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Pearl Marie Buren Hocking


1937 - 2020
Pearl Marie Buren Hocking Obituary

Pearl Marie Buren Hocking, 83, of Fountain Springs, joined the Lord on Nov. 19, 2020, at Family Home Medical, Aristes House.

Born March 23, 1937, in Ashland, she was a daughter of the late Mary Runchock Buren and George Buren.

Pearl graduated from Frackville High School in 1955, where she played French horn in the marching band and played basketball. Prior to and upon graduation, she worked as a clerk at ACME, an attendant at Garden Movie Theatre and as an office secretary at Frackville High School. Shortly thereafter, she began her career with Bell Telephone, Frackville, Pottsville and Harrisburg, where she worked for 40 years as a telephone operator and investigator in the anonymous call center before retiring to care for her husband, Harold.

Shortly after his passing, she worked as a receptionist for Adams Chiropractic, Frackville, for 20 years before "officially" retiring at age 80.

Pearl loved connecting with people through conversations and treasured the friendships she made while working, attending reunions with schoolmates and participating in church services. She enjoyed watching football, especially the Eagles and Nittany Lions, playing/watching Jeopardy and competing against anyone who dared to play her in a game of cards or monopoly. She especially enjoyed attending any event involving her children and grandchildren and proudly served as their number one fan and cheerleader.

She was a selfless and generous woman, always offering help to others, even in her final days. Her deep religious faith and beliefs kept her strong throughout the years, and she thoroughly enjoyed being an active member of Frackville Four Square Gospel Church, where she often referred to others in the congregation as wonderful people.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, Harold T. Hocking, and siblings, Catherine Hart and John Buren.

Surviving are her sister, Shirley Bartol; two sons, Harold W. Hocking and his fiancee, Sharon Lyn Ryan, Brian Hocking and his fiancee, Caroline Bann; five grandchildren, Christopher, Brittany, Brandon, Ashley and Rachel Hocking; nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, great-great-nieces and – nephews.

The family extends their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all those working at Family Home Medical for providing Pearl support and comfort in her final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Family Home Medical, 50 S. Oak St., Mt. Carmel, PA 17851, and/or Frackville Four Square Gospel Church, 415 Coal St. Tuscarora, PA 17982. A celebration of Pearl's life will be held at a later date.


Published in Republican & Herald from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2020
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