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Sharon Marie Koch

April 23, 1941 — May 7, 2023

Sharon Koch passed away May 7, 2023 in Cozad at the age of 82.

Sharon Marie McNulty first saw the light of this world at the Harvey Hospital in Gothenburg, Nebraska on April 23, 1941. Born to loving parents, Everett and Elsye (Berryman) McNulty, Sharon soon arrived at the family home 10 miles northeast of Cozad. She loved living in the country and enjoyed riding and caring for her horses. Sharon attended Pine Ridge District 80 country school through the 8th grade, and graduated from Cozad High School in 1958. In August of 1958 she married Marvin Koch. They had 2 sons and a daughter together.

Sharon was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical United Brethren Church, and has been a member of the American Lutheran Church in Cozad since 1959.

Sharon Koch raised and loved Arabian horses, Collie dogs, and cats, especially Misty and Buddy. She lived in her home in the country for almost 50 years. She enjoyed growing large vegetable and flower gardens. Sharon was a member of the Sunny Susans 4-H club, Green Thumb Garden club, Modern Homemakers club, and Extension clubs. Sharon enjoyed crocheting afghans, cooking, baking (especially pies), and babysitting for others.

Sharon loved being a Mother, and raising her 3 kids. Each one of them knew they were loved dearly. She wrote long letters to her sons and daughter at least once a week, every week from the time they left home, starting 45 years ago. 

Early in1986, Clayton Hueftle asked Sharon out for a supper date. That was the beginning of a wonderful relationship of over 37 years.

Sharon is survived by her loving partner, Clayton Hueftle, her sons and daughters-in-law, Cory and Annette of Washington, Greg and Deb of Kansas, and her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jeff Strong of Washington, 3 grandchildren, Tosha, Johnathon, and Jordan (Nancy), and 2 great grandchildren, Brandon and Athena.

Sharon is also survived by her sisters, Phyllis Stevenson of Cozad, and Janet Hand of North Carolina, sister-in-law, Connie McNulty of Cozad, and  nephews, Mike and Jeff, and nieces, Debra, Lisa, Julie, and Alison.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Ralph, and brothers-in-laws, Billy Stevenson and Ev Hand.

Family meant everything to Sharon!

Memorials are suggested to or the American Lutheran Church. Services will be held Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church with Pastor Kathy Gundell officiating. Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. at Cottonwood Cemetery. There will be no visitation. 

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Service Schedule

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Starts at 9:30 am (Central time)

Cottonwood Cemetery

, NE 69130

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023

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