Audrey Joy Koch
Malone Funeral Home
324 East State Street
Geneva, IL
Audrey Joy Koch, nee Micholson age 91 passed away peacefully on May 9, 2011 at Provena Geneva Care Center. She was born November 5, 1919, the only child of Roger and Gertrude Micholson. As a young girl, she lived with her parents above Heyn's Bakery in downtown Geneva, which was owned by her grandmother. At age 3, a picture of her holding a loaf of bread was featured on the side of the Heyn's bakery truck. When Audrey was four or five, her parents built a brick home on Anderson Blvd. in Geneva where she lived until she was married. She attended Geneva High School, winning awards for her saxophone playing, graduating with honors in 1937. She majored in chemistry at Cornell College, in Iowa, graduating in 1941. On August 9, 1942 she married her college sweetheart, Donald Edward Koch in Peoria, IL. The couple settled in St. Charles when Don got out of the Coast Guard. After giving birth to a daughter and two sons, she finally decided to get her driver's license. She was a member of The Young Mother's and the Opti-missus Clubs (Don was a member of the Optimist). Audrey enjoyed raising her family, caring for a succession of pets, including a pet skunk, and growing orchid plants. She made a lot of clothes for the family, giving them each her own special touch. They attended the Methodist Church, first in St. Charles, then in Geneva. They owned a sailboat and liked to take the children sailing on week-ends. Audrey enjoyed taking vacations with her family and parents at lakes in Wisconsin. She took great interest in Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, collecting items and books about them. Native American artifacts attracted her as well and she had a large collection of them. She spent several summers digging at archeological digs with her sons. Audrey liked reading extensively, and working and creating crossword puzzles, many of which were published in the New York Times. She was a substitute teacher in the St. Charles school system, where she was well liked by all her students. She was known by her children's friends as one of the "coolest" moms in town. With her wisdom and quick wit she was a fun person to be around and loved by everyone. She was a special lady and will be sorely missed. Her loving family include: daughter, Terry Wheeling of Minot, N.D. and sons, Bill (Minnie) Koch and Roger (Janet) Koch both of St. Charles; Five grandchildren include Lori (Doug) Tanner of Columbus, Ohio, Melanie Axdahl and Michelle (Matt) Grubbs, both of Minot, N.D., Bill (Karen) Koch of Elgin and Nicole (Matt) Gee of North Aurora and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roger and Gertrude Micholson and her husband Don. Audrey loved to knit, on any given evening she could be found knitting in front of the TV. She was an accomplished knitter, and helped many a panicked novice finish sweaters or helped them bring a project to completion. She also worked and sold many pieces in a local knit shop. Memorial service will be held Saturday May 21, 2011 at 11:00 am at the Malone Funeral Home 324 E. State St. (Rt. 38) Geneva. Memorials to Anderson Animal Shelter 1000 S. LaFox Rd. South Elgin, IL. 60177 would be appreciated. Information 630-232-8233 or visit

Published by Kane Republican on May 18, 2011.
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Audrey was my mother-in-law and she was the best. She was not the wicked mother-in-law they portray in movies. She was always very kind and never gave unsolicitated advice on how to do something. She stayed out of our business. She was generous as she could be on their limited income and always remembered everyone on their birthday. She enjoyed Christmas and dressed up for Christmas dinner. I admit she wore some quarky Chistmas outfits but that was the fun of it. She loved her chocolate and really enjoyed getting gifts. Every gift she got she would carry on how great it was and always showed her appreciation. I can hear her now -- oh you shouldn't have spent so much. She was so good about remembering birthdays and not only family but friends also and she had many. I loved to see her silly little grin when she got a chocolate gift whether it was a candy bar or a chocolate shake -- she would roll her eyes and eat it with gusto. We will miss this lady. She was a good person.
May 18, 2011
I was Audrey's Oldest grandchild, the fourth generation "Joy". I remember peddling my bike from Geneva to St. Charles to go visit her. She would tell me stories from her latest reads on Native American Indians, or Egypt. She and My Grandfather financed my Cello lessons in 5th grade. At the age of 16, I needed a place to live where she and Grandpa took me in. Audrey opened the doors to my Social life by taking me to my first high school football game. She encouraged me to go to dances, sock hops and even have boys over. She sat with me at night until i could get my alegbra right, and anything else that I needed help with. For the first time in my life I had A's and B's that filled my report card. I remember us gathering up our favorite junk food, and laying out in the back yard at 2 am on lounge chairs waiting on a pending meteor shower. When I turned 19, I was ready for my first apartment. Grandma and Grandpa didnt have a lot of money, but little did I know about the care package she started for me in her bedroom closet. Every week she would go to grocery and add a couple of things to it. Salt, pepper, toilet paper..those things that you don't think about with your first place. When she gave it to me, i remember crying with joy..that just meant the world to me! She always had that fun side to her where she was always dancing and pacing in the kitchen. My friends always enjoyed visiting with her, and also tried to get her to go out with us a couple of times! I appreciate you Grandma, more then you will ever know. You took such great care of me, and wanted nothing in return but my happiness.
Lori Tanner
May 17, 2011
Audrey was my granmother. I'll always remember her smiling and chuckling. She loved to knit and knitted me countless sweaters and several wonderful blankets. When I was young she always made sure to have orange pop in the house whenever I visited. When I got older I liked to take over a jig saw puzzle to work w/ her. She loved doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles. She was a very thoughtful, caring and wonderful lady who will be greatly missed.
Nicole Gee
May 17, 2011
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