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Updated: 12/27/2013 08:00:01AM

Edna Janette Hocker

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Edna Janette “Jan” Hocker, 72, of Englewood, Fla., went to be with Jesus, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, quietly in her sleep, due to complications from a stroke she had suffered four years ago.

Jan was born Nov. 17, 1941, in Speed, Ind., and was one of 11 children with a twin brother, Jimmy, who died as a young child.

She lost her mother at 8 years of age, and was raised in the Lutheran Children’s Home in Indianapolis, Ind. Jan graduated from Howe High School in Indianapolis, shortly afterward marrying Richard Lee Hocker in 1960. She had two children, and was a loving and dedicated mother. For many years she was a member of the Englewood Chapter of the Eastern Star.

Jan and her husband moved to Englewood in 1976, and started their successful business, R.V. Merchandising. Together worked side by side for 27 years, until retiring in 2003. During her retirement, Jan enjoyed traveling outside the U.S., and enjoyed spending time at her home in North Carolina, visiting with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jan was cared for at home by her husband, Richard Hocker, and Tideeell Hospice. Regardless of adversity, Jan always faced it with strength and tenacity. “Grandma Jannie” will be greatly missed.

Jan is survived by her husband of 53 years, Richard Lee Hocker; daughter, Debora Lynn Melton; son Kevin William Hocker; grandchildren, Tyler Cauffman, Nicolle Cauffman and Aeriel Cauffman; six great-grandchildren; and her sister and her angel, Wanda Boffo. She was preceded in death by brothers, Walter Durham, Junior Durham, Billy Durham, Jimmy Durham and Bobby Durham; and sisters, Lucille Durham, Patricia Durham, Nina Davenport and Betty Hessong.

Visitation is from noon until the celebration of this beautiful life at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Lemon Bay Funeral Home in Englewood. Burial will follow at Gulf Pines Memorial Park in Englewood. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to: The Shriner’s Children’s Hospital of Tampa, c/o Shriners International, 600 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34232.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and a deep, loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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