Albert A. Hoch

Hoch, Albert Alois Albert was born September 12, 1929 and went home to his Lord April 6, 2013. He was born and raised in Cicero, IL to immigrant Czech parents, Albert A. and Anna (Kadlec) Hoch. He graduated Morton High School 1947, Morton Junior College 1949 and University of Illinois '51. He earned his MA from U of I in '52 with High Honors. He served his country with the 101st Airborne during the Korean War and was stationed in Linz, Austria as a translator for MIS. He met his true love, Barbara Brooke Rennaker while working in the kitchen of Barbara's dormitory at U of I. They were married June 12, 1954 and enjoyed 58 years of married bliss. Together they raised 5 children: Pamela Ruth Crabtree of Sarasota FL, Albert (Bert) Adolph Hoch of Naperville IL, Alison Anne (Tom) Clapper of Naperville IL, Amy Brooke (Keith) Swiney of Dallas, GA, and Paul Russell Hoch of Naperville, IL. Albert's career started by teaching language for 2yrs at Evergreen Park High School, then 2 years writing copy for Montgomery Ward Catalog. With his love of languages, he then returned to teaching at Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, IL and was there 30yrs teaching English, Spanish, German, and Russian. He enjoyed collecting items as a teenager but later enjoyed collecting German beer steins, music boxes, baby plates and marbles. Albert was a craftsman who also started a business called "Together Again" where he restored antiques. He is a former president of SCI (Stein Collectors Int'l) and also volunteered in many activities for children with special needs. Albert enjoyed his spiritual journey as a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville, IL. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Barbara; his 5 loving children; his cherished 3 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren and 1 precious great-grandson. He also leaves one sister, Vera (Truman) Hefner and one brother, Charles (Doris) Hoch; 1 aunt, 2 cousins and many nieces and nephews. He was loved and admired for his integrity and humor by all who knew him and will be especially missed by his dachshund, Lumpi. Visitation will be Friday, April 12th at Grace United Methodist Church located at 300 East Gartner Rd in Naperville, IL between 6:30pm-8:30pm. Memorial Service will be Saturday April 13th at 11am at Grace United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Al's name can be made to Little Friends, Inc. 140 N. Wright St, Naperville IL 60540.

Published in Naperville Sun on Apr. 10, 2013