Yvonne Leone Koch

Feb 18, 1936 - Jun 15, 2022

St. Henry Cemetery
901 North Church St.
Watertown, Wi, 53098


Yvonne Leone (Vorpagel) Koch passed away in her sleep in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 15th, 2022 of natural causes. She was 86 years old.

Yvonne was born on February 18th, 1936 in Merrill, Wisconsin and dedicated her life as a grade school and special education teacher in Wisconsin and California for 44 and 1/2 years, retiring in 2001. She was married to James W. Koch for almost 60 years, after 3 years of dating. She resided in Wisconsin until 1967 before moving to Sacramento, California until her passing. Yvonne loved cats and enjoyed reading and doing yardwork, especially with flowers. She was a lovely and patient wife and mother, and was loved by everyone.

Yvonne was preceded into heaven by her parents Herman & Frieda (Zimmerman) Vorpagel and her brother, William (Bill) Vorpagel, Lincoln County’s first Korean War service member KIA in 1950. She is survived by her husband, Jim, two daughters, Kathy and Karen, 3 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, a number of cousins, nieces, and nephews, and her sole surviving brother of Merrill, Daniel Vorpagel.

Yvonne was a positive thinking, kind, considerate, and loving woman who was loved by her husband, family, and 11 year old cat. She was always very considerate and helpful to many others. She also helped diligently with her husband in various extra activities over their years of marriage.

Yvonne will have funeral services on Tuesday in Merrill, Wisconsin with mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church at 11a, a private viewing for family from 12:30-1:30p, and public viewing from 1:30-3:30p at Waid Funeral Home. She will be buried on Wednesday at St. Henry’s Cemetery in Watertown, Wisconsin.


  • Jessica shrade says:

    Grandma I will forever miss you will always be in my heart I love you forever and always love your grandaughter jessica

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