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 malonefh.com
Published by Kane Republican on May 18, 2011.