Roberta Jeanne Koch, 87 made her transition on March 26, 2019 in Port Angeles surrounded by her family. Born in Germantown, PA in Aug, 1931 to Gerda H. Foster and Robert E. Stowe, she married her soul mate, Leon M. Koch, Jr. in 1951 in California. She is survived by her 3 adult children, Diane, Crystal (Susan) and Glen and their spouses as well as 3 grandchildren, Aaron, Michael and Andrew and 2 great granddaughters, the littlest jewels of her life, Ima and Ayumi.
After marriage the family moved to the Santa Monica area then on to June Lake CA in 1963. When her husband decided to pursue advanced education, they relocated to Eureka CA then to Tucson Az and settled in Eugene Or. After retirement they followed their adult children to WA finally settling in Kala Point in 1997.
She had a life of service to others. She helped put her children and husband through school before returning herself, graduating with a Master’s in Social Work focusing on abused children, retiring in 1994. She found companionship at the Quimper Unitarian Church after her husband’s death in 2007 and was a member until moving to PA.
She loved the outdoors with a passion and she instilled this love in her children as well as respect for our planet. She saw beauty in a sunset and a clear blue sky with wispy clouds. She had a knack for finding faces in everything she looked at. She was an artist who experimented with oils, water colors, pencils as well as sculpting and writing as she sought to unlock her creativity but never quite giving herself full credit for the beauty she created. She loved classical music and opera.
Although she didn’t view her modeling career, nor the winning of the Miss Los Angeles contest in 1950 with first runner up to Miss California as important accomplishments, she did get much of her self-worth through her beauty in her early years. Perhaps because of this she was especially proud of her later academic and professional success.
She still had her smile until the end and will be greatly missed.