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112 West King Street
P.O. Box 336
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-532-2211
Fax: 717-532-8471
Irene Hockenberry

Irene Mae Hockenberry (Culbertson)

Saturday, September 6th, 1930 - Friday, December 14th, 2018
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Irene Mae Culbertson Hockenberry, 88 years old, of Newburg Road, Newburg, PA was carried on angels’ wings to her Heavenly home early Friday morning, December 14, 2018, after suffering a stroke in October 2017.

Irene was born on September 6th, 1930 to Pirl David “PD” Culbertson and Lula Marie Bistline Culbertson. She was happily married to Clair Austin Hockenberry and celebrated 62 years of marriage before his death in March of 2010.

She graduated in 1948 from Shippensburg Area Senior High School with a concentration in business. Her first job was at the People’s National Bank in Shippensburg. When her seven children were all in school, Irene enjoyed 20 years of employment at Shippensburg University in the Students Account Office of Old Main.

Irene was the true matriarch of her large family and much loved by many who were privileged to call Irene Mom, Granny, Grammy, Mammaw, sister, cousin, aunt and friend. A remarkable woman, she was also Mom to her children’s friends and a well-respected member of the Newburg community where she resided all of her 88 years.

She was a lifelong member of the Newburg First Church of God, carried into the church by her parents when she was born. She was a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Ever Ready Sunday School Class, treasurer of the Sunday School class, served on many committees, a Summer Vacation Bible School teacher and a life long member of The Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Irene was the Clerk of Elections for over a decade for Hopewell Township.

Irene was a collector of antiques, glassware and dishes, and enjoyed decorating her home for holidays and every season. She and her husband loved Myrtle Beach and since the 1980’s until a few years ago, traveled yearly to Atalaya Towers, always with as many family members as they could take with them, a special memory for her children and grandchildren.

Her greatest passion was her family. She is survived by her children, Richard (Peggy), Newburg; Darlene (Dennis) Brenize, Newburg; Bonnie (John) Leach, Newville; Nancy Powell, Shippensburg; Barbara (Michael) Thimgan, Newburg; Gary (Barbara), Newburg; and James (DeEnda), Chambersburg. She was very proud of her 13 grandchildren and their spouses, her 28 great-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren and her one great-great grandchild. Irene also loved and shared the lives of many other “special children and grandchildren”, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and many other family members.

Irene was predeceased by her husband Clair on March 8, 2010, her son-in-law Melvin Powell on December 21, 2010, her sisters Alverda Culbertson Ocker and Alma Culbertson Bear and her brother Paul Culbertson.
Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at the Newburg First Church of God. Pastor Jim Moss will officiate. Interment will follow in the Otterbein Cemetery. Viewing will be Monday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc., Shippensburg, and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Newburg First Church of God at 260 Newburg Rd, Newburg, PA 17240.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, December 17th, 2018 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, December 17th, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc.
    112 West King St.
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
    Newburg First Church of God
    260 Newburg Road
    NEWBURG, PA 17240
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  • Service

    Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 11:00am
    Newburg First Church of God
    260 Newburg Road
    NEWBURG, PA 17240
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Jim Moss
  • Interment

    Otterbein Cemetery
    newburg, PA 17240

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Alice and Stanley Kendrick

Posted at 03:59pm
Sending prayers of comfort from our family to your family. Know that you are in our thoughts and we are continually praying for you all.

Dick and Pat Alleman

Posted at 09:30am
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. Irene is at peace now and reunited with her loved ones. She always had a smile on her face. She surely was blessed with wonderful children that loved her. Remember all the good memories you had with her and that will get you through the tough times when you miss her the most. She's smiling down at you and watching over you with love.

Pam and John Zimmerman

Posted at 12:44pm
Aw, Aunt 'Rene, we will miss you so much, but know now that you are complete, whole, and more alive than ever with our Savior and the family who has gone before you! Thank you for your love and witness through all your years on this earth! Rest in Peace, Dear Aunt!

Abby Naomi

Posted at 10:32am
Please allow me to express my deepest condolences for your family's loss. I hope that you will find comfort in the real hope that the Bible gives of being reunited with your loved one again. In the Bible at John 5:28, 29 it reads, "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.". The Bible there promises that your loved one will come back to life again in the resurrection. (Acts 24:15) The Bible also promises that soon death will be no more. (Revelation 21:3, 4) I encourage you to visit for more information about this wonderful hope.

Susan and Keith Chamberlin

Posted at 05:39pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Irene is now at piece in God's hands. She will once again be united with family that she has not seen for a long time. She will be missed here so much but is no longer having pain, confusion, or frustration. We pray for God's comfort to be placed on each one of you in the days to come. We love you all. Keith, Sue, Heather and Sarah

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