Annabelle “Annie” Kochheiser

May 27, 1930 ‒ August 15, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Annabelle “Annie” Kochheiser, 85, of Lexington went to her eternal home Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Born Annabelle Marie Berry to J. Earl and Erma (Van Antwerp) Berry, Annabelle was born May 27, 1930 in the Lucas, Ohio area which is now a section of Malabar Farm.

Annie graduated from Lexington High School in 1948 and then married her church friend, Paul Kochheiser on August 22, 1948.  Together they celebrated 58 years of marriage before Paul’s passing in March, 2007.  In addition to helping Paul farm his 5th generation farm and raising their family, Annie was a self-employed wallpaper hanger for over 30 years.  She always kept busy and enjoyed playing board games with her grandchildren.  In her later years she enjoyed doing word search puzzles.

A woman of strong faith, her favorite acrostic was JOY; Jesus first, Others and Yourself last.  During her lifetime Annie was active with the Jefferson Grange and several churches, choosing Woodville Grace Brethren as her church home.  Annie’s greatest pleasure in life was to help others in need using her love of gardening and canning to share with others.  Her faith, determination and sense of humor aided her in coping with her many health issues along with her faithful companions, her feline friends.  Annie’s determination allowed her to accomplish many tasks despite her physical disabilities.

She is survived by her children Terry L. Kochheiser (fiancée Michael Ann Eaken) of Mt. Vernon, Ray (Sharon) Kochheiser of Lexington, and Rebecca (Russell) Berry of Buffalo Grove, Illinois; grandchildren Stephanie Fesler, Lindy (Brian) Davies, Jamie Clawson, Kathryn Berry, Matthew Berry, Steven (Suzanne) Kochheiser, Nathan Kochheiser and Katelyn (Matthew) George; four great grandchildren; sister-in-law Ruth Berry Metcalf; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Annie was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth (Glenn) Spohn, Velma (Dick) Baer, Carol (Floyd) Beverage, Dorothy (Charles) Bender, and (Joe) Grubb; brother Dale Berry and two infant brothers.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services celebrating the life of Annabelle Kochheiser will be Wednesday at 11 a.m.  Her nephew, Rev. Ronald Mowry will officiate, assisted by Pastor Gene Witzky.  Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Contributions in Annabelle’s memory to Woodville Grace Brethren Church (Disabled Accessibility Fund) or Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made through the funeral home.

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  • Ray, my prayers are with you and your family with the passing of your mom. Praise GOD for HIS love and mercy and know that your mom is rejoicing in HIS PRESENCE!

  • Ray, we are so saddened to hear of Miss Annie’s passing. We know your heart is both broken and yet peaceful. She led a glorious life filled with love and she shared it with everyone. I know that I got the biggest kick out of her. I cherish the last time Dale and I were at your home. The good laughs that Miss Annie provided for us. She still holds the title for the best Apple pie in Ohio, and a warm place in our hearts. We love all of you.

  • I have many good memories of Annie. I grew up with her children at Lexington Grace Brethren Church. She was a godly woman, a great mother and grandmother. I’m sure she will be missed by her close friends and family. I’m praying for all of you during your time of loss. Your loss is heaven’s gain!

  • Ray and Family,
    We are sorry to hear of Annabelle’s passing. Our prayers are with you.

  • Ray and Sharon and family,

    We are sorry to here of your loss. We are also celebrating her life now with Jesus.
    Love, Bob and Shirley Wise

  • Terry, Becky, and Ray,
    So many memories of you and your parents going back to the late 1960s when we first met. And now they are rejoicing in heaven with PT and others who have gone on before.

  • Terry and Michael Ann, So very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother Terry. She is at peace now, praising Jesus and catching up with her loved ones in glory. My heart goes out to you both. Your in my thoughts and prayers always.
    Love, Jackie

  • Terry, Ray and Becky and family,
    I have so many fond memories of good times I had with Annie I wouldn’t know
    where to start. I know she is in a better place but has a place in my heart forever.
    She enjoyed canning and gardening so much and taught many people young and
    old the art. Will miss her greatly but can rejoice that she does not have any pain
    and is with our Heavenly Father and many friends this morning.
    My prayers are with all of the family at this time.
    Marian Humphrey

  • Ray, Sharon and Family.
    So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. We extend our deepest sympathy. You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Bob and Carole Whitney

  • We are so sorry for your loss! We will be keeping the entire family in our prayers.
    Hugs to you, Rebecca!

  • Our deepest sympathy & sincerest condolences on the passing of Annie. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Whatman Family