Patricia L. Koby

Born: Mon., Aug. 26, 1929
Died: Sat., May 13, 2017


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Wed., May 17, 2017
Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial

1:00 PM Wed., May 17, 2017
Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church

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Patricia L. Koby, 87, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

She was born August 26, 1929, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Thelma (VanArsdall) and Ira Firsich.

She is survived by her son, Jim Koby of Manilla, her brother-in-law, John McDowell, and nieces Patty (Steve) Simmons and Mary Ann (Mike) Hackman and nephews, John (Mary) McDowell and Mike (Kim) McDowell.

She attended Shelbyville High School and the Indiana School for the Blind.

Following high school, she worked as a transcriptionist/typist at Grain Dealers Mutual Insurance Company in Indianapolis for several years.

On January 8, 1963, she married Albert Koby. They had met through the Indianapolis Young Catholic Adults organization. He preceded her in death on April 11, 2009.

She was also predeceased by her parents and her devoted sister, Virginia McDowell.

Patty enjoyed travel, flowers, listening to audio books, and spending time with family and friends.

She and her husband, Al were a driving force in establishing an Indianapolis Chapter of the Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation. In addition, she had been a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Ann's Altar Society, St. Joseph Church Prayer Line, Red Hats at Horizon Center, and the Association for Visually Impaired Persons.

Visitation will take place from Noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 East Broadway, Shelbyville, In., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m.

Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Foundation Fighting Blindness, 7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, MD 21046 or to a donor's favorite charity.

Funeral Directors Greg, Sheila and Stuart Parks are honored to conduct the services for Mrs. Koby.

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Carole Zinser Davis
   Posted Wed May 17, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We'll miss seeing Patty and Virginia at other family services. They were the sweetest of all of Dad's cousins. My dad and mon were Ray and Mary Ann Zinser, Ira was a brother to our grandmother, Mary Lena Kirsch Zinser. Hope to see you sometime. Carole

Helen Lavin Wilson
   Posted Mon May 22, 2017
Sending our sympathy and prayers to Patty's family. My sister is Edna McAndrews. She and her late husband Joe were good friends with Patty and Al. They also met at YCA, and the friendship continued throughout the years. Their two children, Monica and Patrick, are about the same age as Jim. I also had the privilege of meeting Patty and Al; such a nice couple, and now they're together again. Edna was unable to attend the funeral, but she sends her warm thoughts.

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