Nancy H. Hoke, 85, beloved mother, sister and friend, died peacefully on April 5, 2021, at The Lebanon Valley Home in Annville.
Born July 8, 1935 in Freeport, Pa., she was the daughter of the late D. Richard Hill and Madelen Smail Hill. She was the wife of the late Denis W Hoke.
Nancy moved to Lebanon county in 1957 after graduating with a degree in sociology from Penn State University, where she met and married her husband. In addition to raising five children and running a busy household in North Lebanon Township, Nancy worked many years as an assistant librarian at Cornwall Elementary School.
An active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lebanon, Nancy served on the church council and devoted her talents to Christian education, social ministries, and stewardship. She was a long-time 4-H leader and active with the League of Women Voters of Lebanon County, Lebanon County Historical Society, Lancaster-Lebanon Habitat for Humanity, and organizations addressing issues of domestic violence, hunger, and homelessness.
An avid bird watcher, she was a member of the Quittapahilla Audubon Society. She loved sports and was particularly devoted to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Penn State football team. She also intensely followed Cedar Crest girls basketball and the Penn State women’s team. Nancy will be remembered for her many acts of kindness and quiet generosity.
Surviving are children Kenneth, spouse of Linda, of Philadelphia, PA, Kathleen Hoke, of Columbus, Oh., Karl Hoke and Kevin Hoke, of Willow Grove, Pa., Karen Lesser, Bethesda, Md., grandchildren Alicia Hoke, Jacqueline Lesser, and Benjamin Lesser. Also surviving are her brother, David Hill, of Freeport, PA, and sister, Janet Keslar, of Dover, PA, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother Charles Hill and sisters Joanne Loose and Sabra Hill.
Arrangements are being handled by Christman’s Funeral Home in Lebanon. Funeral services at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will be announced later this month on the Christman Funeral Home website. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. For more information, to order flowers, or to send messages of condolence, please visit www.christmansfuneralhome.com.