Anne M. “Mimi” Koch, 91, of Port Henry, NY passed away unexpectedly on December 16, 2022 at UVM Medical Center in Burlington, VT. She was born on August 19, 1931 in Passaic, NJ, the daughter of Aniela (Montaj) and Nicholas Wasek. Anne was the youngest of eight children. She attended Lodi High School in Lodi, NJ where she was a cheerleader and participated in all sports. She was picked Most Athletic and Best Figure by her classmates. After graduating in 1949, Anne went to work as a secretary for the Allen B. Dumont Laboratory in Passaic, NJ. It was there she met her future husband Edward “Buster” Koch. They were married on October 4, 1952 at St. Francis de Sales Church in Lodi, NJ. The couple resided in Somerville, NJ before moving to Whippany in 1960. Anne was very involved in the Whippany Park High School Booster Club. She enjoyed attending football games and wrestling matches. She and her husband also coached Little League. In 1974 they moved to Moriah, NY where they owned and operated a scientific glassware company called Edgemont Laboratory Glass until 2010, when they relocated their home and business to Port Henry, NY. Their son, Bruce, worked along side his parents, and continues to run the company today. Anne and Ed were instrumental in founding the MCS Booster Club. At one point she volunteered her time helping to coach the girl’s basketball team and loved going to their games to cheer them on.
Anne was always very active. Besides working in the “shop”, she loved tending to their huge garden, picking and canning vegetables, working in the yard, ice fishing, and occasionally going to the Akwesasne Casino. Anne loved the ocean and would make trips down to the Jersey Shore with her family as often as she could. She, and her daughters, also enjoyed going to Atlantic City with her sister-in-law Fran. Anne was an avid sports fan. She enjoyed watching Syracuse basketball games, Buffalo Bills football games, and was a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan. As a little girl she had many disagreements with her five older brothers, all of whom were Yankee fans.
Anne was an extraordinary mom and grandmother. She was the ‘rock’ of her family ,who meant everything to her. Her family’s well-being and happiness were always her first priority. Anne was a very giving person, putting everyone before herself, always with a smile and positive outlook. She was very proud of her children and especially proud of her grandson Colter. “Mimi” will be very missed by all of those whose lives she touched.
Beside her husband Ed, Anne was predeceased by her seven siblings Helen, Josephine, Ted, Stanley, Alex, Joseph, and Benjamin. She is survived by her daughter Cheryl Koch, her daughter Kim (Wayne) Koch-Wright, her son Bruce (Connie) Koch, her grandson Colter (Kasey) Koch, great-grandson Silas Koch, granddaughter Misty Trim, and great-granddaughter Abby Trim. She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews. She was particularly close to her niece Patti French, who she called “Sis”. Anne also left behind those she also thought of as her “daughters”: Barbara Minerowicz Rominski, Claire Casserly Marcantonio, and Darlene Flaugher Trout.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Nick Montello, Ticonderoga Health Center, for the excellent care he gave Anne. His compassion, support, and perseverance are warmly appreciated. The family would also like to thank the Moriah Ambulance Squad for the service they’ve provided them over the years. Donations may be made to the MAS in Anne’s name.
At Anne’s request, there will be no services at this time. There will be a graveside service at a later date.