Lori Koch Feldman


Lori Koch Feldman of Waretown, NJ passed away on September 9, 2021 after a nearly three-year battle with pancreatic cancer.  Prior to relocating to the Jersey Shore in 2017, Lori lived in Glen Rock, NJ for nearly 30 years.  Lori was predeceased by her father, Harold Bell Koch of Leonia, NJ, and mother, Mary Francis Morgan Koch, of Ridgewood, NJ. 

Lori was born and raised in Leonia, NJ.  As a child, she was picked by the Sunbeam Bread Company to represent the brand as a “Little Miss Sunbeam.”  Always a ham, she starred in several plays for the Bergen County Players and at the Paper Mill Playhouse. 

She graduated from New England College in 1980, where she was a member of the Women’s Basketball, Softball, and Field Hockey teams. She was the 1979-1980 recipient of the Priscilla C. Danforth award for the most outstanding senior female athlete.  For her pioneering role in women’s athletics at the college, Lori was inducted into the New England College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

Lori was happiest coaching youth basketball and feeling like she made a difference in kid’s lives.  Years after she “retired” from coaching, you could find her in the stands at local games.  She was the first woman to lead the Glen Rock Youth Basketball League, serving as its President from 1999-2006.  

Lori’s “real job” off the court was as a manufacturer’s representative for beauty supply companies, most recently as a member of the BTB Sales group. Those who knew Lori knew she could sell anything to anyone (whether it was a shampoo bottle or a crazy idea). 

Lori loved living in Glen Rock and was always looking for ways to give back to the community. She was a past-president of the Glen Rock Women in Community Service, where she brainstormed the idea for the town-wide garage sale and the Halloween downtown trick-or-treat.  She was also a co-creator of Byrd Broadway, an elementary school musical revue which still runs annually over 20 years later. 

Lori’s family fondly remembers the store she opened in Glen Rock, Beautopia, which was Lori’s dream of a store and hangout spot for local tweens and teens.  Lori could be found behind the register with her Jack Russell Terrier, Bailey, selling hair accessories, hosting birthday parties, and doling out advice to local kids, who would come in simply to talk with her about life.  

Lori is survived by her husband of 38 years, Michael, whom she loved unconditionally and supported after he suffered from a stroke in 2012. She is also survived by her daughters, Layne and Margot, and Margot's husband, William Cullinane, all of Wood Ridge, NJ, and, somehow, her beloved dog, Bailey, age 17 1/2. Lori was immensely proud of Layne for becoming an attorney, and Margot for following in the family footsteps to work in sales.  

Lori was an only child, but she was always surrounded by dear friends whom she considered to be her family, including Tara Franklin of Falmouth, MA, Mark Choosang of Glen Rock, her Greenbriar gals of Waretown, NJ, and many others. 

Friends and relatives are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, from 1:00-3:30 p.m., at the Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, located at 13-31 Saddle River Rd, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410, vpfairlawn.com.  A memorial service at the funeral home will immediately follow. Burial will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lori's name can be made to the Women's Sports Foundation, https://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/support-us/.

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A beautiful life lived to the fullest ❤️...she was loved by so many Leonians. My heart aches for her daughters and husband, and her many friends and family who had the privilege of knowing Lori. I will miss her smile and her friendship and fond memories will remain in my heart.
Kathie Malloy Jackson
A life well lived. My heartfelt condolences to Mike, Layne, Margot and all those close to Lori. I didn't know Lori for too long, but I do know she leaves a legacy of which anyone would be proud.
Jeffrey Baliban
The Feldmans were wonderful next door neighbors. My wife Mariann, son Andrew and I have missed them as neighbors and will always think of Lori fondly. She was a gem. Our condolences go out to the Feldmans.
James Nocilla
Even though we knew this was imminent, it's still very sad to think we will never see Lori's smiling face around town. Mike, Layne & Margot I'm sending virtual hugs to each and every one of you. Rest in Peace Lori you are in a safe & painless place knowing you were well loved.
Dee Stevens
I was so sorry to learn of Lori’s death. What a wonderful woman. Lori could make me laugh until tears were streaming down my face. Her experiences cooking, especially Thanksgiving stories, were so funny. Beautopia was fun for adults, too! May God comfort Michael, Layne, Margot, William, and Bailey, and all who love Lori and will miss her.
Ann Dillon Tannous
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