas family dinners held at her home for several decades. Charlotte was always attentive to current news and kept close contact with her nieces and nephews.
Survivors include one sister, Minnie Schmitt and one brother, Melvin and his wife, Jeanette Koch all of Remsen; four nephews, Randy and his wife, Marilyn Schmitt of Fonda, Eugene and his wife, Diane Koch of Fort Dodge, David Koch of Omaha, Neb., and James and his wife, Stephanie Koch of Wichita, Kan.; three nieces and their husbands, Paula and Marvin Roder, Joanne and David John, all of Sioux City, and Mary and Tom Klein of Waukee; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Alfred A. Schmitt.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Remsen with the Rev. Craig Miller officiating. Burial will be in Remsen City Cemetery. Friends may call anytime after 3 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the church. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will resume Wednesday from 9 a.m. until service time at the church. The Fisch Funeral Home of Remsen is in charge of arrangements.
Casketbearers will be Randy Schmitt, Dave, Gene and Jim Koch, Marvin Roder and Tom Klein.