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Edward "Red" Koenig and Louise "Lou" Koenig.

Edward "Red" Koenig and Louise "Lou" Koenig.

Devoted Summit couple together for 78 years die 2 days apart

Lifelong Summit residents Edward “Red” Koenig and his wife, Louise “Lou” Koenig, both passed away last week after being together for 78 years.

Red passed away peacefully at home on August 20. Two days later, Lou passed away.

Red was an Army veteran of World War II, and a member of VFW Post 6863 and American Legion Post #735. A member of Plumbers Union Local 130 for 65 years, Red was the plumbing inspector and building official for the Village of Summit for over 25 years.

Lou worked at Montgomery Ward, Service Plumbing, and other various jobs.

She loved ceramics and bowling. She belonged to TOPS for many years. Her greatest achievement by far, according to people who knew her, was her devotion to her husband and family. She personified sweetness, fun, kindness, and love.

Red will be remembered as a loving and supportive father, a kind, gentle person, and a decent and honest human being who was always cheerful, courteous, respected, brave, and strong right to the end.

They were both involved in the forming of the Port of Summit Boat Club.

The life lessons they have taught their family will live on for generations. The world is a better place because of them.

Survivors include sons Greg (Ericka) Koenig, Bruce (Amanda) Koenig, and Gary (Gina) Koenig, and a daughter, Judy (Mark) Perecich. They were grandparents of Michael Koenig, Michele (Dave) Koenig, Philip Koenig, Gregory (Margarita) Koenig, Kylie (Ernie) Wilson, Edward Koenig, Mikayla (Robert) Perecich, Mason and Hunter Perecich, and Bruce Koenig Jr. Great grandparents of 10. Great-great grandparents of one. Red was the dear brother of the late Leroy Koenig and Louise was the sister of the late Mary Wroten.

A memorial visitation to honor and celebrate both of their lives will be held on Tuesday, August 31, from 4-8 p.m. at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave., Summit. A funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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