Anne Koch, 97, Sidney, MT, formerly Cartwright, ND


October 18, 2023

Anne Koch

Funeral services will be October 24, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Zion Lutheran Church in Fairview, Montana with Pastor Tim O'Shields officiating. A luncheon will follow the service for a time of fellowship and sharing. Anne will be laid to rest in the Yellowstone Point Cemetery, Cartwright, North Dakota. Visitation will be Monday, October 23, 2023 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Fulkerson Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Sidney, Montana. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Sidney, MT is assisting the family. Remembrances, condolences, and pictures may be shared with the family at

Anne Gerda Brosten Koch was born August 21, 1926, to Pete and Serine Brosten in Sidney, Montana.

She graduated from Sidney High School in 1944 and moved to Portland, Oregon to work in the shipyards during World War II. When she returned to Sidney, Mom taught for two years at Shadwell Country School.

Mom married Mathias M. Koch on June 10, 1950, at First Lutheran Church in Savage, Montana.

Myron Mathias was the first of their five children, followed by Cynthia Anne, Patricia Kay, Monica Marie and Lisa Lynn. The farm and ranch life kept Mom busy from morning to night. They lived on the Martell Ranch for 20 years, then north of Cartwright, North Dakota for 38 years. Dad passed away in 2006. Mom moved to Sidney in 2008 and treasured all the special friendships she has made since then. She always loved time spent with family and friends.

Mom enjoyed sewing, quilting, and reading. Her favorite games were Wheel of Fortune, Bingo and the card game Hand and Foot, which brought out her competitive spirit. Just ask anyone who played with her!

Anne passed away peacefully on Tuesday October 17, 2023, at the Sidney Health Center Extended Care Facility in Sidney, MT surrounded by her family.

Mom is survived by her children: Cynthia (Steve) Vitt of Sioux Pass, MT; Patricia (Jerry) Rau of Sidney, MT; Monica (Brad) Baisch of Sidney, MT; and Lisa (Lyle) Stoltz of Dickinson, ND; her sister Ruth Pederson of Sidney, MT; 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandsons, numerous nieces and nephews and friend/caregiver Billie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Serine and Pete; husband Math; son Myron; grandsons Mark Koch and Jeremy Rau; great granddaughter Lucy Quinn Vaira; and sister Verda Pederson.

Mom was telling jokes up until the very end. Her last joke was, "What did one eye say to the other?...There's something between us that smells." She kept us all laughing!

There is so much more we could say about our mom's 97 years but her specific instructions were, "Keep it short!" Guess from now on we'll all be playing it by ear!



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