Thomas G. Kochen, 59, of Pueblo, passed away January 7, 2008.  Tom was much loved and will be sadly missed by his wife of 39 years, Sherri and sons, Timothy (Marjean) Kochen of Missouri City, TX and Michael of Pueblo, grandchildren, Amandala and Dominic. He is also survived by sisters, Mary (Dr. Richard) Hettinger, Peg Kochen, and Sue (Jerry) Levay of Sioux City, IA, a sister, Pat (Dr. Joseph) LaScala of Lambertville, MI, and a brother, Robert (Karen) Kochen of Overland Park, KS. Tom was born October 12, 1948 in Sioux City, IA where he was a long time resident.  He served in the US Army from 1968-1971, then worked as a telephone technician for 30 years retiring from Qwest Communications in 2002. He was preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Ruth Kochen and followed in death by his sister, Judy (Ed) Kasper of Lincoln, CA. Tom was a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast who spent many hours on his bike.  If he wasn't biking or building something for his home, he was trying out a new recipe on his grill or relaxing with his fishing rod. At his request, there will be no viewing.  Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium.  Memorial Mass, 10 a.m., Saturday, January 19, 2008, at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 11th & Grand, Pueblo, with Msgr. Leonard Racki as celebrant.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003.  Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com.

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  1. Dear Sherri, Mike and Tim,

    We are sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. His easy-going manner and pleasant personality always impressed us. May you find comfort with each other in the days ahead.

    Sincerely, Lowell & Rita Habeger

  2. Dear Sherri,

    In your time of sorrow, I hope you find comfort in the words and kind embraces of all who care so much about you and yours.

  3. Sherri,

    We were saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. While we didn’t get to know you both well, or spend much time with you, we agree that we would have liked to . Tom will be missed by many.
    Our prayers are with you and the family.

    Jim and Lori

  4. Sherri,

    I am so sorry for your loss of Tom. Tom and I were friends, neighbors and classmates for 13 years. He was a great guy. My sincerest condolences go out to you.
    Pat Schumacher, Portland Or.

  5. Sherri and Mike we are so sorry for your loss. There were so many bike rides and good times yet to be had. We will certainly miss Tom.

  6. Sherri, Tim & Mike. I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Every time I go home, I drive through the old neighborhood and recall alot of great memories of when the boys were young. And rarely can I remember a time when Tom wasn’t outside working in the yard or grilling. You were great neighbors. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Lori Keairns, Ryan & Dan

  7. My sympathies to Sherri, the boys and Tom’s great sisters. We enjoyed some tight little league baseball games with our son Brion and your Tim. Tom’s sense of humor I’m sure was as quick and enjoyable as his sisters that I knew and had the privilege of dealing with in Sioux City. My thoughts and prayers be with you all. Dr. Mark Taylor

  8. Tom was a classmate of mine through grade school (Blessed Sacrament)and Heelan High School.
    He was a really nice guy, always kind and friendly. I offer my sympathies at his early passing. May God Bless his family.

  9. Our Sympathy to Sherri and boys – Tom will always be remembered for his kindness to my parents and you were the best of neighbors. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! A Mass will be said for Tom at Blessed Sacrament in Sioux City.

  10. We are so saddened to hear of your loss. We were not aware that Tom
    was ill. Please know that we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Sherri,
    I am so very sorry to hear about Tom. You and Tim and Michael will be in my prayers. If you ever want to talk, please don’t hesitate to call.
    Love,
    Paula

  12. Shari, I am sorry for your loss and. Although we do not really know each other you were always good to my mother (your Aunt Gertie) May you be surrounded by love in this most trying time. Marlene

  13. Dear Sherri:

    We are so sorry to hear about your lost. You are certainly in our prayers.

    Dick and Delores Sturgeon

  14. Sherri,
    I am Deeply sorry to hear about your loss. Tom and I worked together for a lot of years and I remember the good times. From the kid’s baseball to his snowplowing days and the Cycle. I know how proud he was of you and Tim and Mike.
    I retired from Qwest in 01, but am still doing the Union stuff, and think of Tom and You when I get up in that neck of the woods. I can’t remember where your house went, but your “yard” looks a lot different.
    I wish you and your family well.
    Ken

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