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Rita Ann Koch, 100, of Fremont died Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Elmwood Care Center. was born July 9, 1916 in Fremont, Ohio to Margaret Tracy and Filbert Rimelspach.

She was a 1934 graduate of Fremont Ross High School where she participated in girls'

basketball and swam. Rita majored in English at Mary Manse College in Toledo Ohio.

After 2 years, during the depression, Rita quit college to become a medical assistant in

the office of Carl Wolf, MD of Fremont. Rita married Norbert U. Koch on Feb. 2, 1943

at St. Ann's Church.

Rita and Norbert were married 57 years. They had 5 children. Rita is survived by her

children: Marianne Koch Stillner, Robert, Charles, Margaret Koch Decker and Kathleen

Koch and brother William Rimelspach. She has 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings: Mary, Norbert, Robert, Gertrude and Ruth.

For many years Rita volunteered at Memorial Hospital and the Hayes Presidential

Center. She was an original member of the Sun and Shade Garden Club.

Rita held memberships in both St. Ann's and St. Joseph Catholic Churches. She belonged

to the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, the St. Joseph's Booster Club, and the

church choir.
Since high school Rita had been an avid bridge player, belonging to various groups

around town. She was a nine hole golfer, often winning tournaments, and a member of

the Fremont Country Club from 1949 to 2008. From 1987 to 2008, Rita was a board

member of the Elder College at Terra Community College, where she routinely took

classes in writing and attended the college noon time exercise classes.

Visitation will take place from 5-8P.M. on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Keller-Koch-Chudzinski Funeral Home, 416 S. Arch Street, Fremont, Ohio, where Vigil Services will begin at 7:30P.m. A Mass of Resurrection will begin at Noon on Friday at St. Ann Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Elder College Foundation at Terra Community College or St. Joseph Catholic Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.kkchud.comArrangements under the direction of Keller-Koch-Chudzinski Funeral Home, Fremont, OH.