Martavene Hope ‘Martie’ Koch

July 21, 1935 - March 31, 2019

Martavene Hope “Martie” Koch, 83, formerly of Altoona, died Sunday afternoon at The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late John and Ada (Croft) Johnsonbaugh. On Oct. 13, 1955, she married Richard W. Koch, and he preceded her in death on March 11, 1985.

Surviving are two children: Lucinda L. “Cindie” Naugle and Terrence L. “Terry” Koch, both of Altoona; a granddaughter, Traci L. Naugle of Altoona, who was raised in her home; a sister, Eleanor Hewitt of Altoona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by seven siblings: Helyn Pine, Robert Johnsonbaugh, Denice Johnsonbaugh, Drucilla Detwiler, John Woodman “Woody” Johnsonbaugh, and infant brothers, Wade and Jackie Johnsonbaugh.

Martie was a 1953 graduate of Altoona High School. She retired as a salesperson for Eckard Drug in 2001, after 12 years of service. She had previously been employed by Gable’s Department Store for 10 years.

She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Altoona.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, the Rev. Drew McCaffery officiating. Interment will be made at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery, Altoona.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations please be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 200 Third Ave., Altoona, PA 16602 or to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1837 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602.

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