Betty L. Koch, 89

052516_KochBetty L. Koch, 89, of Locust Terrace , Ellwood City passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Heritage Valley – Beaver Hospital.

Born November 23, 1926 in Newport, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Geraldine Cook Boots. She was married to Wallace R. Carroll who passed away January 9, 1978. She then married Wallace L. Koch who survives. They have been married for 25 years..

Betty worked with Dr. Allen Struble for 30 years as his Assistant Podiatrist. She also worked as a May Kay Consultant for 21 years. She currently was a member of Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Ellwood City. She was a former member of the First Assembly of God Church on Pulaski Rd., where she taught Bible School .She also taught Sunday School and was the Youth Leader at the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church. In her spare time, Betty enjoyed golfing.

In addition to her husband, Wallace, survivors include four daughters, Jackie A. (Dick) Streckeisen of Ellwood City, Bonnie L. (Aaron) Stabryla of Ellwood City, Dawn (John) Contrucci of Erie, Cynthia R. (Dwayne) Martin of Winchester, VA; stepson, Harry (Debra) Koch of Pulaski; two step daughters, Cynthia Taylor of Niles, Ohio, Linda Layton of Florida; sister, Eileen Shearer of Wampum; two brothers, Donald Boots of Texas, Clarence Boots of New Castle; eight grandchildren, Donald Streckeisen, Jason (Angela) Streckeisen, Tara(Ron) Spiker, Carroll Bonfield,Rachel (Kevin) Carlson, Jennifer (Dwayne) Maynard, Emily (Aaron) Tinsman, Jeff (Bre) Martin; four step grandchildren, Scott and Mark Taylor, Jessie Houtz, Ashley Crawford; eleven great grandchildren; eight step great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Wallace R. Carroll, and a grandson, Nate Layton.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday May 27 from 2-4 and 6-9 at the Marshall Funeral Home. 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Friends will also be received on Saturday at the First Assembly of God Church on Pulaski Rd. New Castle from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11 am with Pastor Chad Stoecker and Pastor Travis Richendrfer officiating.

Interment will follow in the Wurtemburg Cemetery

Memorial Contributions may be made to Lighthouse Assembly of God, 527 North St. Ellwood City, PA 16117.

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18 thoughts on “Betty L. Koch, 89

  1. I have fond memories of working with Betty at Dayspring. She was one of the finest, Godly women I ever knew.

  2. This beautiful lady has always had my heart. I have known and loved her all my life. I have truly been blessed to have known her. I can see her smiling cause she is in Jesus’s arms. I will miss you Betty.

  3. Bonnie, We are so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. She always swept in with a big smile, and was a breath of fresh air and a ray of light. A sweeter lady I’ve never met. She’s received her wings and is kibbutzing with all of her friends and loved ones…

  4. Mrs. Koch lived next door to us since my sister, brother, and I were born. She watched us grow up and play in her yard- either riding bikes or catching lightning bugs! (Their yard always had more lightning bugs than ours did!) Running through the neighborhood, she always looked out for us! She would bring over food and treats if anyone in the house was sick or hurt. I may not have appreciated it then, but now as an adult, I know what a blessing it was to have such a wonderful neighbor. She was always more than a neighbor to us and I will miss her very much- my whole family will miss her!!

  5. Oh Betty! You will always be my “Spiritual Mother.” I loved talking with you and enjoyed our conversations. I loved your Spirit, your Laughter, your Funny Stories….. I loved that you kept sharing stories about My Mother Evelyn Brouwere and you when you both lived in Ellwood City and also in Washington DC during WW2. I loved your stories of the antics that you and Mom pulled off, not only during your school years and when you were in Washington DC, but also later in life when you two went to Hawaii together. . I so enjoyed the times that you came out to CA and visited with Mom and the family. You were also “up” and so positive and shared your faith with me. I will always love you and plan to see you in Heaven someday! You always promised me that when your time came, you would find Mom, run up to her, hug her, and while squealing and laughing and giggling like little girls, would run together around Heaven together! I will be looking for both of you when my time comes….. From Your Spiritual Daughter: Rama Treat-Morris

  6. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
    Betty had her wings on Earth, if you knew her, there was Nothing she wouldn’t do for her Brother’s and Sister’s of Christ. Soar Betty, you Preach to em All, kiss a couple special people for us! I Love you Betty, I’ll talk to you tomorrow!!

  7. Betty…you will always be a part of our hearts…thank you for being a part of our triplets lives and all the help and sweet words you always had to give us. I will never forget you and I know you’re in heaven looking beautiful as ever. Love and our sympathy to the family…The Gierlach’s

  8. Dawn I was very sad to read online that your Mother passed away. I recognize her beautiful face as soon as I brought up the obituaries.
    Please accept my deepest sympathy. It’s very hard to lose your MOM❤️

  9. “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” Psalm 100

    Betty always claimed she didn’t have a beautiful singing voice; but when she got to heaven, she would have a perfect voice to sing to her Lord! Oh, the singing and rejoicing she is experiencing now!!!

    One sweet lady has unselfishly touched so many lives with her love, laughter, and “Praise the Lord.” Thank you to her precious family who has so generously shared Betty all these years! Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out on your behalf.

    There is a little less joy for us now, but how much sweeter heaven has become with her presence!

    • Dear Cindy that was so sweet of you to send a message . This was such a shock. Its been a week already but it seems a life time since I talked to her, thanks again

  10. Oh Mom what a beautiful presence and present you made in my life and the life of our family!!! You touched each and everyone of us from the oldest to the youngest and I am so very blessed that God choose you and dad to be our parents and spiritual parents as well!!!

    I know you are so happy now beyond belief and you are with your loved ones who are celebrating with you and please give dad a kiss for me!!!

    I loved our time together when you helped me dog sit for Cheryl and Chris as I know Annie and Henry are going to miss you! Chris and Cheryl loved you very much!!!

    I also loved our nightly phone calls where I prayed with you and then I would call in the morning and had you pray and they were beautiful just as you were inside and out!!!

    As BONNIE said as you took your last breath I will see you in 5 minutes mom!!!

    I know you are beyond happy in your mansion that God has for you and I know He is saying well done good and faithful serpent!!!

    Love YOU forever and ever!!!

  11. Mom, I miss you so much. Want to call you all the time! Knowing where you are gives such peace and joy…Can’t wait to join you and dad and all the others we love. Love you mama, Jackie

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