Freda A. Koch

Born: Thu., May 2, 1940
Died: Sat., May 7, 2016


12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Fri., May 13, 2016
Location: Burns Mortuary

Graveside Service

1:00 PM Sat., May 14, 2016
Location: Athena Cemetery

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Freda Ann Koch

May 2, 1940 – May 7, 2016


Freda Ann Koch – a longtime Pendleton resident died Saturday, May 7, 2016, from a long term illness.  She was 76 years old. 

Viewing will be held Friday, May 13, 2016 from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.  

A Graveside Service will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the Athena Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Freda Koch may be made to the Lions Eye Bank in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.  Sign the online condolence book at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

Freda was born in Payette, Idaho, on May 2, 1940, to Jesse & Thelma Baker.  The family later settled in Athena.  Freda attended school in Athena and Hermiston, graduating from Hermiston High School in 1958.  Freda had three brothers and five sisters, all with names beginning with the letter F.  Freda was a longtime Lioness Club member and worked Gate 2 at the Pendleton Round-Up and BBQ for over 35 years until her health no longer allowed her to Let’Er Buck.  She worked at K-Mart for 12 years until retirement.  Freda loved making fleece blankets and decorating for every holiday, she collected over 40 years of Santa Clauses.  She always helped others and loved everyone!

Survivors include Bob Koch, her husband of 56 years; her son Ray Koch & wife Janet of Pendleton, OR; daughter Kalene Gardner & husband Scott of Walla Walla, WA; daughter Chris Dietz & Kelly of Pendleton, OR; daughter Michelle “Shellie” Noonan of Spokane, WA; grandchildren: Allison & CJ Severin of Pendleton, OR; Justin & Brianna Hansen of Beaverton, OR; David Gardner of Walla Walla, WA; Monica Noonan of Kennewick, WA; Casey Dietz & Maggie Dietz of Pendleton, OR; and Samantha & Luke Jobes of Pendleton, OR; her sister Faye Case & husband of Gary of Athena, OR, her brother Farrin Baker & wife Elaine of Bogue Chitto, MS, and brother Forest Baker & wife Diane of Arizona. 

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linda horn
   Posted Tue May 10, 2016
Chris and family,please accept my sympathy in the loss of your mother. She was always a sweet lady. I remember visiting with her at K-mart so many years ago. When I stop and think how many years I have known your mom ,I knew her for years and years. She will certainly be missed by more than you know.

   Posted Tue May 10, 2016
To "uncle BOB" I a writing this to you and the whole family(doug,kayleen,chris,and shelley) my deepest sorrows to all for your loss at this time in your lives. I enjoyed knowing and being part of the family and learning all kinds of things from Freda. She will be truelly lost and always remembered in my heart and many memories of her and you all. Hoping to see you sometime in the near future and remember if you need anything I will try and assist the best I can. Thank you for the opportunity to meet you all again and meet Freda.I will think of her daily.Love to all, Debbie(exon)hearn

Jeanne Pfluke
   Posted Tue May 10, 2016
So saddened to hear about your loss. I have fond memories of her at the ball park and the many family gatherings we had together.

Judy Wickert
   Posted Wed May 11, 2016
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Freda. She will be missed very much. My love to the family.

Judy Wickert
   Posted Wed May 11, 2016
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Freda. She will be missed very much. My love to the family.

cristi wickert
   Posted Wed May 11, 2016
we are so sorry for your guys loss she was a pretty nice lady we thinking about you bob and the family we have you in our prayers
cristi and frank

Beth Purves
   Posted Wed May 11, 2016
Bob I am so sorry to read about Freda, she was a sweet lady. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Beth

Kathy & Dan Jennings
   Posted Fri May 13, 2016
Uncle Bob & Family, we are so sorry for the loss of Auntie Freda. What a beautiful & loving person she was. The Angels are surely rejoicing in Heaven at the arrival of some one so special. I will always remember her beautiful voice. The first time I heard her sing I was in awe! She sang to us as she drove to K- mart to get groceries. Wow!! Angelic! I will truly miss that beautiful smile. God bless & keep you all in Gods care. Love you , Kathy & Dan

Ben and Jean Eckles
   Posted Sat May 14, 2016
Bob, Doug, Kalene, and Chris -
Hi guys. We have been out of town this week, and just learned of Freda's passing on the 14th. Very sorry. She was one of our oldest friends in Pendleton. We had several tasty meals at your table. Always liked to tell a joke and watch her laugh. Until we see you next. B/J

Carol Johnson
   Posted Tue May 17, 2016
To Bob and all in Freda's family,

Freda was a lovely and kind-hearted person. I always enjoyed visiting with her. Please accept my deepest sympathies on your loss.

Cathy Schertenleib
   Posted Tue May 31, 2016
Hi Kalene,
been a long time,I am so sorry for your loss, I remember your Mom (and mine) were always room Mothers and very involved, I have such fond memories, We lost our Mother 6 months ago, I know what you are going through, please hold close the memories and be thankful for them.
Love always

   Posted Sun June 12, 2016
I'm very sorry for your loss I just found out as I'm writing this to all of you.
God Bless I have many memories growing up with all of you.Mom will be missed and we will see her again.


   Posted Sat February 25, 2017
I just heard that Freda passed away. I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady and I always enjoyed my visits with her.

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