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Esther Koch

Passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2013 just 14 days short of her 99th birthday. She was born on May 4, 1914 in Brooklyn, New York, to Dr. Simon Frucht, a heart specialist, and Mary Morrison, homemaker and business woman. Esther obtained a B.A. degree from Brooklyn College. In 1934 she married her husband, a stockbroker, gold miner, adventurer, and rancher. She moved with him and her baby son, Andrew, to their Upper Cow Creek ranch in 1940. Her husband passed away in 1958. In 1963 she returned to school at the University of Oregon where she earned a double Masters Degree in English and Social Science, as well as an MA in Library Science. She accepted the position of librarian and English teacher at the Days Creek-Tiller High School for the 1967-68 school year. She also taught in Paisley, Jordan Valley, and Ely, Nevada. She was a college librarian in Fayette, Iowa. A year later, she moved to New York City for five years where she worked as an analyst for the stock advice journal, “Value Line.” She returned to the ranch near Azalea in 1974. She served as an instructor, at times, at Umpqua Community College’s community education department. She wrote a column for the News Review for ten years beginning March 1, 1981, “Fresh Breeze from the West.” Her interests were numerous. She was a writer, teacher, graphologist, philatelist, philanthropist, collector, musician, palmist, conversationalist, librarian, environmentalist, pacifist and a lover of limericks. She played guitar and stride-style piano, and wrote many lyrics to music. Some of her favorite songs were “You are my Sunshine,” “The Frozen Logger,” and “Out Behind the Barn.” Esther served on the board of the Upper Cow Creek Community Center, where she endowed a local scholarship fund. She was also an official member of MENSA (membership based on intelligence), and in 1997 she was a Pioneer Princess for Pioneer Days in Canyonville. She was a charter member of the Oregon Country Fair. Esther is preceded in death by her husband, George Koch; son, Andrew Hervert Koch. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Marline Koch; grandsons:Marcus Koch of Portland; and Brian Koch of Woodenville, WA; great-grandchildren: Natalie Koch; Andrew Koch; and Brice Koch.

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