“Father Joe” Koch died Thursday, April 12, 2012 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center at age 84.
Koch, of Elizabeth Township, was born in McKeesport on May 7, 1927, the son of the late James and Gladys Koch. A graduate of Trinity Episcopal Seminary, he was ordained as a deacon at St. Stephen’s in 1987 and as a priest in 2006. He was serving as priest of Transfiguration Church in Clairton at the time of his death.
A veteran of World War II, where he served in the Merchant Marines, “Father Joe” retired from General Motors’ Pittsburgh Plant (Fisher Body) after 45 years’ service.
A member of F&AM Aliquippa Lodge and American Legion Post 0331 in Trafford, “Father Joe” is survived by his wife, the former Lillian Mae Dutko; sons, Joseph J. Koch, of Columbia Station, Ohio; Lawrence K. Koch, of Monaca, Beaver County; and Robert B. Koch, of West Newton; a daughter, Christine Fox of St. Joseph, Mich.; a brother, James B. Koch, of Mentor, Ohio; grandchildren, a great-grandson, and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, George Koch.
Father Joe’s funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Stephen’s with the Most Rev. Robert Duncan officiating, assisted by the Rev. Karl Petterson. Internment to follow at the columbarium of St. Stephen’s. There is no public visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Transfiguration Anglican Church, 447 Halcomb Ave., Clairton, PA 15025. Arrangements are in charge of Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Boston, Elizabeth Township.