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 Hokenberg, Mary Ellen
Born: 04/02/1944
Died: 08/04/2015
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Hokenberg, Mary Ellen

Hokenberg, Mary Ellen age 71 of Lake Hopatcong, NJ died Tuesday August 4, 2015 at the Morristown Medical Center following a brief illness. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY she has resided in Lake Hopatcong since 1976.

            Daughter of the late John J. and Marie (Glasheen) O’Gara, Mary Ellen was a graduate of the Down Town St. Joseph’s Commercial RC High School Brooklyn, NY class of 1962. She was also a graduate of the St. John’s University New York. Mary Ellen had worked as a Teacher for the Jefferson Twp. Public School system for twenty eight years before her retirement. Following her retirement she was working as a supervisor for a group home in Oak Ridge, NJ under the Department for Persons with Disabilities through the Catholic Archdiocese of Paterson, NJ for the past twelve years.

            Mrs. Hokenberg was a member of the NJEA and the NEA, she had served on the Jefferson Twp. PTA as well as a Jefferson Twp. Girl Scouts Troop leader for many years. The thing that gave her the most joy in life was spending time with her cherished grandchildren and loving family.

            Pre deceased by a brother Michael O’Gara, Mary Ellen is survived by her beloved husband Eric D., her sons Eric J. and his wife Linda of Jefferson Twp., and Michael J. and his wife Katelyn of Cary, NC; her daughters Karen M. and her husband Thomas Miller of Jefferson Twp., and Kristina A. Hokenberg of Singapore. Also surviving are her grandchildren Ashley M., Thomas E., and Shane R., Miller, Bridget A., Eric R. Amelia J. and Jameson M. Hokenberg as well as her sister Joann Dempsey of Staten Isl., NY.     

Visitation will be held Friday August 7th, 2015 from 3-5 and 7-8:30 PM with funeral services at 8:30 PM in the Smith-Taylor-Ruggiero Funeral Home, One Baker (Rt. 46) Dover, NJ. Graveside services Saturday Aug. 8th at 11:00 AM in the Holy Cross RC Cemetery Brooklyn, NY. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Department for Persons with Disabilities www.dpd.org
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It has been an honor and a privilege to call Mary Ellen a friend. She was one of the sweetest and kindest people I have ever known. I will miss you..from your cheerful smile right down to the crocs on your feet! Thank you for being apart of my life!
Kelly O'Caiside
I give thank and honor for the time I shared at work with Maryellen. Always strong, ever smiling, encouraging person. Her words will always remain fresh in my mind. I will miss you... Rest in Peace Maryellen.
Catherine Kamau
Our sorrow is profound....it was our honor to have known Mary Ellen...always upbeat, a great sense of humor, deeply caring, with un-bounding generosity ! ....We loved her, too.
Joel & Judi Moskowitz
I am so honored that I had you in my life you were a mother to me a co-worker and a great friend. I cant even put into words how much you meant to me. I miss you so much but I know that you are looking down on me. xoxoxo katie
We wish to extend our deepest condolences to the Hokenberg family during this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
FVHS Admin
To MaryEllen ad her family she would light up a room with her smile kaleigh & our family we're so blessed to have known you. Our deepest sympathy to your family.
Debbie & Rich Baroch
Mary Ellen we can say with sincerity was one of the most giving, caring people we've ever known. Her legacy is one of selfless admiration. Although we've been separated for some years, she remains a model friend whom will forever be in our thoughts and prayers. RIP you strong wonderful lady.
Amy & Mike Tokazowski
I'm shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Mary Ellen Hokenberg. She was a truly a wonderful woman. I spent many days as a child at the Hokenberg home playing with Kristina, and Mary Ellen was loving, kind and fun all of the time. She was one of those people, one of those mothers, whom you just remember your whole life. My deepest sympathy to all of you. You're in my heart. Jen
Jennifer (Osborne) Loheac
I will miss the friendly wave as you passed by our house, the kids update as you returned from your walk to the ferry. From the early years your joy of bringing the family to CAPP beach and the scouting years. You were a lovely neighbor and friend. Our deepest sympathy to the family.
Kathy Siver
I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. May God almighty, father of tender mercies and all comfort continue to strengthen you all (2 Corinthians 1:3,4). How eager we all are to see the fulfillment of Gods promise to completely remove death, tears, mourning, outcry and pain (Revelation 21:4). The Bible also provides assurance of the resurrection hope for our dead loved ones (John 5:25). May these promises from God bring you comfort. You can learn more about Gods purposes at www.jw.org
Zinne Suji
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