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P.O. Box 406, 165 W. Oak St.
Phone: (989) 539-7810
Nettie  Koch

Nettie Mary Ella Koch (Brown)

Thursday, July 21st, 1927 - Saturday, November 14th, 2020
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Nettie Mary Ella Koch (Brown) 93 passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, November 14, 2020 surrounded by her family. Nettie Mary was born July 21, 1927 on the island of Zamboanga, Philippine Islands the daughter of John F. Brown and Nettie Helen (Weatherhead) Brown. Shortly after her birth, her mother passed away. At the age of 18 months, she traveled by boat- not the Mayflower, despite what her son thought, to the United States. From then on, she resided with her grandparents Fred and Mary Weatherhead in Harrison, Michigan. A few years later, her father John Brown returned to Harrison to help raise her.
At the age of 16, Nettie Mary graduated from Harrison High School, then furthered her education at Central Michigan University, graduating in 1948 with a business degree. Nettie was united in marriage to Mr. Harold Otto Koch on December 5, 1947 in Lansing, Michigan. Together they raised 5 children. In 1979, Nettie Mary and Harold moved to Englewood, Florida, eventually returning to Michigan.
Nettie Mary found great joy entertaining in her home throughout the years, as well as traveling. She has been on multiple cruises as well as traveled all over the country, visiting all of her family. Every family member was so important and dear to her heart. Nettie was a Life Member D.A.V. of Sarasota, Florida, Life Member V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary and Life Member Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 408 and Past Worthy Matron.
Surviving Mrs. Koch are her three daughters; Linda (Al) Adelson, Rebecca (Jim) Gazarek and Kristy Koch, two sons; John (Kelly) Koch and Joseph (Kim) Koch. Nettie Mary is also dearly missed by 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Nettie Mary was so honored to have 5 generations of her legacy, since she was an only child. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. Nettie Mary was preceded in death by her husband Harold, her parents John and Nettie Mary Brown and her grandparents Fred and Mary Weatherhead.

Private family services honoring Nettie Mary will be held in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Harrison. Memorial services open to guest will take place at a future date and time. Memorial gifts in memory of Nettie Mary may be considered to: Veterans Freedom Park of Clare County, 225 West Main Street, Harrison, Michigan 48625 or Order of the Eastern Star #408, 230 Main Street, Harrison, Michigan 48625. To share an online memory or condolence with Nettie Mary’s family, please visit: Arrangements and care of Mrs. Koch are entrusted with Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison (989) 539-7810.

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Visitation and Funeral services for Mrs. Koch will be immediate family only. Family will have a Memorial service and Luncheon for Nettie Mary at a later date. Date and time will be posted on Nettie Mary's web page.


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I was a neighbor of the Kochs on Lake Street from 1953-1963. When I graduated from high school, she and I had a long conversation about life and living. I still recall her recommending that I leave Harrison, get a good college education, live in a place where people embrace progressive ideas, and see as much of the world as possible. I have followed her advice the rest of my life.

Larry & Vonnie Dibble

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So very sorry to hear of Nettie Mary's passing. My thoughts are with the whole family - I know this is a difficult time. You have a LOT of great memories and I trust those will be a source of strength for you now and in the coming days, weeks and months. You'll be in our prayers. Vonnie, Larry & Bronwyn Dibble

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