Catherine Elizabeth (Kraus) Kocher (82) of rural Newton

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Published on January 28 2013 9:34 am

Catherine Elizabeth (Kraus) Kocher, 82, of rural Newton died at 3:36am Sunday, January 27, 2013 at her daughter's home in Springfield.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 10am at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Ste. Marie.  Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery in Ste. Marie.  Visitation will be from 5-7pm Friday at the church.  Memorials to the Jasper County Cancer Fund or Ste. Marie American Legion Post #932.  Arrangements by Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton.

Catherine was born on December 6, 1930 the daughter of Charles A. and Mary L. (Mattingly) Kraus in rural Jasper County, Illinois. On October 8, 1955 she married Sylvan Martin Kocher son of Daniel A. and Ella M. (Kessler) Kocher at St. Valentine’s Catholic Church in the Bend, Jasper County, IL her home parish, by resident pastor Rev. Walter Deppisch. Catherine was a faithful member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church participating in the Worship Committee and as a Eucharistic Minister for many years. She embraced the role as a farmer’s wife and enjoyed gardening and the outdoors. She was a member of the Jasper County Farm Bureau women’s committee. Catherine was passionate about her country and showed her patriotic side by being involved with the Ste. Marie Post # 932 American Legion Auxiliary- past
President. She enjoyed spending time with her family and listening to music.

Catherine is survived by: 3 Children - Charles S. Kocher of Springfield, IL, Rose M. (husband John) LoGrasso of Springfield, IL and James C. Kocher of Rural Newton, IL...5 Grandchildren - Daniel, Anthony, Catherine, Dominic and Teresa LoGrasso of Springfield, IL.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents and husband.