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Edith Eleanore (Bohde) Koester

Born: Tue., Dec. 9, 1924
Died: Mon., Sep. 30, 2013


6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
Location: Bethany Presbyterian Church

Memorial Service

7:00 PM Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
Location: Bethany Presbyterian Church


10:45 AM Fri., Oct. 11, 2013
Location: Mountain Home National Cemetery

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Edith Eleanore Bohde Koester passed away Monday, September 30, 2013 at Lakebridge Healthcare Center with her daughter at her side. Edith was born to the late William Henry Bohde and Elsa Bohde on December 9, 1924 in Bronx, NY. She spent her early years in the Bronx, and moved to Rutherford, NJ in 1935 where she graduated from Rutherford High School in 1942. Edith married Arthur Koester in October 1948 and they moved to Clifton, NJ in 1954.

She was an active member of the Allwood Community Church and past Worthy Matron of Clifton Peace Chapter OES. The Koester’s lived in Broken Arrow. OK for 9 years before moving to Gray, TN in 1991. She was an active member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, Nolichucky Chapter of OES and member of Rebekah Circle at Colonial Heights Christian Church.

In addition to her parents, Edith was predeceased by husband of 63 years, Arthur and brother, William H. Bohde, Jr.

She is survived by daughter, Eleanor Masters of Fall Branch, TN; son, David A. Koester of Ester, Alaska; grandsons, David Hobbs & Heather Phelps of Smyrna, GA, Christopher Hobbs and wife, Lindsey of Ardmore, OK and Timothy Hobbs and wife, Rachel of Gray, TN; great-grandchildren, Katelyn & Parker Hobbs of Gray, TN and Rece & Brooks Hobbs of Ardmore, OK; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give thanks to Dr. Rachel Monderer, the staff of 6300 & 7500 at JCMC and the very special staff of Lakebridge Healthcare Center.

The family will receive friends Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6-7 p.m. at the Bethany Presbyterian Church, 5825 Fort Henry Dr, Kingsport, TN. A Memorial Service will follow at 7 p.m. Reverend Chuck Echols will officiate.

Edith will be interred at Mountain Home National Cemetery along side her husband on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 10:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings in memory of Edith can be made to Bethany Presbyterian Church.


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Greg and Julie Bradley
   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
Edith was a great person. We set next ot her in church for several years, always happy and smiling and full of love! God and Heaven got a great one. God be with the family, peace be with you!

Karen Greaar
   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Edith's passing. I worked with Edith and Arthur at Target in Johnson City. She passed on to me some wonderful recipes and craft ideas. She always was so sweet and had a kind word. I will keep her family in my thoughts and prayers.

Doris Seal
   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
Eleanor and David,
The DeVries family wants to let you know that we are all thinking of you and remembering the many memories your family holds for each of us. Dorisann

Allen/Jenelle Owens
   Posted Thu October 10, 2013
We are so sorry for the loss of your mother ,may God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hands during this time of mourning

Claudia Murphy
   Posted Sun October 13, 2013
Dear Eleanor and David,
I also worked with your mom, Edith, at Target. She was so much fun to be around. Her energy kept us motivated during those early morning hours. I loved to hear her stories, especially told with her wonderful accent!
Please take care, Claudia

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