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Norman James "Jim" Schoch


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Norman James "Jim" Schoch Obituary
Norman James (Jim) Schoch, 83, passed away Monday, March 7th, in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Jim was born in the small, northwestern Pennsylvania coal mining town of Helvetia, on June 17, 1932, to Norman and Isabelle (Alexander) Schoch.

He attended a one room school house and, in winter, would often ski to and from school. After serving two years in the army, he eventually became a teacher himself, a job he loved. He earned his teaching degree from Indiana College in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He went on to earn a Master's degree in Education from the University of Delaware and a PhD in Education from Nova University in Florida. During his time as an educator, he held the positions of teacher (history), vice-principal, principal, superintendent, and director of personnel. The majority of his career was spent at Caesar Rodney School District in Camden, Delaware. He also worked for Hartford County, Maryland Schools, Lake Forest School District of Delaware, Capital School District of Delaware, and Upper Adams School District in Biglerville, Pennsylvania.

Jim loved to fish (some would say he lived to fish), hunt, play tennis, play cards and had an insatiable curiosity about the world around him. He was a voracious reader and was genuinely interested in the stories of nearly everyone he met.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan (Jan) (Rafferty) Schoch of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; Candy Jaworski (daughter) of Daytona Beach, Florida; Barry Schoch (son) and his wife, Karyn Vandervoort, of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Brent Hatzis-Schoch (son) and his wife, Eleni Hatzis-Schoch, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Kent Schoch (son) and his girlfriend, Beth Eisenhour, of Lewes, Delaware; two sisters, Nancy Whaling of Manistique, Michigan and Sherry Rishell of Brockway, Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren (with one on the way) and many extended family members and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman Schoch in 1972, and Isabelle Schoch in 1997.

Services will be held at a later date in Troutville, Pennslyvania.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests you take someone fishing, or, you may make a donation in his name to the Volusia County Public Library, in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Published in Dover Post from Mar. 11 to Mar. 20, 2016
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