Dorothy M. Koch
February 4, 1921 - July 24, 2011
KOCH, Dorothy M. (Giovine), 90, of Bruce Lane, Warwick passed away Sunday morning, July 24, 2011, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Dr. Peter Koch. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Alfred O. and Ida (D'Agostino) Giovine. She resided in West Warwick before moving to Warwick in 1987. Mrs. Koch attended St. Xavier's Academy and graduated from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in 1944. She was a nursing supervisor in the operating room at St. Joseph Hospital and the former Army Hospital in Stevensville, Newfoundland, Canada. Then she became the office nurse in the private practice of her late husband Dr. Peter Koch until she became a fulltime mother and grandmother. She was a communicant of St. Gregory the Great Church, a former member of the Women's Auxiliary of Kent County Memorial Hospital, the East Greenwich Yacht Club and Potowomut Golf Club. She leaves two sons, Peter A. Koch and his wife Marite of Warwick and Dr. Paul S. Koch and his wife Joanne of East Greenwich; a daughter, Dr. D. Patricia Koch of Warwick; six grandchildren, Kelly Koch of Springfield, MA, Amy Koch and Kristen Koch both of Boston, MA, Peter Koch, Jr. of Charlestown, MA, Kathryn Koch of Charleston, SC and Paul Koch, Jr. of Los Angeles, CA and two sisters, Martha Ducharme of Warwick and Ann DeConti of North Providence. She was the sister of the late Savina Annicelli and Lt. Col. Alfred Giovine. Her funeral will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 8:45 am from the HENAULT-GALLOGLY Funeral Home, 5 Eddy Street, West Warwick. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am in St. Gregory the Great Church, 360 Cowesett Road, Warwick. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, West Warwick. Visiting hours Wednesday 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Gregory the Great Church, 360 Cowesett Rd., Warwick, RI 02886 or the Children of God Relief Fund, Inc., c/o Crowell and Moring, LLP, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington DC 20004 for the Nyumbani Children's Home in Kenya, Africa in her memory would be appreciated. Information and condolences, please visit:


Raymond and Gail Kacich

Our deepest condolences to the Koch family on the passing of your wonderful mother. Mrs. Koch was a beautiful woman -- both inside and out. I hope knowing how much she loved each of you will be a comfort. We will miss her.

Jake Vander Zanden

Paul - You are testament to what a great lady your Mom obviously was. You and your family are in my prayers. Remember my friend that death is not extinguishing the flame, it is simply putting out the light - for a new day has begun. God Bless.

Debbie & Steve Haden

Our prayers and thoughts go out to all of you, Peter, Dr. Patty, Dr. Paul and family. Our hope is that your love, strength, support and faith in god will help ease the pain of the loss of your mom. Your mom lived a long and fulfilling life with her family, what a gift of life to have received. Your mom must have had a wonderful journey through her years of life, just as your dad also had, with a loving, caring family with such love, compassion, admiration and companionship for each other, their children & grand children throughout their lives. What a circle of life and amazing lives to have been blessed with. May you always find comfort in remembering all the wonderful memories your mom and dad created together and with all of you. They will always be with you. They are angels among you! May you always have Peace and God Bless!!

Susan Drumm Kennedy

Dear Patty and Family, It saddens me to hear of your Moms passing. My memories of a very beautiful "lady go way back to the 50's when my family were patients of your Dad...and as a St.James School Mom. I know only too well the grief you feel . Love and prayers, Susan

Michael Racano

Dearest Patty, My heart goes out to you and your family at this sad time. You must take comfort in the the blessing that you were given to care for her these many years, and what wonderfull care it was, you were the very best daughter a mother could ever dream of. I feel your heavy heart, as we were both caregivers to our mothers, knew we must one day say goodbye. But know this, she will always be with you because of your loving care, you will be truly blessed beyond measure of this world.

Linda Thomas

So sorry to hear about your Mom. My memories of her are fond, she was always so kind and such a beautiful lady. My heart aches for all of you with such a loss. God Bless.

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