Sister M. Sara's Services
Private Mass of Resurrection at Sacred Heart Convent, Tuesday, Oct. 20; private burial, Calvary Cemetery, Wednesday, Oct. 21. A memorial mass will be held at Sacred Heart Convent at a later date.
In lieu of flowers or visits, memorials to honor the memory of Sister Sara may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL, 62704. The Dominican Sisters and family of Sister M. Sara are served by Butler Funeral Homes.
Springfield Dominican Sister M. Sara Koch, OP, died suddenly, October 18, 2020, in Urbana. She was born in Mt. Sterling in 1940 to Raymond and Marie (Redmond) Koch, and baptized Marcia Sue at St. Mary’s Church, Mt. Sterling. She joined the Dominicans in 1959 and professed her vows in 1961 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield, Ill.
Sister M. Sara’s life is inextricably bound to St. Malachy Parish, Rantoul, where she served 36 of her 59 years of religious profession. She began her ministerial life teaching primary grades at parochial schools in Springfield, Hampshire, and Quincy. In 1973 she moved to junior high, first in Decatur, then in Crystal Lake. In 1981 she was assigned to St. Malachy School to teach seventh grade and served there, with one 3-year interruption, until her final day of life. 1992-1995, she taught junior high, Our Saviour School, Jacksonville. During her years at St. Malachy she had four ministry assignments: principal (two different times), director of religious education for youth and adults, spiritual life coordinator, and finally, prayer companion.
Sister M. Sara was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Donald, Robert, and Maurice, and her sisters Patricia Koch, and Mary Ellen Ferrill. She is survived by her brother Charles, Mt. Sterling; Rosalie (Jim) Shank, Decatur; and Joan Zurita, Rolling Meadows; 23 loving nieces and nephews, and many cousins, including Sister Marcelline Koch, also a Dominican Sister of Springfield.