Mary Taylor Koetter "Mimi"

April 22, 1929 ~ January 4, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Mary Koetter "Mimi" Obituary

Mary “Mimi” Koetter, 94, passed away on January 4, 2024 at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center in Akron, Ohio surrounded by her family.

She was born in Hollywood, California in 1929. Her father worked behind the camera in the film industry on movies featuring John Wayne, Bing Crosby, and Bob Hope.

Mary attended Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Angeles where she played every sport available to girls at the time and spent her allowance on horseback riding. She graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.  She met her husband, John Koetter, at a mutual friend's wedding and they married in 1956. They adopted and raised 2 daughters, Susan Moran who lives in Arizona and Cathie Durkin of Akron, Ohio. 

Mary devoted herself to volunteer work in her parish, school, and community. Some of the highlights of her 70 years of volunteering include being the president of the YWCA Board, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra Board, the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences Board, Heartland Clinic, and the Junior League of Peoria. Mary was passionate about world affairs, Republican politics and was an election day judge for many years. After moving to Akron in 2007 to be near family and 4 of her grandchildren, she volunteered for the American Cancer Society at the ACS Discovery Shop and at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center.  Mary felt that volunteering had so many benefits besides the obvious help and support it lends to the organization, as she met some of her best friends and like-minded women who were interested in the community and “didn’t talk about their kids all day”.

Mary instilled in her family manners, etiquette, proper table setting, and how to entertain.  What most people didn’t know was that she had exceptional cursive handwriting, a quick wit, and was a math wizard. We are quite sure that had she been born in a different era, she would have been a corporate CFO, but that wasn’t an option for women in the 1950’s. Instead she became the president of just about every organization she was ever involved with. She had a strong aversion to clutter and was a fastidious housekeeper often joking that her epitaph would read, “She kept a clean house”. 

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John and son-in-law Mark Moran. She is survived by daughters Susan Moran, Cathie (Jeff) Durkin, grandchildren Jessica (Roy) Davis, Zachary Moran, Ellie, John, Francis, and Charlie Durkin, great-grandchildren Carter and Wyatt Davis. The family extends their gratitude to Dr. Molly Scantling and the nurses and aides at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center for their compassion and care for Mimi. We are forever grateful to the extended Durkin family, the Village of St. Edward, St. Hilary Parish, and her Diggers & Weeders friends especially Joan Kramer and Nancy Hamlin, who all embraced her and welcomed her into the Akron community with open arms. 

Cremation has occurred according to her wishes. A funeral mass will be held at 11am Saturday at the Mary’s Chapel in the Village of St. Edward Independent Living and internment will take place in Peoria, Illinois in May. Please have a cocktail and toast to a life well lived.


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Memorial Mass
January 6, 2024

11:00 AM
The Village at St Edward's Nursing Home Chapel
3131 Smith Rd
Fairlawn, Ohio 44333


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