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HOCH, Eleanor June (Conklin)

HOCH - Eleanor June (nee Conklin)
Born June 28, 1926, died April 10, 2012 after illness with brain cancer. Her husband and family members were at her side. She is predeceased by parents Howard Peter Conklin and Avis Elizabeth Shumaker Conklin, brother Charles Edward Conklin and grandson Joshua Luke Hamner. She is survived and dearly missed by her husband, Emil Henry of 61 years; daughter Heidi Lynda Hoch. of Castile, NY; daughter Holli Dyanne Hoch (John) Hamner of Greenvile, SC; granddaughter Sarah Elizabeth Hamner of Nashville, TN; grandson LTJG Joel Lawrence Hamner, USN. of Waipahu. HI; and two great-grandsons, Ashton Luke and Hunter Logan Hamner; also surviving are a sister Janice Conklin Schroeder of Buffalo, NY, Eugene Howard (Dawn) Conklin of Castile, NY and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. Mrs. Hoch taught for 50 years (Castile, Silver Springs, Cattaraugus and Nunda, NY; Muncie, IN; Silver Spring, MD; and Williamsville, NY). She was Castile H.S valedictorian, Class of 1943, and held a degree in Music Education (Fredonia-SUNY), and a Masters degree in Elementary Education (Geneseo-SUNY). She composed hundreds of songs and taught thousands of students. Her life-long love of music was recognized early by loving parents when during the Great Depression her father traded a cord of wood for her first piano. In the early 50's she gave her label-salesman uncle a pumpkin pie recipe for Libbey's which has stood the test of time and graced millions of families' holiday tables. She was an expert Seamstress and in 1960 won the Grange sponsored New York State Sewing Contest. She enjoyed world travel and opened her home to countless exchange students, Her stalwart frugality allowed her to be generous to others. She loved philosophy, politics and current events. She adored her grandchildren and teaching. She believed education is "the seeking of truth" and often said "each of us can become our own best teacher." She will be remembered for extraordinary creativity spanning many disciplines, for her zest for life, for her wisdom, her wit, for her love of words, language, and a good story. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Castile Historical Society, The Cordelia Green Library, Castile, The Arts Council for Wyoming County or Pike Volunteer Fire Dept. Services were held Friday in Castile, NY. Arrangements HARMON-WATSON FUNERAL HOME. Online condolences at

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