In Memoriam
Requiescat in Pace: Father George J. Koch, SJ
Father George Joseph Koch, SJ, entered into God's peace on January 31, 2016 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, after a brief illness. He was 88.

Fr. Koch was born in St. Louis on February 17, 1927, the son of George Koch and Beulah Myland Koch. After the death of his father, young George and his family moved to Berkeley in 1944. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School, San Francisco and entered the Jesuit Order in Los Gatos on February 10, 1945. The following summer, his brother, Charles, followed him into the novitiate.

Fr. Koch made studies in philosophy at Gonzaga University and theology studies at Alma College, Los Gatos. He and his brother, Charles, were ordained together in San Francisco on June 12, 1959.

During his formation as a Jesuit, Fr. Koch taught at Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, and at St. Ignatius in San Francisco. Following ordination, he taught at Bellarmine for 20 years. Health issues brought him to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, where he spent the final years of his life praying for the Church, the Society of Jesus, and province benefactors and friends.

Fr. Koch is survived by several cousins and predeceased by his brother, Fr. Charles Koch, SJ.

Mass of Christian burial will take place on Saturday, February 6, 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, 300 College Avenue, Los Gatos, with burial immediately after at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln Street, Santa Clara.

Donations in memory of Fr. Koch may be made to the California Province of the Society of Jesus by mail at P.O. Box 68, Los Gatos, CA 95031, or at www.jesuitswest.org/donations online.




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