Margaret “Eileen” Koch, 95, of Mitchell died, Friday, January 05, 2018 at Avera Brady Health. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. The burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. The visitation will be held from 5-7:00 PM Monday at the Bittner Funeral Chapel with a prayer service at 6:30 PM.
Margaret “Eileen” Koch was born April 24, 1922 in Yankton, SD to Peter and Mary (Burke) Toal. She lived in Emmetsburg, IA before moving to Mitchell, SD where she lived with her aunt and uncle, John and Josephine Burke. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1940. She had two sisters, Joey (Elrick) and Delores (Ballinger), and grew up with her first cousins Bill and Richard Burke. She worked at Armour Creamery, Rozum Motors, and Delaney Clinic. She married Richard George Koch in 1956 in Mitchell. The couple raised twelve children.
Eileen was a member of PEO, Catholic daughters, the Altar Society, and volunteered as a Eucharistic Minister and many other times as needed.
Eileen loved attending daily mass and especially coffee time visiting with friends. She was an avid walker. We will always miss her loving and gentle ways. Her inner strength and faith is something to be admired. Eileen loved to travel to see her entire family across the USA and abroad in Europe.
She is survived by her children: Joan (Dave) Walsh, Staunton, VA, Dorothy D’Ambrosio, Pawley Island, SC, Carl (Deb) Koch, Mitchell, SD, Lois Bullinga, Des Moines, IA, Jan Koch (Rob Thorson), Iowa City, IA, Mary (Tom) Day, Mitchell, SD, Kathleen Koch (Mike Ettel), Melrose, MN, Ann (Jim) Nonnast, Whitewood, SD, Julie (Bart) Trevillyan, Brandon, SD, John (Katrina) Koch, Stickney, SD, Karen Parrack, Richardson, TX, Paul (Jean) Koch, Mt. Vernon, SD; 30 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Richard in 1983; parents; son-in-law, Robert D’Ambrosio and Edward Modesto; and cousins Bill and Richard Burke.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.