Melva Koch, 84, of White Lake, SD, died Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Monday, July 19, 2021 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in White Lake. Burial will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in White Lake. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Sunday, July 18, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with a 7:00 PM Scripture Service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Melva Dean (Meier) Koch was born October 17, 1936 to C.H. (Pete) Meier and Zinderella (Sis) Bannick in White Lake, SD. She passed away on July 13, 2021 in Kansas City, MO, after spending a week with those who now survive her. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in White Lake and attended elementary and high school in the White Lake Public School district. After high school, Melva studied accounting at Nettleton College in Sioux Falls, SD, which took her to a job at Armour Creamery.
Melva was married on April 19, 1956 to Alfred Koch, just after joining the Catholic Church. To this union, Melva and Al had three children: Patricia Ann, Sharon Marie, and Bradley Allen. She and Al dutifully ran the family farm in Plankinton, then moved to White Lake to co-own Meier’s Market. After their decision to sell the Market in 1977, Melva began to make her mark at Al’s I-90 Cafe. She filled coffee cups and the hearts of those around her until her retirement in 2011.
In her newfound freedom of retirement, Melva found joy in becoming a pivotal member of Altar Society, Red Hats, American Legion Auxiliary, and VFW Auxiliary. She especially enjoyed playing Bridge, Pitch, and anything that involved putting more than one deck of cards together.
She is lovingly survived and celebrated by her children, Patricia (Forrest) Wombwell (Kansas City, MO), Sharon (Wayne) Suelflow (Amarillo, TX), and Bradley (Arlene) Koch (White Lake, SD); grandchildren: Abby (Justin) Brammer (Fort Worth, TX), Adam (Katie) Koch (Mitchell, SD), Luke (Lindsey) Suelflow (Little Elm, TX), Tyler (Kim) Koch (Brookings, SD), Derek (Shandra) Koch (Plankinton, SD), and Laura Wombwell (Columbia, MO); thirteen great-grandchildren also work to carry on her kind-hearted legacy.
Melva was welcomed at Heaven’s gates by her husband, Al, parents, Pete and Sis, and in-laws, Peter and Elizabeth.