Margaret “Eileen” Koch


April 24, 1922 - January 5, 2018


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. 


Monday, January 8, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Prayer Service begins at 6:30 PM

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301


Tuesday, January 9, 2018
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Lisa Lucibella-Pibal on February 5, 2018
My deepest sympathies to Julie, Mary, Tom and the entire Koch family. I remember your mom well. She was a lovely lady.
Posted by Ernie & Deb Hohn on January 9, 2018
Our deepest sympathies, to the Koch family.
Posted by Jan Amderson on January 9, 2018
Yo have my deepest sympathy!
Posted by Theresa (Walsh) Fink on January 8, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Eileen was a kind woman and made me feel welcome when I first started teaching at Holy Family.
Posted by Lynn and Ronda Barta on January 8, 2018
Sympathies go to all of you. Your mother and grandmother was such a wonderful person. It was a pleasure knowing her. She will be missed.
Posted by Kay & Gary Shafer on January 8, 2018
We send our Sympathy to the Eileen Koch family. May all the good Memories of life with Eileen bring you Comfort & Peace all the days.

She was a faithfilled person, may she enjoy the Happiness of Heaven, he so richly deserves.

The loss of a mother can never be replaced, but the love of a mother can never be lost.

We are sorry we can attend the services & give special hugs, we are SD snowbirds at this time. It would have been especially nice to say hello to Joan, Dorothy, & Carl.

Prayers coming your way.
Posted by Mary and Richard Goudy on January 7, 2018
So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Shirley Wuertzer on January 7, 2018
So sorry for your loss.
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