Elizabeth Frey Dominick Hockenberry

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Elizabeth Frey Dominick Hockenberry, 102, passed away peacefully Jan. 12, 2013, at the Masonic Village in Lafayette Hill.

Elizabeth was born in Parsons, Luzerne County, on Jan. 26, 1911. She later moved to Miners Mills, where she was raised by her parents, Elmer B. Frey and Sarah Jane Reese Frey.

She graduated from Coughlin High School in 1928 and received her teaching degree in 1930 from Mansfield University. She also attended College Misericordia, receiving an addition degree in special education. Elizabeth began her teaching career in Mountain Top but soon stopped teaching to have a family with her first husband, Cornelius P. Dominick Sr., son of Samuel and Jennie Dominick of White Haven.

After having two sons, she resumed her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in Buck Township, teaching grades first through eighth. She later taught at Bear Creek Township and in Luzerne County Westmorleland Building in Shavertown as a special education teacher.

Elizabeth and Cornelius were long time residents of Forty Fort. They owned and operated the Ideal Garment Cleaners in Miners Mills for more than 20 years. They retired in 1970 and relocated to Pompano Beach, Fla., where they lived until Cornelius' death in 1973 from a tragic auto accident. She later married her second husband, Edward L. Hockenberry and remained in Florida, spender the summers in Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth was a member and past matron of the Eastern Star Chapter 90 in Wilkes-Barre since 1930. She was a world traveler, visiting Germany, England, France, Spain, Italy, Morocco, Hong Kong and China. She took art lessons during her retirement and entered many art shows, winning various awards for her wonderful works.

She reveled in telling family and friends that she was the first female to receive an actual drivers license in Miners Mills and her father would allow her to drive his 1927 Durant to high school in Wilkes-Barre.

Elizabeth was predeceased by her parents, Elmer and Sarah Frey; first husband, Cornelius; her second husband, Edward; brothers, Hillard, Elmer Jr. and Robert Frey; and her daughter-in-law, Marlene Wetzel Dominick.

She is survived by sons, Cornelius P. Dominick Jr., Fort Belvoir, Va.; Norman L. Dominick, Valley Forge; grandchildren, Jeffrey P. Dominck and his wife, Karen; Lisa Jane Dominick Singer and husband, Nickolas; and Mark Eric Dominick and wife, Susan. She has seven great-grandchildren living in Virginia and Michigan; and many nieces and nephews in the Wyoming Valley area.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with the Rev. Barbara Saxe officiating. The interment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of service Wednesday. Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 90, Wilkes-Barre, will have a service at 10:45 a.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 90, 8 Daughin St., Wilkes-Barre PA 18702.

For any information or to send the family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website at hughbhughes.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 14, 2013