1935 ~ KOCH ~ 2012

Posted: September 24th, 2012


Mrs. Magdalena “Lena” Koch, beloved wife of Mr. Cecil Koch of Medicine Hat, passed away after a brief battle with cancer on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at the age of 77 years. Lena also leaves to cherish her memory six children, Randy (Cindy) Koch, Danny (Heather) Koch, Terry (Adele) Koch, Barry (Michael-Ann) Koch, Darren (Michelle) Koch, Elaine (Brad) Osadczuk; seventeen grandchildren, Jillian (Tyler) Bach, Lauren Koch, Erica Koch, Adam Koch (Alycia Duff), Jennifer (Kris) Attfield, Sarah Koch (Garrett Bowman), Leigh Ann (Carson) Pancoast, Katherine Koch, Emily Koch, Rivers Osadczuk, Josie Osadczuk, Romey Osadczuk, Cabe Croissant, Jessica Croissant, Rachel Croissant, Hayden Bell and Sydney Bell; one great grandson, Dane Bach; one brother, Vincent Leismeister; one sister, Betty Ziebart; two sisters-in-law, Rachel Leismeister and Katie Leismeister. Lena was predeceased by her parents, Sebastain and Magdalena Leismeister; two grandchildren, Benjamin Koch and Amanda Osadczuk, both in infancy; three brothers, Walter Leismeister, Jack (Lily) Leismeister and George Leismeister; one sister, Eva (Martin) Plaksey. Lena was born on August 26th, 1935 at Linacre Saskatchewan; she was the youngest daughter of Sebastain and Magdalena (Kurtz) Leismeister. At the age of 14 Lena moved with her parents to Medicine Hat and attended St. Mary’s School and later worked at Medalta Potteries. Lena met Cecil in 1955 and they were married in August 1957 at St. Edmund’s Parish. After getting married they settled in Medicine Hat where Lena was a stay at home mother. She enjoyed her association with T.O.P.S. and was also a member of the C.W.L. Lena’s life revolved around her children and grandchildren and she will be dearly missed by those who know and loved her. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL on Sunday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., and at HOLY FAMILY PARISH on Monday from 10:30 – 11:25 a.m. Vigil Rites (prayers) will be said at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated in HOLY FAMILY PARISH, 1451 Strachan Road SE, on Monday, September 24th, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. with Father Matthew Emmelkamp, celebrant. Interment will follow in the Roman Catholic Section at Hillside Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Lena’s memory may be made to the Charity of One’s Choice. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or www.gonebutnotforgotten.ca or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Lena Koch. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, “The Chapel in the Park”, locally owned and directed. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone (403)528-2599

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  1. Larry Roberts says:

    My sincere sympathies to you and all your family during this time of loss.We know that her passing will be a difficult time in your lives and pray that your memories will bring you comfort in the days ahead

  2. Tom McCormick says:

    I just heard about the passing of Lena. My thoughts and prayers are with you Barry and Michael-Ann, and all of your family… children and grandchildren. Lena was a wonderful person and had a wonderful life. I too am grieving the loss of my Mom in August after a brief battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Maybe they are playing cards together in heaven. Bless you all.