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Irmgard "Kathy" Koch Chiovari

May 9, 1933 - April 9, 2021

Irmgard “Kathy” Koch Chiovari, 87, of Hendersonville passed away on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Tore’s Home in Flat Rock. A native of Santa Catarina, Brazil, she was a daughter of the late Alfredo and Paula Emma Forester Koch. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Wally Lovern; brothers, Egon Koch, Reinaldo Koch and Renato Koch.

In 1963 Kathy moved from Brazil to Brooklyn, NY, where she worked as a baby nurse for almost 30 years prior to moving, with her husband, back to her native country of Brazil for several years to live before settling in Henderson County for the past 22 years.

Kathy was of the Lutheran faith and thoroughly enjoyed traveling and going to dinner with friends. She loved to cook, especially when it came to baking, and was an avid knitter for a number of years.

She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Sal Chiovari; her brother, Adalberto Koch and several nieces and nephews.

No local services are planned at this time.

Memorial contributions in Kathy’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Research Fund by visiting


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