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Kathryn H. Koch

December 18, 1939 ~ February 17, 2021 (age 81)


Stanfordville, NY- Kathryn H. Koch, 81, passed away, Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends.  She was born on December 18, 1939 in Millbrook, NY.  The daughter of William and Emma (Ostrander) Hults. On July 16, 1960 at the United Church of Christ in Stanfordville, NY she married the late Robert E. Koch. Together they enjoyed 45 years of marriage until his passing in 2005.  

Kay is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Tim Knapp of Stanfordville; two sons and daughter-in-laws, Robert and Sandy Koch, Gary and Patty Koch of Pine Plains. Was a Nana to seven grandchildren, Vanessa, Nicholas and Isaac Knapp, Zachary, Rebekah, Derek and Miranda Koch, and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by her three sisters, Nettie Sommerville, Marie Brown, Sarah Agnelli, brother-in-laws PJ Agnelli, Paul Rockefeller and Aunt Jeanette Ostrander. Many nieces, nephews and cousins. Kay was predeceased by her sister Betty Rockefeller and brother Bill Hults.   

Kay was a graduate of Pine Plains Central School.  Although her career began as a local business owner and varied over the years, she could most recently be seen delivering prescriptions in the McCarthy’s Pharmacy flowered VW Bug and working at the Stanford Transfer Station (She was affectionately known as the “Dump Police”).   

Kay had tremendous love for her family, friends, church & community.  She was a Sunday School Teacher at the United Church of Christ, served on the leadership committee, thrift store and headed up church dinners. She cherished her family dinners and holiday gatherings.  She could often be found assisting at Fire Company functions and serving on the Ladies Auxiliary / Support Squad.   In 2019 Kay was recognized as Citizen of the Year for the Town of Stanford.     

Kay, Mom, Nana & “Aunt Kay” was a loyal wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many. There is a large hole left in the lives that she has touched.   She is now united with God and the husband she loved.  Heaven is a sweeter place.   

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021 from 4 to 7 at Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main Street, Pine Plains, NY. Funeral services will be celebrated at 11AM Saturday, February 27, 2021 from the United Church of Christ in Stanfordville, NY. The service will be streamed live and may be viewed by clinking the button below. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Due to Covid-19/NYS Guidelines – masks, social distancing and capacity limitations will be adhered to during all services.  During your visit, please be respectful to those who may be waiting to visit by keeping your stay brief.  Your cooperation is appreciated.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kathryn’s name may be made to the United Church of Christ, Stanfordville, NY, or Stanford Fire Company.   


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Calling Hours
February 26, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Peck and Peck Funeral Homes
7749 South Main Street
Pine Plains, NY 12567

Video is available for this event

Funeral Service
February 27, 2021

11:00 AM
United Church of Christ (Stanfordville, NY)

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