Kathryn "Kopy" Ponsford Koehler

November 4, 1927March 6, 2014
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Kathryn ("Kopy") Sara Ponsford Koehler, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and third generation El Pasoan, passed away on March 6, 2014 at the age of 86. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ward, children Paul and his wife Julie, Tom and his wife Carol, Christine Servin and her husband Victor, and Bruce and his wife Lee Ann, and grandchildren Matthew and his wife Elisabeth, Sarah, Henry, Grant, Victor, Carter, Kristen, Dorothy, Rodrigo, Christian, Lily and Gemma, and sister Marian Shortridge. She was active in First Presbyterian Church and numerous community organizations including El Paso Pro-Musica, El Paso Symphony, PTA, McDowell Club, Junior League, Woman's Club of El Paso, Rescue Mission of El Paso, Women's Auxiliary to the El Paso Bar Association, and Republican Party. She was an alumna of Dudley Elementary, El Paso High School, Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy, and Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester). She was also a long time piano teacher and world traveler. In lieu of flowers, donations to Rescue Mission of El Paso and El Paso Pro-Musica. Funeral Service on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 11 AM at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison Drive. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912.


  • Memorial Service Monday, March 10, 2014

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Larry Nickey (jr)

March 17, 2014

Judge Koehler, Paul and Tommy,

I am sorry to here about the passing of Mrs. Koehler. She was always so patient trying to teach me to play the piano and after many lessons, we both agreed I just didn't get piano. When she asked if I really wanted to play piano and I said no, she talked with my parents about me dropping the piano. I still can't carry a note, so keep the music and singing to myself. Your family was always one of the best to be around and I miss those early childhood and young adult friendships. She was always such a kind and caring person. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can ever do, please don't hesitate to ask.

Al and Dorothy Lerner

March 16, 2014

Ward and Family:
My wife and I send our deepest Sympathy to you on the loss of a wonderful and most gracious woman. During my years in El Paso, I remember her many hours of devotion helping young children achieve success. She will be missed.

Frankie Lerner

March 16, 2014

My prayers are with you at this time.

Ronald & Paula Lerner

March 16, 2014

We are sadden by the passing of a truly wonderful and caring person, our deepest sympathy to the entire family during this time.

Debby Kupfer

March 15, 2014

Tom and family, I was saddened to read about the loss of your loved one and mother. I hope it brings you some comfort to know that she is now your guardian angel watching over you. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. May she forever be a blessing!

Mark Lerner

March 15, 2014

Judge Koehler and family. I was saddened to hear about your wife's passing. Though the years have been many, I remember so many fond memories growing up in El Paso, knowing her and the rest of the family. The many times at your home, scouts, and school have always held a special place in my heart. Know that she touched many people, and that she will never be forgotten. My wife Judi and I send our thoughts, prayers, and love to you and yours on the loss of a wonderful person. Mark and Judi Lerner (Dallas, Texas)

March 13, 2014

Our deepest sympathy to you Ward and your family. Kopy was a lovely person and we have fond memories of our friendship with both of you.
Ellen and Dan Harrison
Austin, TX

Sam Snoddy

March 11, 2014

Mrs. Kopi Koehler was a terrific, loving, and wonderful person. She inspired many through her service and dedication.
From: Boy Scouts of America, Troop 165 and Troop 4.

Barbara Dorris

March 11, 2014

Judge Koehler and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Kopy was such a beautiful and caring person who always made others feel comfortable and cared for when she was with them. May God enfold you with His comfort and love.

Bobby Nevarez

March 10, 2014

Tom, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. My prayers and thoughts are with you and the entire Koehler Family.