Isabelle Hoch

Isabelle A. Hoch

December 29, 1934 - May 9, 2020
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ROCKLAND – Isabelle A. Hoch, 85, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, died peacefully May 9, 2020.

Born in Rockport, December 29, 1934, she was the daughter of Earle and Agnes Patterson Firth. The family moved to Blue Hill, Maine, when Isabelle was young, and her parents worked for author E.B. White. When Isabelle was in fourth grade her family moved to Rockland. She attended McLain School, was active at Littlefield Memorial Baptist Church and graduated from Rockland High School in 1952.

One day, David R. Hoch spotted Isabelle on the bus and ultimately found a way to get a date with her. They fell in love and decided to get married when David returned from military service in Korea. They married on the Fourth of July 1954. Soon after, Isabelle and David bought the house at 41 Masonic Street which they have enjoyed ever since. Their son, David W. Hoch and grandson, Samuel, live nearby and were a great joy to Isabelle.

Isabelle was a member of the Rockland Historical Society. She loved history and discovered she was related to the great shipbuilder Donald McKay. She and David have done much to share the history of the Rockland lime industry since David retired as president of the Rockland Rockport Lime Company. Isabelle was pleased to help publish Dai Uy Hoch, the story of David’s brother, Wesley Hoch’s time in Viet Nam. Isabelle also enjoyed volunteering at the St. Bernards Catholic Church Soup Kitchen, preparing meals for those in need.

She was always doing something for others with a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed.

“Across the years I will walk with you – in deep green forests, on shores of sand;
And when our time on earth is through, in heaven too, you will have my hand.”
Robert Sexton, Author

Isabelle is at home with the Lord.

Due to present social gathering restrictions, burial at Achorn Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Rockland Historical Society, P.O. Box 1331, Rockland, ME 04841.

To share a memory or story with Isabelle’s family, please visit their online Book of Memories at Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.
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    Achorn Cemetery
    Old County Road
    Rockland, ME 04841
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Diane Bacon

Posted at 10:16am
We were so very sorry to read of Isabelle's passing and will always remember her warm, friendly smile and personality.
Diane & Steve Bacon

Jim Leonard

Posted at 04:28pm
Cousin Issy was a big part of my childhood in Rockland, and an amazing lady. My heart goes out to Dave and the rest of the Hoch family.

Carole Martin

Posted at 02:54pm
Isabelle was a lovely person. I so enjoyed seeing her in her kitchen window and as she was letting Rocky the cat in and out of the house as I walked down Masonic Street. I already miss her presence and hope you, her family, find comfort in having had her presence in your lives.

Cindy Beane

Posted at 02:44pm
Dave, Dave Jr. and Samuel - Although we know Isabelle is safe in the arms of the Lord, it's hard to think about her not being here with us. We are both so very sorry for your loss and please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Isabelle was a kind and loving person and we will miss her dearly. John and Cindy Beane

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