Lauretta Koch

Lauretta May Koch

Thursday, July 13th, 1961 - Monday, January 27th, 2020
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Deeply loved daughter, sister, wife, friend, cousin, and aunt Lauretta (Hofmann) Koch left this world while sleeping and flew into the arms of her savior Jesus on Monday, January 27, 2020. 

Lauretta was born on July 13, 1961 in Syracuse to Robert and Barbara (Reap) Hofmann, the eldest of five daughters. She was a graduate of East Syracuse-Minoa High School and Powelson Business Institute and was married to her best friend Jay Robert Koch on September 7, 1984. She enjoyed a very fulfilling career as an administrative specialist in the hospitality industry and as an executive secretary, then administrator, for 25 years at Believers Chapel in Cicero.

Her family paid tribute to her: “The most beautiful soul and kindest heart with a huge heap of crazy fun mixed in, Lauretta was the best aunt Tia with a heart of gold, initiator of shenanigans, friend of the forgotten, serial kidnapper of nieces & nephews, nominee for the "woman of valor" award, party animal, beach bum, lifetime Dallas Cowboys fan, avid golfer, served three pastors full time, always too busy to cook, gift giver in secret, people lover, wept for others, #1 fan of Jay dude, nicknamed everyone, oldest sister, the person you wanted on your team, teller of many embellished and entertaining stories, humble yet bold, and lover of her Savior.”

Her beautiful life will be cherished by all those she left behind—her loving husband, Jay, her parents, Bob and Barb, her sisters and their husbands, Mary and Paul Ward, Therese and Bryan Withey, Julianne and Jon Nappa, Claire and Phil Harshberger, her brother-in-law, Larry Koch, and his wife, Marie, her sister-in-law, Connie Koch, her many nieces and nephews and their new little ones. She was predeceased by her loving mother-in-law and father-in-law, Larry (her Buddy) and Carol Koch. 

A memorial service to celebrate Lauretta’s life that was scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Believers Chapel has been postponed due to current health concerns.

“Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God…”
2 Corinthians 2:15.
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Yvonne Conte

Posted at 07:47am
Lauretta was my go to person at Believers Chapel in preparation for The Day of Joy conferences for many years. She was always a delight to work with. She had a beautiful joy filled smile and always made me laugh. No matter what problems we experienced she found a way around it. I miss her. She became a good friend and this is a great loss. I know her heart was with the Lord and I know I'll see her again. She was loved by all who knew her. Yvonne Conte

Monica Cappa

Posted at 11:04am
To Lauretta's Entire Family,
It brought me great sadness to hear Lauretta's passing. I had not seen her for over 35 years until recently. We went to High School and worked at Burger King together. Lauretta and I reconnected about a year ago. When we saw each other again it was as if no time had passed at all. Her smile and laughter was so easy. Like everyone I will truly miss her.
Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Monica Cappa

Marcia Bellinger

Posted at 10:54pm
I remember Lauretta from High school. We didn't hang out, but I remember her as one of the nicest girls there. I never saw her again after graduation. I wish I did. My condolences to her family and friends. Fly high and free Lauretta, high and free.

Lucy Haag

Posted at 07:39pm
Jay we are so sorry for your lost. Lorretta was such a beautiful person. I will always remember her in her high heels working in the Goldstein kitchen. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Linda Pappa

Posted at 11:31am
Jay and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Will always remember playing pitch with Lauretta as a fill in partner and against her and Jay. she enjoyed spending winter Wednesday nights with Jay...I will miss seeing you at Burgers of Madison County and walking down the hall...Always said hello...Rest in Peace our New Angel.
Linda Pappa
co-worker and friend

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