Antoinette Helen Koetteritz was born in Quakertown, Pennsylvania on June 24, 1926 and fell asleep February 6, 2021 in Sidney, Ohio at 94 years of age. She was one of five children of the late Joseph and Helen Polk, including the late Evelyn Bargmann and Ethel Buck. She is survived by her sister Marie Kuhn and brother Joseph Poggi.
She graduated from Quakertown [Pennsylvania] High School and attended Allentown Business College. She wanted to help her country during World War II, so she went and worked for the FBI in Washington D.C.
She married the late John A. Koetteritz, her loving husband, in 1948 and was married for over 60 years, raising five children, Antoinette (Ted) Phillips of New Knoxville OH; John (Pat) Koetteritz of Green Lane PA; William Koetteritz of Boston MA; Eric (Mary Kay) Koetteritz of High Point NC; and Frederick (Shona) Koetteritz of Dillon CO. She also has the added blessing of twenty grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren and loved each one of them and made each one feel very special. They all loved their “Mom Mom.”
While raising her family, she loved to sell things that would bless others. She also did office administration work for Sears, and was a receptionist for the law firm of Kolb, Holland, Antonelli, and Hefner in Bethlehem PA. She worked in the ski shop at Camelback Ski Area for 30 years until she was 87, receiving an award for the “Most Outstanding Employee.”
She would wake daily and raise her arms in the air saying, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalms 118:24), and would give people reasons to rejoice.
She knew God gave us all things richly to enjoy in life and she took advantage of as much as she could. She enjoyed all types of music, loved to dance, hike, ski, play tennis, and even golfed when she was 90. She played card games with friends and family and loved to read, especially the Bible. She wrote heartfelt notes and left precious phone messages to encourage, and gave many gifts to bless others.
Always full of energy, she greeted everyone with her smile. Her work ethic was legendary. Her integrity, honesty, and hospitality were exquisite. The joy of the Lord was her strength.
A Recognition Service will be held in her honor at Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home, 314 West High Street, Saint Marys, Ohio on Monday evening, February 8, 2021, with the prelude beginning at 7:00 p.m. and will also be available via the web and phone lines:
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The internment will take place later this year with a family service in Dolgeville, New York.
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