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Mary Joan Koenig

April 22, 1931 — May 17, 2020

Mary Joan Koenig (nee Hartman), age 89, of Florence, KY, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2020.  Mother of Tom (Sharon) Koenig and Teresa (Steve) Goeke; grandmother of Jason (Kim), Scott (Jeena), and David Koenig, and Brian, Brad (Melissa) and Kevin (Tracy) Goeke; two great grandchildren, Zachary and Lucas Goeke.  She is also survived by her brothers Art (Mary) and Al (Dorothy) Hartman; sister-in-law, Mary Ann (Don) Hartman.  She was preceded in death by her husband of over 60 years Jim Koenig, parents Dolores and Alphonse Hartman, brother, Don Hartman, three step-sisters, Thelma (Ralph) Miller, Cleo (Edward) Goebel, and Ruth (William) Jones, and sister-in-law, Carol (Al) Hartman.  Mary was a devoted wife, a loving mother and grandmother, and homemaker.  She was a graduate of Holy Cross High School, class of 1949, a member of “Club”, and attended Saint Paul Church in Florence, KY.  She enjoyed baking, gardening, canning vegetables, sewing, and spending time with family and friends.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at St. Paul Church (Florence, KY) at 10:00 AM followed by a private burial ceremony at Mother of God Cemetery (Latonia, KY). Memorial contributions may be made in the form of Masses or donations to the Ohio Valley MS Society, Fountain Pointe I, 4665 Cornell Road, Ste 170, Cincinnati, OH 45241.


Mom enjoyed connecting with, and helping, others.  She used any excuses to host a family get-together or call someone.  Sometimes she would call just to see if you had tried to call her, and she missed the call, even if you had just finished talking to her.  Over the course of many hour long conversations, we came to believe that she knew most everyone in the tri-state area and that we were somehow related to each of them.  If she found out you needed something, she was always there to help.  Depending on the severity of the issue, either a note with your name and issue would be place under the statue of Mary and she would pray for you, or she would start a chain of phone calls to find help.  Occasionally we would get a call from mom, surprised to learn what we had been volunteered to do.  I'm amazed we don't have a picture of her on the phone.  We'll miss those conversations, but we're confident she's in heaven now, reconnecting with people, helping God, and looking for a phone.

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