---- — PAXTON — Florence A. Hockenberry, 71, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Heartland Healthcare in Paxton. Her husband of 52 years, Fred E. Hockenberry, passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, also at Heartland Healthcare in Paxton.
Florence was born on July 8, 1942, in Danville, the daughter of Joseph and Florence O’Brien Dietz.
Fred was born on Feb. 19, 1941, in Danville, the son of Edward and Adaline Drews Hockenberry.
Fred and Florence met while students at Danville High School as part of Civil Air Patrol and were married on Oct. 22, 1960, in Danville.
They are survived by their daughter, Teresa (Scott) Fulling of Bloomington; three grandchildren, Andrew, Jessica and Jonathan Fulling of Bloomington; Florence’s brother, Joe (Rosemary) Dietz of Danville; Fred’s sisters, Dorothy Johnson of Danville, and Betty (Ethan) Brown of Colorado; several nieces and nephews; and a dedicated friend and caregiver, Leroy (Heather) Brodian of Loda.
They were preceded in death by both sets of parents; Fred’s brother-in-law Russell Johnson; Florence’s brothers, Edward and Donald Dietz and half-brother, Paul Dietz; and a special uncle, Martin P. “Bud” O’Brien.
Fred was a veteran of the Illinois Army National Guard, serving for 27 years. Florence was a homemaker and stay-at-home mother. His career provided them the opportunity to reside in several communities of central Illinois including Danville, Sullivan and Rantoul before finally settling in Paxton.
As a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion, Fred, along with Florence, enjoyed being active and social wherever they lived. During their younger days, both enjoyed participating in bowling leagues. Fred also participated in recreational softball. Florence always enjoyed doing word puzzles and playing card games. Pets, including their Chihuahua Toby, have been an important part of their lives.
They were dedicated to each other and spent much time together. They were always loved by their friends for their easy going nature. Fred will be remembered for how he cared for Florence during her last few years.
A private celebration of Fred and Florence’s lives will be held at a later date.
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