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Alice Hocker

Alice L. Hocker (Quinn)

Monday, August 8th, 1927 - Friday, October 30th, 2020
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Alice L. Quinn Hocker, 93, of Hummelstown. Born in Hampton, Virginia on August 8, 1927 and passed away on Friday, October 30, 2020 at the Harrisburg Hospital. Her’s was a life well lived. She was the daughter of the late Thomas E., Birth mother Lola Johnson Quinn and Eva Landrum Quinn.

Alice worked as a telephone operator in Virginia until she married and later moved to Hummelstown after her husband John Hocker finished pharmacy school. Alice brought with her the love of family, her strong faith, and her southern warmth. Although it was in Hummelstown where she developed her strong sense of community. She lived and raised her children in the home where her husband was born. The same home John’s parents lived, and had an ice cream and sandwich shop for many years. And again, the same home where Alice and John ran an old-fashioned pharmacy and soda fountain for 13 years. A family pharmacy whose policy was to provide needed medicine even if the family was down on their luck. An IOU was accepted and the medicine maybe even delivered by Alice or her son. The soda fountain was famous for nickel cherry cokes, sundaes, and overwhelmingly their milkshakes. The soda fountain was a hang-out for local kids and her children’s friends and teammates. It was the norm for Alice to open her home to neighbors for holiday dinners or pack up meals to take to them. She left it her responsibility as a good neighbor to provide transportation to fetch groceries, or for doctor’s appointment for elderly or alone neighbors. Alice was small in stature, but a mighty force, and very strong in her convictions. After years of loving and taking care of her neighbors, she was unofficially dubbed the “Queen of Hummelstown.”

Alice truly had unending energy. She and her husband square danced for many years with the Paxton Promenaders, and then with the Curly Que Square Dancers. She was a member of the former Woman’s Club and the United Church of Christ for 68 years. She loved flower gardening, crafting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and walking and chatting with her neighbors. She made a lot of her own square dance outfits, and clothing for her children. In their later years, she loved spending time with her children and friends, long car rides, and going out to eat; especially to her favorite restaurant in Hummelstown, Roxy’s Chatterbox.

In addition to her parents, Alice was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, John B. Hocker on March 4, 2011, and a brother, Kenneth Quinn, and brother-in-law Harry Hall.

Alice is survived by her sister, Geraldine Hall of Fairfax, Virginia; a sister-in-law, Florence Quinn of Hampton, Virginia; and her children, John Brendle Hocker, Jr., husband of Deborah A. of Harrisburg, and Donna J. Straw, fiancé of Leonard Smith. The family is proud of her devotion to her family, friends, community and country. These are the values that make a great community, and subsequently a great country.

A private family interment was held at the Hummelstown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, Inc., East Shore Shelter, 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111 or to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, 3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109.
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Eric Tapman

Posted at 11:16am
Many mornings on the way to gradeschool, I would go over to Warren's house, and then we would both walk over to Donna's house. Warren and I went in the back door, sat in the kitchen, and watched Mrs. Hocker braid Donna's very long hair before proceeding to school.

After school, I would go to Hocker's Ice Cream Parlor and have a cherry Coke or a milkshake. Rhoads had a pretty good ice cream parlor as well, but I always preferred Hocker's!

Sometimes I'd stop at Alberta's Candy Shop before Warren's house and spend all my lunch money ;)

Godspeed and thanks for everything, Mrs. Hocker!


Eric Tapman

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