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Elizabeth "Liz" A. Koch

February 4, 1948 — December 19, 2023


Elizabeth A. “Liz” (DiVencenzo) Koch, 75, of Blythedale, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2023.  She was born on February 4, 1948.  She was the devoted daughter of the late Anna DiVincenzo.  She graduated from Elizabeth Forward High School and started a lifelong career in the medical field.  She began her career working front desk for Dr. William F. Ryckman, Family Medicine in Sutersville, PA, in 1992 she moved on to work for Hematology and Oncology Associates doing front desk and billing, then finally found her favorite workplace in 2002 with Dr. Robert N Mitro, D.O. and partners at Associates In Kidney Disease & Hypertension, which later became P.I.N.E. and her place of retirement.  She excelled in her career and built lifelong friendships with her coworkers along the way, many of which became family to her.  She was a proud Italian and adored her small home in Blythedale where she loved cooking out and having picnics with family and friends under the grapevine pergola in her yard.  She was lovingly referred to as a “crazy” cat lady and adored and spoiled her cats Girly and Toby.  

She is survived by her lifelong partner, Norman Paul Manzini of New Eagle, family-friend, Veta Gallingane (daughters Avah and Emmah) of Blythedale, best friend, Deanna Hodge of Pittsburgh, Cousins, Herman Spinelli of Greensburg, Ron Spinelli of Elizabeth Township and Pam (Spinelli) Hasley of Elizabeth Township, and countless work friends who loved her beyond measure. She was proceeded in death by her Grandfather, Nicola DiVincenzo,  Grandmother, Filomena(DiClaudio) DiVincenzo and her very closest aunt and uncle, Herman and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Spinelli who she lovingly referred to as daddy and mommie.

Friends are welcome Sunday February 4, 2024 from 11am-12pm at The Buena Vista United Presbyterian Church, 335 Styche St. Buena Vista, Pa 15018 for a memorial service.  Memorial Contributions can be made to In Care of Cats, 1680 Fallen Timber Road, Elizabeth Pa 15037 or Buena Vista United Presbyterian Church, 335 Styche St. Buena Vista, PA 15018. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Condolences may be made at

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Sunday, February 4, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

The Buena Vista United Presbyterian Church

335 Styche St, Buena Vista, PA 15018

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