In Memory of Kathleen Hoch
Kathleen L. Hoch (Lazarus) passed away on February 23,2021 at 96 years young, one month shy of 97!
Kathleen/ Sis/ Mom/ Grandmom is survived by her two daughters, Sandy Gulotta (Peter), Pam Howard (Jay), her brother, Paul R. ( Bob) Lazarus, son-in law Peter Snieckus (Nancy), daughter-in-law, Jill Hoch, 8 grandchildren, Jenna Kauth (Tom), Ryan Hurley (J.Jaye), Maura Hurley, Benjamin Snieckus (Katie), Christopher, Riley, and Johanna Snieckus, Kate Hoch, and six great grandchildren, Logan and Katie Kauth, Jackson and Reese Hurley and Avery and Oliver Snieckus. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her husband, Frank, her daughter, Mary Snieckus, and her son, Jack Hoch.
Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, she entered the work force as a key punch and tab operator, which were precursors to modern day computer systems. After marrying, she and Frank moved to Morristown, NJ to raise a family. There she was active in the school library, Girl Scouts and always attended Bayley Ellard football games, on the top of the hill, to watch her three daughters cheer and later to watch her son play baseball. They were members of Springbrook and Baltusrol Country Clubs. During their “Golden Years”, they were members of PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, FL where they lived for many years playing both golf and bridge.
She loved traveling with her husband and was very proud when she surprised him with a trip on the famous Concorde. But a lot of her travels took her to all of her grandchildren’s graduations, sporting events, and school plays. She was their #1 supporter, giving nicknames to each one, collecting programs and pictures to compile a masterful album for each one of them.
What some may not know is that she became deaf at the age of 5. She never complained, learned to lip read as well as wear hearing aids that over the years, ranged from huge contraptions to the tiny ones of today. She often joked that she was able to turn off noise whenever she felt like it. Amazingly though she could always “hear” her children when they called out in the night.
She was a talented seamstress creating numerous fancy dresses for her three girls and even for her daughter’s friend, Patty Lyons Werring, who was like another daughter. There were also the beautiful bridesmaid dresses that she made for her daughters’ weddings and even her own 50th wedding anniversary “wedding” in which her granddaughters participated.
She never forgot her roots and her life growing up in the Depression. She worked hard, always smiling that beautiful smile. Her husband and family were her first priority never allowing any nonsense. A 4’11” powerhouse of love.
Buffalo , NY will be her final resting place next to her husband of 65 years. The mass, burial and celebration of life will be held there at a later date.
In lieu of flowers , donations to Autism Speaks would be greatly appreciated as one of her great grandchildren, like so many others , is seriously affected. Also a prayer or two for her and her surviving family would be so very welcome.
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