1201 Main Street - Pittston (Port Griffith), PA 18640

Barbara M. Koch - Saturday, 9/3/2022

Barbara M. Koch, 80, of Taylor, formerly of Alden Mtn. Road, Alden and Nanticoke, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at her home. She was the widow of Robert Koch, who passed away in 2005.

Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Rose Strunk Burg.

She was a graduate of Northeast High School, Philadelphia, Class of 1959. Prior to retirement, she was employed by First Eastern Bank, Wilkes-Barre.

Barbara was a woman of strong Lutheran faith. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre, until its closure. And was a member of various Lutheran churches in the Nanticoke area.

Barbara was a beloved mother, grandmother and aunt, who was cherished by family and friends. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her. She was a proud volunteer of Foster Grandparents, Nanticoke. Barbara loved to vacation in Cape May, NJ and her trips to Mt. Airy Resort, PA. She also enjoyed playing bingo and corn hole games with her friends at Oak Hill Senior Apartments, Taylor.

She is survived by her son, David Koch and wife, Lynn, Clarks Summit; daughters, Diane Sachaczenski and husband, John, Falls; Karen Karsko and husband, Anthony, Pittston; grandchildren, Bryan and Laura Sachaczenski, Tony and Angelia Karsko; several nieces and nephews.

Barbara was preceded in death by her brother, William Burg and sister, Carolyn Van Zandt.

A Funeral service will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, September 3, 2022, at Baloga Funeral Home, Inc. 1201 Main Street, Pittston (Port Griffith), with Nate Sauers, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Twp..

Relatives and friends may pay their respects Saturday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

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From: Lorraine Bittner Givnish

Location: Philadelphia, PA    Date: 2022-12-15

I just learned that Barbara died. My condolences to the family. Barbara was my second cousin; her grandmother was my father's sister. We played together as children in Philadelphia. More recently we met yearly for lunch. She was a very beautiful and caring person.

From: Jo Koch

Location: Bristol, VT    Date: 2022-09-03

David, Diane, and Karen, You are in my heart. I read the lovely tribute to your mom. And what a beautiful photo. Thank you. I have fond memories of her, and of your dad too. We are cousins who don't see each other any more, but my memory of your mom makes me smile. Again, such a beautiful photo and sharing of her experiences in life. Thank you, and I wish you all comfort as you grieve your loss. RIP Aunt Barbara. Love, your cousin, Jo

From: Joe Wallace

Location: Trucksville, PA    Date: 2022-09-02

My second mom. I can't believe she has passed. You take your life and your loved ones lives for granted sometimes. The entire Koch family was a second family to me and always will be. Barb and I had a special bond that will always be with me. We laughed and cried and she always made me feel welcome. I regret not being able to make the service but she and I will meet again I'm sure. Gonna miss ya mom. I still have the toothbrush. Love you all and I wish you all the best in this solumn time. Love you guys.

From: Colleen shiloski

Location: West Pittston , PA    Date: 2022-09-01

My sweet friend Diane, I'm so very sorry for your loss, may you find some peace in the wonderful memories thru the love of your family and friends, peace be with you all!

From: Donna Askew

Location: Plymouth, PA    Date: 2022-09-01

I am so very sorry for your loss! Barb was such a beautiful caring and loving person! Barb was a wonderful friend. We were friends for about 35 years. I don't know where that time went....we use to talk almost every day. She was very loving, caring and kind person who was always thinking about her family and friends. Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy! She loved them so much and everytime she talked about them she would light up. She loved them so much! She would do what ever she could for you! She would always love sending cards even if it was just thinking of you or to cheer you up!She was so very caring and there is no one out there like Barb. Life will never be the same without her in our lives. My heart is so broken and was so very blessed to have her in my life all these years. She is now our special angel looking over us! RIP

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