Friday, July 6, 2012

Myrtle W. (Peterson) Koch 1904-1985

Myrtle W. Koch was born a daughter of the late Edward and Anna Peterson on June 4, 1904 in Swedeborg, Missouri.  She died on December 6, 1985 in St. Louis, Missouri in an automobile accident.  She had reached the age of 81 years and six months.

Her early years were spent in Swedeborg where she attended elementary school.  In 1920 she moved to St. Louis seeking employment and there she spent the rest of her life.

In July, 1928 she was united in marriage with George F. Koch who preceded her in death in April 1967.  They were engaged in a wholesale candy business which Myrtle continued after his death, until the business was dissolved.

Funeral services were held in the Colonial Mortuary in St. Louis conducted by her pastor Rev. Darrell Ellsworth of Jewel Baptist Church on December 11, 1985.

Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

She was a faithful member of Jewel Baptist Church until her death.

Her survivors are four sisters: Ruth Carr, St. Louis; Alice Greve and Anna Mae Manes, Mackinaw, Illinois; and Gusta Crouch, Wright City, Missouri; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.  She was preceded in death by one sister and six brothers.

Her nephews served as escorts: Glenn Peterson, Rick McGuire, Bruce McGuire, Kevin McGuire, Bob Offerman and James Offerman.

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