2000 - Close up of Gladys at 50th Anniversary Party
Gladys Emma Koch
  • 86 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 18, 1927
  • Place of birth:
    Melrose Park, Illinois, United States
  • Date of passing: Aug 22, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Yorba Linda, California, United States
Let the memory of Gladys be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Gladys Koch, 86, born on September 18, 1927 and passed away on August 22, 2014. We will remember her forever.

Gladys was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She brought a grace and charm to everything she did and to all she knew. Her light and spirit will be greatly missed, but we will continue to love her always.

A  memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at the Richfield Community Church on September 27 beginning at 1:00PM. We invite family and friends to share their memories and stories of Gladys, both here on this web page and at the service if possible.  The address for the church is:

Richfield Community Church
5320 Richfield Road
Yorba Lind, CA 92886 

September 27, 2014  1:00PM 

The service will be held in the Fellowship Hall, which is the first building up on the left as you enter the parking lot. For any who may have a problem going up steps, you can follow the entry drive all the way around to the back, where people can be dropped off close to the door.   

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the American Cancer Society.   

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Anne Beem on 19th September 2017

"Happy Birthday my Buddy.  Another year has passed and another birthday without you.  Always in my heart my sweet Gladys.  Please hug my mom for me on her birthday as you can celebrate with her as I have the tremendous void in my life with both of you in heaven.  May God embrace his arms around you both....my two guardian angels."

This tribute was added by Louise Koch on 22nd August 2017

"So hard to believe it has been three years since you left us. I miss you so much, but I see your heart and spirit everyday. I hope I make you proud, Momma. I know you're in a better place...still, I miss you."

This tribute was added by Anne Beem on 22nd August 2017

"My Dear Gladys....3 years have passed and it seems just like yesterday we were sharing good times and laughs.  My Mom has now joined you in heaven.  Please give her a hug for me.  I miss you both and love beyond words,"

This tribute was added by Anne Beem on 18th September 2016

"Happy Birthday my Sweet Buddy Gladys.  I cannot believe another year has passed since I wished you a happy birthday in heaven.  I miss you so much each and every day.  I know you are with me each and every moment.  I miss our talks and laughs and now today I miss not being able to share our special day together.  May God continue you to embrace you in his loving arms until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Judy Bolton on 18th September 2016

"Happy Birthday, in Heaven, dear Gladys.  You are missed so very much!"

This tribute was added by Louise Koch on 22nd August 2016

"My dear Mother-in-Law, Gladys, you are in my thoughts every day. I know you are at peace now, without pain. It is hard to believe that two years have passed since the Lord took you in His loving embrace. I miss you dearly and will love you always."

This tribute was added by Anne Beem on 22nd August 2016

"My Darling Buddy Gladys.....I can hardly believe that two years have passed already.  Seems like yesterday that we were laughing together and sharing wonderful times.  I miss you dearly.  We had a special bond that I will treasure.  I love you and miss you so much.  May God continue to wrap his arm around you. Those of us you left behind know, we have a very special angel watching over us.  Love you my Buddy!!"

This tribute was added by Judy Bolton on 22nd August 2016

"Two years have passed and you are so very much missed.  RIP, Gladys."

This tribute was added by Judy Bolton on 19th September 2015

"I miss you, Gladys."

This tribute was added by Louise Koch on 18th September 2015

"Happy Birthday to you, dear Mom. You are missed so very much. I think of you every day...until we meet again..."

This tribute was added by Anne Beem on 18th September 2015

"Happy Birthday my Special Buddy
I miss you so much and especially on our special day we were so blessed to share.  It is just not the same without you but I have all the memories that we created through the years and you are forever in my heart.
May God continue to embrace you in his arms until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Louise Koch on 23rd August 2015

"One year ago today, we lost a beautiful, wise, and wonderful woman; a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, cousin and friend. Heaven gained an angel, indeed. Rest in peace, Gladys Emma Koch, 1927-2014. We love and miss you so very much!! I could not have asked for a better mother-in-law. You still inspire me every day to be the best person that I can be."

This tribute was added by Shirley Koch on 23rd August 2015

"365 days have passed, and I miss you and love you more than you will ever know.  I sooooo miss everything about you, and especially the times we spent together....just laughing. My life has been brighter because of you being sunshine in my life.  Every girl should be so fortunate to have been blessed with such a loving, giving, incredibly special mother-in-law (mom) like YOU (and ditto for you being that same type of grandma, too!)."

This tribute was added by Anne Beem on 22nd August 2015

"My Buddy Gladys....a year has past and you have been so missed.  Things come up I want to share with my Buddy and you are not here.....I want to give you a hug and you are not here.  But what I do have are all those special memories of the laughs and wonderful times we shared.  I have your picture on my desk at work and say hello to you everyday and you are a part of my day.  I know you are my guardian angel and watch over me.  So many times I feel your presence.  You have a special place in my heart.  Miss my Buddy so until we meet again....  I love you"

This tribute was added by Anne Beem on 18th September 2014

"My Buddy Gladys...I waited until our special day to send you a big hug and to let you know I miss you so much.  Words cannot express the loss I feel not only today but since the moment you left us.  Birthday's will never be the same without you to share it with. We shared so many wonderful birthdays together through the years and I will hold those memories close to my heart forever. Bob, Louise and Steven always welcomed me with open arms every time I came to see you. I just felt like part of your family.  I just loved how you lit up with that sweet smile when I would come with French Apple pie. All the laughs and hugs we shared and just holding your sweet gentle hand, I will miss.  Heaven has truly gained an Angel."

This tribute was added by Janette Alino on 17th September 2014

"I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my lovely patient Gladys.  She had been my inspiration of courage, love and resilience. Every time I see her every Monday, she is always with a smile and she never complains.  She is very appreciative .. she made me realize how blessed I am to take care of her medical needs.  
I would like to extend my sincere condolences to her family especially to Bob who was there all the time during her journey.
  Gladys, I will miss you .. Heaven gains another angel..."

This tribute was added by Judy Bolton on 17th September 2014

"What a wonderful honor it was for me to call Gladys my friend.  She was so great to work with, always organized, pleasant, consistent, friendly and very professional.  In thinking about her and her work ethic, Radar O'Reilly from MASH comes to mind.  You know how Radar anticipated every request and as soon as the colonel asked for the document, it was in his hand.  That was our Gladys.  OCDE's Radar O'Reilly.   She was the glue that held our unit together.

The family pictures show that she was every inch the lady, and was very glamorous.  Gladys was very proud of her family, especially her Bob, who took up marathon running at a later age in life.  After a weekend of a marathon, we'd ask her when she came in on Monday....how did Bob do?  Off-handedly, she'd say....oh, he won.  I'm laughing as I type this because with that little comment, you could tell how proud she was of him.

I will miss Gladys so much, but she will live in my heart, as well as everyone else's, forever.  .Our loss is Heaven's gain.  I'm sure she is rejoicing with her family on the other side.  Rest in peace, my friend."

This tribute was added by Robert Koch on 12th September 2014

"This was sent via email:

Dear Robert:

I just heard about the passing of your wife Gladys, and want to express my grief and send condolences to you.  No words can adequately comfort you during this time but hopefully knowing friends are thinking of you and praying for you might help to ease the pain.  Although I did not have the privilege to work with Gladys, please know she was loved and admired by all here at OCDE.  

God Bless,

Al Mijares

OC Superintendent of Schools"

This tribute was added by Louise Koch on 6th September 2014

"I will miss "Mom" more than I can say. She taught me so much. I find myself speaking carefully, choosing my words as she would. Always keeping with the adage: "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all". More than that she shared with me her grace, charm, wit and wisdom. I will remember our hugs and laughs. I will hold these memories dear and close to my heart, always. So many thoughts. No words can express the sadness."

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