Annabelle “Annie” Kochheiser
May 27, 1930 ‒ August 15, 2015
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.
Online condolences to her family may be made by visiting:SnyderFuneralHomes.com