Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

February 4, 2013

Martha Kocher

Effingham Daily News

NEWTON — Martha E. Kocher, 92, of Newton, passed away at 7:40 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Newton Rest Haven, Newton.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Ste. Marie, with Father Al Kemme celebrating Mass. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ste. Marie. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. In loving memory of Martha, memorials may be made to St. Mary's Altar Society or Ste. Marie American Legion Post 932 Ladies Auxiliary. Arrangements are under the care of Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home, Newton. Online condolences may be left at www.blakefh.com.

Martha was born Aug. 22, 1920, the daughter of Edward and Elva (Smith) Drewes in Clay County. On Feb. 4, 1947, she married Theodore A. Kocher at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Olney.

Martha enjoyed being a farmer's wife and a mother to her three children. She worked for several years as a library clerk at East Junior High School in Ste. Marie.

Martha was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and was a member of St. Mary's altar society. She was a charter member of the Ste. Marie American Legion 932 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her family as well as sewing and reading.

Martha is survived by her husband of 65 years, Theodore Kocher of Newton; son, Ed (Lora) Kocher of Newton; daughter, Cathy (Rocky) Schultz of Red Oak, Texas; son-in-law, Chuck Paul of New Lenox; grandchildren, Scott (Lindi) Kocher of Conway Springs, Kan., Matt (Kerryann) Kocher of Fishers, Ind., Jonathan Paul of New Lenox, Christina Paul of Methuen, Mass., Andrea (Justin) Friesenhahn of Austin, Texas, and Jeffrey Schultz of Ennis, Texas; great-grandchildren, Owen and Emily Kocher; sister,  Mary Wright of Olney; and sister-in-law, Wanda Drewes of Olney.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Sheryl Paul; and a brother, George Drewes.