PATRICIA ANN HOCH (McKenna) It is with tremendous sadness that the family of Patricia Ann Hoch (McKenna) announce her passing on December 11, 2017.
Patricia or Pat as she preferred was born on March 31, 1943 in Washington, DC to Mary McKenna (Murphy) and Robert J. McKenna. Pat grew up in Washington DC and Connecticut with her six siblings. She attended St. Anthony's in DC, (1961) Regina High School in Maryland and graduated from Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Enfield, Connecticut.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Mae, and two of her brothers, Robert Jr. and Terrance McKenna.
She is survived and deeply missed by her three daughters, Patricia C. Campos (Harry), Kathleen N. Griswold (Scott) and her youngest, Shannon M. Hoch of Portland, Oregon. Pat is also survived and deeply missed by her beautiful grandsons, Nick, Will and Tony, whom she adored, and by her living siblings, Mary R. Rothwell (McKenna), Dennis E. McKenna, Margaret R. McKenna, Michael J. McKenna; and her many nieces and nephews.
Our loving mother, Pat was a long time member of St. Peters Catholic Church in Olney, Maryland. She worked as a secretary for the FDA in Woodlawn, Maryland and later at Johnsons Florist and Garden Center in Olney, Maryland, up until early 2017. Working at Johnson's was a job she deeply enjoyed, that kept her involved in the community she loved. A devoted mother, an amazing grandmother, sibling and friend, our mother Pat loved spending time with family and friends, especially dining at Cava in Olney.
She also loved cooking, gardening and spoiling her grandsons. Our mother spoke fondly of the summers she spent as a child at her grandparent's cottages on Chesapeake Beach and later, loved spending her annual summer vacations in Ocean City with her siblings, daughters and grandsons. Our mother Pat was one of the earliest and original "Soccer Moms'. In 1980 the St. Peters Athletic Association honored our mother with a Soccer Mom t-shirt in recognition of her commitment to and support of the budding soccer program at St. Peters.
Our mother also loved Jazz. Language is limiting, words alone could never ever encompass the boundless love and kindness our mother expressed and shared with everyone she met. Her strength, courage and integrity will be remembered and honored in our own actions as we who love her move on in this world without her.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 6 at St. Peters Catholic Church, 2900 Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Maryland 20832.
A celebration of our mother's life will follow at her home in Olney, Maryland.
There will be a private family internment at All Souls Catholic Cemetery, Germantown, Maryland.
In lieu of flowers, although our mother loved them, contributions could be made to causes dear to our mother's heart: The March of Dimes, The National Down Syndrome Society and the Betty Ann Krahnke Center (BAK)- Family Services- one of the only emergency domestic violence shelters for women and children in Montgomery County - (301) 840-3225 / www.fs-inc.org