Mary Couch

IRON MOUNTAIN — Mary Evelyn (Engibous) Couch, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, at the age of 96.

She was born and lived the first 18 years of her life in Norway, the daughter of the late Charles and Evelyn (McCrae) Engibous.

Her father, Charles Engibous, was a life-long employee of the Penn Iron Mining Company at its mine in Vulcan. Her mother, Evelyn Engibous, frequently played the organ at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway.

Mary graduated from Norway High School with academic honors in 1938. While attending high school, Mary worked at the Asselin’s Dairy. Upon graduation, she went to business school to learn secretarial skills and then went with her friend, Phyllis, to work in New Orleans.

During World War II Mary moved to Chicago and worked for several war-related businesses. After the war, she worked for Preston Tucker, the developer of the Tucker Torpedo automobile, until she married Walter Couch on July 20, 1946, in Norway.

She met her husband at the famous Aragon Ballroom in Chicago and their courtship included many nights of dancing at the ballroom.

After Mary and Walter married in 1946 they lived in Chicago, where their three children were born. They moved to Glen Ellyn, Ill., in 1954, where they lived until 1979. After moving to Palm Harbor, Fla., in 1979, they moved to New Port Richey, Fla., In 1982, where they remained until 2004.

Walter preceded her in death on March 4, 2004.

Not long thereafter, Mary moved to Victorian Pines Estates Assisted Living Center in Iron Mountain, where she received excellent care until her passing.

Mary is survived by her three children, Ellen Couch, Andrew Couch and Robert Couch; three grandchildren; and her brother, David Engibous.

She is preceded in death by her siblings, John Engibous, Kathryn Ellingson, James Engibous, William Engibous, Margaret Marge Pelligrini and Alice Engibous.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Victorian Pines Estates: 800 E. Grant Street, Iron Mountain.

Interment will be held at the family plot in the Norway Township Cemetery.

Family suggest that memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s name to the charity of your choice.

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Arrangements announced by the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.