Herta Wally Nestler Koecher, age 83, passed away Thursday, May 7, 1998, at her home in Bountiful.
She was born October 23, 1914, at Koenigswalde, Germany, the daughter of Max Hermann and Lina Alma Nestler. Herta married Enno Walter Koecher on May 14, 1938.As active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Herta and Walter's dream had always been to come to Utah. Because World Ward II broke out shortly after their marriage, their plans had to be put on hold.
The war years were very difficult for them both, as they had to cope with air raids, advancing soldiers, the loss of their savings, the destruction of their homes and near starvation.
Herta and her family eventually made it to the United States, arriving in New York City on January 10, 1952. They soon reached Utah and made their home in Bountiful.
Herta remained active in the LDS Church, serving as a teacher, youth leader and in numerous other callings. She touched the lives of many people through her example, not only as a wife and mother, but also as a neighbor, church member and employee.
Before coming to the United States, she worked in several retail establishments and later as an office manager. Just prior to leaving Germany, she and her husband operated their own bakery. In Utah, she worked for many years in the Bakery at the former Grand Central store (later Mayfair Market and Smith's Food King) in Bountiful and at K-Mart in Woods Cross.
She was active in church choirs and played the violin in several organizations, including the Murray Symphony.
She is survived by her husband, Walter; and three sons: Helfried, of Salt Lake City; Rolf and his wife Deanne, of Bountiful, Utah; David and his wife Wendy, of Magna. She also has nine grandchildren plus numerous friends both from Germany and from Utah.
Funeral service will be at 12 noon on Monday, May 11, at the Val Verda Third Ward chapel, 2633 South 50 West, Bountiful. Friends may call Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main, and Monday 10:45-11:45 at the church prior to service. Interment, Lakeview Cemetery.
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