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  • Obituary: Muriel Lee (Piening) Koch

  • Muriel Lee (Piening) Koch of St. Charles, Mo., 88, died April 19, 2013, at the Ambassador in Nebraska City. Reaching the age of 88 years, 6 months and 28 days. She was born on Sept. 21, 1924, in St. Louis, Mo., and was raised by her grandmother Dolly Laspe.
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  • Muriel Lee (Piening) Koch of St. Charles, Mo., 88, died April 19, 2013, at the Ambassador in Nebraska City. Reaching the age of 88 years, 6 months and 28 days. She was born on Sept. 21, 1924, in St. Louis, Mo., and was raised by her grandmother Dolly Laspe.
    After graduating from high school, she attended two years of secretarial school and went to work for Dr. King, dean of Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, retiring on Sept. 29, 1989.
    On Sept. 11, 1943, Muriel and Alan Jean Koch were married in St. Louis.         
    Muriel was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Charles. She enjoyed praising the Lord and spending time with her family. For the past few months, Muriel lived in Nebraska City to be closer to her son Robert.
    Muriel was preceded in death by her husband on June 15, 2005, and sons Rick on Sept. 16, 2008 and Ronald on Aug. 12, 2012.
    Survivors include her son Robert “Bob” Koch and wife Sue of Nebraska City; daughters-in-law  Nancy Koch of Naples, Fla., and Barb Rickelmann of St. Charles; six grandchildren: Rick Koch, Jr. and wife Lauren of South Lake, Texas, Karen Barr and husband Erin of Nebraska City, Karla Smith and husband Aaron of Nebraska City,  Dan Koch of St. Charles, Katie Koch of Columbia, Mo., and Kristen Koch of Columbia; six great grandchildren: Alyson and Jackson Barr, Andrew, Maggie and Rosie Smith, and Quinn Koch; special “Royals” sisters Ruth Muskopf and Doris Davis; other relatives and friends.
    There will be no local viewing. The family will be holding a family visitation on Monday, April 22, from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Pitman Funeral Home in Wentzville, Mo.
    Graveside funeral service will be held on Monday, April 22, at 11 a.m. at the Eternal Peace Cemetery in Wentzville.
    Pallbearers will be Muriel’s grandchildren Rick Koch, Jr., Erin Barr, Aaron Smith, Dan Koch, Norman Koch, Matt Koch and Darryl Leman.
    Memorials are suggested to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Omaha, c/o Robert Koch, 905 3rd Corso, Nebraska City, NE 68410.
    Messages of condolence may be emailed to: petersonmortuary@hotmail.com or pitmanfuneralhome@hotmailcom
    Services are entrusted to Peterson Mortuary in Nebraska City and Pitman Funeral Home in Wentzville, Mo.

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