Joan Marie Hochu

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January 24, 1930 – October 24, 2017

Joan passed away on Tues., October 24, 2017. Surrounded by her loving family at Northumberland Hills Hospital in her 88th year.   Beloved wife of Ron (Roland),  Joan leaves behind to celebrate her life, daughters Susan (Alfred) Dunphy, Jane Powell (Gary Belore), sons Peter (Sue) Hochu, and Dean (Debbie) Stothart, and “special nieces and nephews” Joanne Hochu (Jeff Sommers), Carol Hochu-Trupke (Helmut Trupke), Jean-Marie Hochu (Steve Glover), and John Hochu (Josee Chalut), sisters Shirley Parbery and Betty Poelstra, sisters-in-law Marlene Stothart and Ann Stothart, and brother-in-law Jim (Linda) Wilshire.  Predeceased by husband, Ron, mother, Bessie, father, Thomas, sisters Jackie Behm and Mary Stothart, and brothers Bill and Bob Stothart.  Very proud Nana of Shannon Dunphy, Sharleen Lamey (Mark), Brad Dunphy (Meg MacNeill), Kerri Krahn (Jake), Traci Mulligan (Randy), Rob Belore (Lisa), Philip Hochu (Jordyn), Patrick Hochu, Tanya (Joe) Richie, Bryton Stothart, Nick Stothart, Justin Macaulay, Gabrielle and Stephanie Hochu, Maria and Madelaine Sommers.  Great Nana of seventeen great grandchildren, and two great great grandsons.  Joan was born and lived all of her life in Port Hope, where she met and married a young, handsome soldier, Ron, after he returned from WWII.  While being busy as a stay-at-home mom to three, then four, and then eight children, Joan also was a committed member and Elder at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church and spent most of her adult life participating and leading the women’s group and the many catering and charitable events there.  Her life of giving to the community included, participation and leadership of Brownies and Girl Guide groups, the Companions Group, and as a Legion Associate member for over 25 years.  Our fondest memories included her joy of golfing, knitting, supporting the Blue Jays, and her “Happy Hour” with cherished friends and family.  Our sincerest thanks to all who touched her and our overwhelming prayers of thanks to God for her long life which touched many.  A heartfelt thank you to all of our many friends and extended family for your loving support. 

Service Information

A Celebration of Joan’s Life will be held on Saturday, November 4th at 2 p.m. (visitation with family at 1 p.m.) at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 131 Walton Street, Port Hope. Memorial donations can be made to St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Port Hope – MEMORIAL FUND, Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation – PALLIATIVE CARE, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian Lung Association, or a Charity of Your Choice. Arrangements entrusted to Fallis & Shields Funeral Home, Millbrook. Online condolences may be made at


Sorry for your loss, we are thinking of you.

Pauline @ Donnie Reeves

Thinking of you at this sad time. Joan was a strong family loving person and she will be dearly missed. With my deepest sympathy. Nanci

Nanci Lagorio

Joanne and Family, Your Aunt Joan was a very special lady. May you all have fond memories of her. Thinking of you, Pearlie

Pearl Dixon

Our sincere sympathy to all of Mrs. Hochu's family.

Sandra & Greg MacNeill

To Carol and Family our deepest condolences. There are no words we could say as losing a loved one is always difficult. We can see by the announcement she was loved by many, was a leader and very generous in giving support to the community and her family. Those memories will always be cherished by you and the family forever.

Joe & Maria Hruska

Sad to hear about Joan's passing. I have many fond memories of her and her siblings from "when we were kids" to our last visit to Port Hope a few years ago. I passed the message along to Frankaileen.

Ross Chapman

Dear Peter and family we are very sorry for your loss.

Wm & Marie McQuaid