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Marcella Koch, 85 - October 12, 2014

Marcella “Marcy” Frances Koch, 85, of Lincoln passed away Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.
As per request, her cremains were inurned with her husband at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell on Friday, Oct. 17.
Koch was born to William and Frances (Benjamin) Whisler on Feb. 5, 1929, at McCook. Her family moved to Eustis when she was in kindergarten.
After her graduation from Eustis High School, she taught at District 102 for a year and then moved to Lincoln and worked at the Elgin Watch Factory.
On Oct. 1, 1950, she was united in marriage to Harold Clarence Koch of Eustis. For 54 years the couple made their home on a family farm two miles southeast of Eustis where they raised their seven children.
After the last of their children left home, Koch became employed with Evan’s Bakery in Cozad, working there for 20 years.
She remained on the farm after her husband’s death on Jan. 11, 2005, until moving to Lincoln in December of 2006 due to health issues.
Koch and her youngest child, Melanie, enjoyed seven years together in Melanie’s home, whose death on July 14, 2014, was devastating to her, but she bravely continued on while enduring her own declining health, family members said.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Harold; daughter, Melanie; her parents, William and Frances; parents-in-law, August and Martha Koch; sisters—Nadine Rieker and Jean Klein; a brother, Thomas Whisler; niece, Leann Schutz.
?Survivors include: her children—Miriam (Kim) Stratton of Gothenburg, Vivian (Dale) Brittenham of Lincoln, Valerie (David) Dore of Lexington, Monte (Chris) Koch and Jeff Koch, all of Eustis, and Allison (Kevin) Workman of Denton; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Schutz; numerous nieces and nephews.
While Koch was experiencing her release from life, her 20-year-old grandson, Dustin Koch, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. She had survived a recurring cancer while her son, Jeff, survived his battle with cancer, but daughter, Melanie, lost her battle in July. Because of these experiences, the family suggests that their mother would request any memorials be used to help her grandson with the difficult fight he has ahead of him.
Memorials may be sent to: Dustin Koch, c/o Vivian Brittenham, 1530 Cheyenne St., Lincoln, NE 68502.