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

Ruth B. Hoch (Burkholder)

Thursday, March 30th, 1922 - Monday, February 10th, 2020
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Ruth B. Hoch, 97, of Chambersburg, previously of Shippensburg, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 10, 2020, at SpiriTrust Lutheran Home (formerly Luther Ridge).

She was born March 30, 1922, near Inglenook, Dauphin County, PA, at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers. Ruth was a daughter of the late Samuel J. and Effie Piper Burkholder.

She was a lifelong member of the Mongul United Brethren Church, near Shippensburg, and for several years was church pianist and organist. During World War II, Ruth worked for the Selective Service in Harrisburg. Later she became a beautician. Ruth then went on to work at the Letterkenny Army Depot and retired from the Mechanicsburg Naval Depot.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy S. Hoch, who passed away April 7, 2002. Five brothers and four sisters are also deceased.

Ruth is survived by two children, Dr. Bradley R. Hoch and his wife Amy, and Marilyn H. McQuaide and her husband Robert, all of Gettysburg; five grandchildren, Adam Hoch of San Diego, CA, Emily Weaver and her husband Matthew of Chapel Hill, NC, Jonathan Hoch and his wife Melissa of Gettysburg, Brendan McQuaide and his wife Kayla of Fairfield, and Dylan McQuaide and his wife Kathryn of Melbourne, FL; four great-grandchildren, Adelaide and Lydia Hoch, Zachary Weaver and Jay McQuaide; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of the Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring, Chambersburg. Officiating will be Pastor Rick Fischl. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service in the chapel.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the personal care facility, the Inn at SpiritTrust Lutheran Home, 2735 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring
    221 N. Main Street
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    Visitation will be in the chapel.
  • Service

    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 11:00am
    Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring
    221 N. Main Street
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    Rev. Rick Fischl
  • Interment

    Spring Hill Cemetery
    114 North Morris St.
    shippensburg, PA 17257
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Private Condolence

Joan Sentz

Posted at 10:59pm
To Dr Brad Hoch and family,
My deepest condolences to your entire family. Having had the brief privilege of meeting your mom, I could see how very loved she was. It's hard letting go of such a lifelong blessing. I pray you all find peace and comfort in knowing that her struggles are over and you will be united with this precious soul again one day.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Most sincerely, Joan Sentz, RN

Rocky Spear

Posted at 06:06pm
Ruth was one of my parishioners while pastoring at Mongul. A very sweet and kind lady. Blessings and comfort to her family. Pastor Rocky

Donald Caudill

Posted at 12:34pm
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs Hoch. I will always remember her as very sweet and loving person. Enjoy knowing her through the Mongul UB Church. Roy was also a sweet man who worked at the Shippensburg Post Office and greeted you with a smile that made all you cares go away.
To the Children, you have my deepest sympathy and know she will be greatly missed. You were blessed with wonderful Parents and know you will cherish all the memories of them.
In Loving memory,
Don & Connie Kendig Caudill

Linda Dickinson

Posted at 05:08pm
Aunt Ruth lived across the street from us. She and Uncle Roy were a big part of my life and I have lots of memories. I got my first haircuts and bobby perms from her. We always sat with them on our hill with our other neighbors (the Hippensteeles) and watched the fireworks every Fourth of July. Now the trees are too tall to make that viewing area a possibility. My family and Aunt Ruth, Uncle Roy, their son Brad, and their daughter Marilyn, went on a vacation together to Ocean City, Maryland, one year when we were just kids. My sisters, Carol and Nancy, my brother David, Marilyn, Brad, and Mrs. Stock's two grandchildren, Liz and Billy, formed a club every summer. Under Nancy's direction we put on what we thought was an amazing show in our large playhouse. Of course, Aunt Ruth and Uncle Roy were always in attendance. When they downsized and moved near the high school, they had to watch their lovely home torn down and an auto parts store built there instead. When she became a widow, Aunt Ruth moved into one of the cottages at Luther Ridge with her cat Sammy. She always put her touch on every home she lived in. She was quite a seamstress and made all the curtains for every home and reupholstered many chairs. As the years passed, I realized that Aunt Ruth was my only living relative from that generation. Now she is gone, but I will always remember her dry sense of humor and her way of saying "Oh Roy" when he said something she didn't approve of.

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