Elizabeth “Libby” Koch of Greenville (95)


Elizabeth “Libby” Ann (Brookhart) Koch, age 95 of Greenville, Ohio peacefully went on to live her new life eternally with her Lord on April 15, 2024. Libby was born August 18, 1928, in Wapakoneta to the late Walter and Luella (Siferd) Brookhart.

Her husband, Dale H. Koch preceded her in death on June 14, 1988. They were married 37 years before cancer took Dale’s life too soon.

Libby is survived by their 3 children, Dennis Dale (Donna) Koch of Painesville, Lynda Lou Bean of Dublin and Leigh Ann (Micheal) Fletcher of Greenville. A sister Cindy L. Michel of Plain City, 2 nephews, 1 niece, and special friends Sue Henderson, Helen LeMay and Norval Brigner.

She was a proud grandmother to 5 grandchildren: Clinton J Randall, Katherine B. Koch, Emilie K. (Jason) Rice, Ashley E. (James) Peterson and Brian D. (Brittany) Koch, and 7 great-grandchildren Chelsea E. Randall, Jacob T. Rice, Carter M. Rice, Maxon J. Peterson, Grayden M. Peterson, Palmer K. Peterson and Charlotte R. Koch.

Libby was a woman of faith that was her compass in life. She chose a career in nursing so she could care for those in most need. She worked as an RN at Wayne Hospital most of her career beginning when the family moved to Greenville in 1965.

Libby served as Wayne Hospital’s Candy Striper program director for several years. She was a loved Girl Scout Leader and spent 2 weeks in her summers as a camp nurse for the Girl Scout Camp “Whip-Poor-Will” in southern Ohio.

Dale and Libby were very active in the Masons and Shriners organizations in Greenville. They were long-time members of the EUM Church serving wherever needed. Libby was especially involved with the Stephens Ministry and local Emmaus Walks.

Libby enjoyed nature, reading mystery novels and traveling. In earlier years the family took long camping vacation trips with friends. They loved the mountains out west and the beaches in Michigan and New England. The family also spent summers at their Indian Lake Cottage.

Libby prided herself in walking all the mountain trails in Gatlinburg and being a dance performer with the Darke County Cloggers group up to the age of 81.

Libby’s family wants to extend their gratitude to the dedicated caregivers at Oakley Place, Ayden Healthcare and Hospice Services. If you would like to honor Libby’s life with a donation to one of her favorite charities they would be The Shriners Hospital or Youth for Christ.

Friends may call on the family from 11:00- 12:30 PM on Monday, April 22, 2024, at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville. The funeral service will be held at 12:30 PM with Rev. John McRoberts presiding. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta, Ohio.

Fond memories may be shared at www.zecharbailey.com for the Koch family.