Phyllis J. Kocher
Phyllis J. Kocher Born: June 23, 1930 Died: February 12, 2017 Phyllis J. Kocher, 86, of Sycamore died Sunday, February 12, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 23, 1930 in Genoa to Alvin and Jennie (Wellander) Peterson. She married Floyd E. Kocher on April 22, 1950 at the St. Mary Rectory in Sycamore. They had 62 years of a happy marriage before he died on May 29, 2012. Phyllis drove a school bus for the Sycamore School District for many years. She was a devoted member of the Church of St. Mary, where she was a former president of the Altar and Rosary Society, served on several committees and was active in the schools Backels Club. She and her husband belonged to the Sycamore Elks Club, the Sycamore VFW and the Bit and Spur Saddle Club. They enjoyed bowling, camping and playing cards with friends. Survivors include her children, Michelle (Dave) Ostrom and John (Rebecca) Kocher; four grandchildren, Jason Corn, Allison and Reed Kocher and Kayla Whitney; one great granddaughter, Aubrey June Corn; four step grandchildren, Kelly, Bret, Tyler and Whitney; one great step granddaughter, Ari; one brother-in-law, Wilbur (Mary) Kocher; two sisters-in-law, Carolyn and Darlene Peterson; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers; and one sister. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore. Her Funeral Mass will be on Friday, Feb. 17th at 11:30 AM at the Church of St. Mary, 244 Waterman St., Sycamore, IL., with Fr. Paul Lipinski officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the family to be distributed to Phyllis's favorite charities in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL. 60178. For info or to sign the online guest book, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-895-2833.
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