Joseph L. Koach

April 15, 1924January 25, 2014


On January 25, 2014, Joseph Lewis Koach passed away, having suffered a stroke in June of 2012. Joe was the youngest of five children born to Italian immigrant parents Carl and Anna Curcio in the coal-mining town of Windber, PA, where he grew up. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and was selected for the officer training program, serving during World War II from 1942 through 1945. He graduated from George Washington University in 1947 and pursued a life-long career in association management and small-business development.

For most of the past 67 years, Joe lived in Arlington, VA. He is survived by his beloved wife, Rochana Koach, who resides in an Alzheimer’s facility, and six children, Tony Koach, Damon Koach, Muftiah McCartin, Margaret Kirk, Wesley Koach and Lucas Koach. Joe is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Nathan Koach, Marissa Mason, Isaac Koach, Elaine McCartin, Sandra McCartin, Lucas McCartin, Laura Kirk, Alton Kirk, Michael Koach, Desiree Koach, Charles Koach and Elizabeth Koach, two great-grandchildren, Thaddius and Shaylin Mason, and many nieces and nephews, all of whom he adored. He is also survived by his long-time caregiver, Kidist Negash, whom he often referred to as his daughter.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 1st, at 2:00 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Homes 4510 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA. Reception at Dominion Hills Community House 6000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA.

Contributions in honor of Joe can be made to the assisted living facility for low income seniors where he lived for many years c/o Culpepper Garden 4435 North Pershing Drive, Arlington, VA 22203. Follow this link to watch a picture slide show of Joseph and family.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Culpepper Gardens with the following link -


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 1, 2014

Joseph L. Koach

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Agnes Sequeira

February 15, 2014

Dear Muftiah, Margaret & Luke, So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I remember how he loved to sing and wondered how he was doing. I was glad Chris & Liza stopped by with Valentine cards so I got to learn about your Dad.
With my sympathies & prayers, Agnes

Cabell Fooshe

February 1, 2014

Joe Koach was a wonderful person and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and sure he is smiling from heaven above.

The Fooshe Family

Mike & Helen Sarris

January 31, 2014

Dear Lucas and family,
Our heartfelt condolences to your entire family. Your father lived a full life and got to see many of his grandchildren, which I'm sure he was very proud. It is hard to see a parent suffer and know there is little that you can do, but be there. He is now at peace. Always enjoy the memories you have locked away in your heart if happier days. Sincerely, Mike & Helen

Jim Kirk

January 30, 2014

Joe and I became good friends when, with great good fortune, my son David met and married his daughter Margaret. His easy way and sense of humor made me wish I had known him a lot longer. He was well loved. May he rest peacefully.


January 29, 2014

Be assured of the support from family and friends during this most difficult time. Take comfort from God's Word, the Bible to give you the strength to carry on, He cares.

De'Andre Anderson

January 29, 2014


I send my condolences to you and your family at this time of grief. May God be with you and your familly at this time.


Rebecca Banyas

January 28, 2014

Joe was a wonderful man, full of love and laughter. He will be cherished always.


Melissa Silva

January 28, 2014

Uncle Joe was a wonderful man and I will miss him.

Marissa Mason

January 28, 2014

An eternal candle for such a wonderful man!

January 28, 2014

Our prayers and our families are with you all at this time. He was a wonderful man. It was special knowing him. Love and Blessings to you all. Joy & Tom McCartin