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Julie A. Schmitz Koch

Baileyville, Kansas

03/28/1966 - 05/27/2022

Julie A. Koch, 56, of Baileyville, died on Friday evening, May 27, 2022, at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka, surrounded by her family. Her death was a shock, as she was sick for only a few hours, just admitting to the hospital on Thursday evening.

Julie was born on March 28, 1966, to Julian J. and Virginia Mason Schmitz in Axtell, Kansas. Julie grew up in the St. Bridget area and attended school at St. Michael’s Grade School and graduated from Axtell High School in 1984.

Julie married Gerald “Jerry” Koch on July 26, 1986 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Axtell.  The young couple lived with Jerry’s mother for a few years; and Julie helped her mother-in-law milking cows, she also milked cows for Fishers in the Beattie area.

Julie loved to feel useful and helpful and her jobs throughout her life exhibited that trait; she was employed at Twin Valley Group Home in Beattie, Life Care Center of Seneca and was currently employed by the Nemaha County Training Center, where she enjoyed the help and care she gave to her current clients.  She was also a past employee of Ray’s IGA Deli, where her smiling face was a welcomed sight to many during their noon hour.

When Julie wasn’t working, she was an active cheerleader at her family’s activities. She loved to sew, making quilts for friends and family.  She always went above and beyond with the dishes that she brought to family functions, including Jell-O eggs every Easter. Julie had a deep love for the holidays. She would dress up, decorate her house, and even spread the seasonal joys to her children’s mom. Coming from a large family you could always find her by her infectious laugh that would carry throughout the house.  She enjoyed winning at card games, even against her grandson.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Baileyville.

Julie was preceded in death by her father, Julian on April 30, 2015; her mother-in-law, Dorothy Mae “Dot” Koch on June 17, 2019; her sister-in-law, Rosalie “Rosie” Ann Koch Haverkamp on October 19, 2009; and brothers-in-law, Peter M. Koch on February 13, 2008 and Nicholas F. “Nick” Koch on January 5, 2021.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Jerry; her children, Jeremy Koch of Baileyville, Jody (Caleb) Swanson of Topeka, Adam Koch of Baileyville and Michelle Koch of Seneca; her mother, Virginia Schmitz of Axtell; her siblings, Joyce (Scott) Houle of Cle Elum, Washington, Tom (Tracy) Schmitz of Mulvane, Kansas, Vickie Schmitz of Galva, Kansas, Doug (Beth) Schmitz of Salina, Kansas, David (Valerie) Schmitz of Axtell, Dan (Carrie) Schmitz of Beatie and Andy (Jana) Schmitz of Wamego; and her grandchildren, Gabe and Chloe.

A rosary will be prayed at 7 PM on Tuesday evening, May 31, 2022 at the Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Baileyville. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorial are to be designate at a later date, sent in care of the family.

A rosary will be prayed at 7 PM on Tuesday evening, May 31, 2022, at the Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Baileyville.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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  1. Rose Wilhelm on May 29, 2022 at 10:17 am

    Prayers to all the family.

    • Diane and Larry Hasenkamp on May 29, 2022 at 1:44 pm

      So sad for the passing of Julie, she will always be in our prayers 🙏 and thoughts! Our sincere sympathy goes out to the Schmitz’s and Koch’s families!! She was a great person to work with, she already had a smile on her face! She will be alot!! So sorry for you, Virginia on the loss of your daughter!!!

    • Ken Richard on May 29, 2022 at 2:16 pm

      I’m so sorry for your loss my friends. I didn’t know your sister, but you Dan are my brother, and I feel your pain. Bless your family.

    • Anna Schmitz on June 4, 2022 at 8:33 am

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  2. Linda buessing on May 29, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    So very sad to hear of Julie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers for the Koch and Schmitz families.

    • Pamela(Volle)Barnhill on May 30, 2022 at 8:50 pm

      Prayers to the family. I will always remember the good times Julie and I had at Axtell High School. She was my best friend. May God be with each and everyone of her family as they are going through this.

  3. Sharon Weaver Scott on May 29, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    Virginia, so sad to hear of Julie’s passing. Keep the memories close. This is the saddest act a mother , the funeral, will ever have to do. Prayers to you for strength.

  4. Joan akin on May 29, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    So sorry . She was a amazing lady . She always had a smile on her face . Heaven will enjoy her

  5. Tonda McMurphy-Huff on May 29, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Julie was always a kind, friendly person, with a ready smile. It is sad to hear of her passing. My deepest sympathy to you, Jerry, and to your family for the loss of your wife and mother.

  6. Lori smith on May 29, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Thomas snd Tracy, so very sad to hear about your dear sister Julie. I hope your faith, as well as the many memories you have of your sister will help comfort you, and you strength.
    Thinking of you and your family.
    Lori and Larry Smith

  7. Kathy Thatcher on May 30, 2022 at 10:42 am

    Virginia, so sorry for you and your families loss. Thinking of you all. Prayers, love and hugs.

  8. Barbara Deters on May 30, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    My deepest sympathy for the family! Julie was a special lady! Prayers for your family to be comforted by God’s healing love,

  9. Joan McMurphy Waegelein on May 30, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    So sad to hear of Julie’s passing. Prayers for the Koch family in this time of sorrow.

  10. Duane Fischer on May 31, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    We are very sad for Julie’s family to have to go through her loss. We look back with fondness the time when she helped us milk, she was a great worker and a joy to be around. We will miss her Christmas cards.

  11. David & Karen Brown on June 1, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Our sypmpathies to Julie’s family & friends.

  12. Pat Strathman on June 6, 2022 at 8:43 am

    I remember Julie as an eighth grade student of mine at St. Michael’s School. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I thank God for her life. May He be close to you now for strength and comfort, and may His peace overflow in the days to come.

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