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Mary L. (Murphy) Koch

December 31, 1921 ~ May 20, 2019 (age 97)


Mary L. (Murphy) Koch, age 97, of Wellsboro, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May 20, 2019. She shared 63 years of marriage with the late John E. Koch, prior to his passing in 2007. She was born on December 31,1921, in Sibley County, Minnesota, the daughter of the late John and Louise (Bray) Murphy.

Mary co-founded and help operate Koch Real Estate and Appraisal, of Wellsboro, alongside her husband, John. Her greatest joys in life were her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed baking and sharing her treats with family and friends. She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Wellsboro, where she served as the past president of the St. Peter’s Altar Rosary Society. She enjoyed playing in numerous bridge groups and was an active golfer until the age of 96 at the Tyoga Country Club, of Wellsboro.

Left to cherish her memory are her nine children, John E. Koch, Jr. (Diane), Terri Koch, Kate Choby (Bob), Kevin Koch, Sr. (Marian), Pat Koch (Mary Beth), Scott Koch (Debeth), Jeannie Herres (Peter), Mary Jo Foy (Rick) and Liz Hardman (Richard); 23 grandchildren; 45 great grandchildren; and many dear friends. Her family would like to extend a special Thank You to her family physician, Dr. Guelig, the numerous medical professionals, and her personal care assistant, Carol Scranton, for their outstanding care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mary’s name to the Samaritan House, 3 Morgan Terrace, Wellsboro, PA 16901.

Family and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Mass on Monday, June 3, 2019, 10:00 a.m., at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 38 Central Ave., Wellsboro, PA, with Rev. David Bechtel presiding. Burial will be held in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Wellsboro. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd., Wellsboro. To share your fondest memories of Mary, visit

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Memorial Mass
June 3, 2019

10:00 AM
St. Peter's Catholic Church
38 Central Ave.
Wellsboro, PA 16901


Samaritan House
3 Morgan Terrace, Wellsboro PA 16901

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