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MAUREEN KOCH


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MAUREEN KOCH Maureen Elizabeth Joan Hanley Koch, age 61, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at home, in Deer Park, N.Y., following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Jan. 29, 1956, in the town of Mineola, N.Y., to the late Raymond Edward Hanley and Joan Dunphy Hanley. She married the love of her life, Gene Koch, Nov. 13, 1977. Maureen is survived by her husband, Gene; and her two wonderful children, Alexander and Elizabeth; Elizabeth's longime boyfriend, Mark; her daughter-in-law, Ellen; as well as her granddaughter, Gabriella Joan. She is also survived by her brothers, Matthew and Michael; her sister-in-law, Linda, and their families. Maureen spent her childhood in Mineola, and always told stories of loving her time and talking too much in class, at Corpus Christi Catholic school. After attending Nassau Community College, she married Gene and they lived in Floral Park, N.Y., then moved to Deer Park in 1986. Maureen dedicated her life to her family and making the world a better place for the people she loved and she was simply phenomenal at it, bringing laughter, love and joy to everyone lucky enough to stay by her side. A dedicated daughter, she temporarily moved to Las Vegas in 1990 to help her father as he fought his own battle with cancer and again in 2008 when her mother was struggling after a major surgery. A wonderful wife and mother, she was always there to listen and give well thought out advice, and instilled in her children a love of learning, taught them how to be kind and provide understanding, how to listen, and, provided them a love of travel, exploration and diversity. Together, with her family, she traveled to over 20 countries, always eager to challenge herself and see something new. After her family, getting a new passport stamp was probably what she loved most. Maureen loved the arts and performed Irish Step Dancing during the 1964 World's Fair in New York City and never said no to seeing a Broadway show. A family meal with lots of conversation followed by a Broadway show would resolve any conflict. She volunteered and worked at the New York Dance Theatre and Ohman School of Ballet and worked as the box office manager for the Long Island Philharmonic. The thing anyone who knew Maureen will remember most about her is her laugh. Her laugh would carry throughout a room and was so infectious you'd be laughing along with her before you knew what was funny. Her warmth and presence would calm anyone angry and one good look from her would let you know you were in trouble or that everything was going to be alright. Diagnosed in July 2015, she was only expected to live three months. Like the fighter she was, she faced cancer head-on, going through round after round of chemo and using the time to continue traveling and seeing the world with her family, going to Iceland, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, taking a Caribbean cruise, reliving her California honeymoon on her 39th anniversary and taking one last helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon with her lifelong best friend, Judy Ryan Rosenberg. Services are pending. In lieu of flowers, Maureen's family kindly asks for donations to St. Jude's. The easiest way to donate is online at www.stjude.org/donate
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