April 1, 1931 - March 15, 2007
MT. DORA, Fla. Jacqueline Jane (Smith) Hohler, 75, died Thursday in Mt. Dora, Fla. of complications from pulmonary fibrosis. A longtime resident of Norwalk, she moved last fall to the Florida home of her daughter, Angela.
She was born April 1, 1931 in Kalida, Ohio to the late Wilfred L. and Lela Mae Smith.
She attended St. Michael's Elementary in Kalida, Ohio and Kalida High School for two years. She graduated from Norwalk St. Paul High School in 1949 and attended Notre Dame College in Cleveland for one year. She was active in the Huron County Democrat Party and served as director/deputy director of the Board of Elections for eight years.
She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society and was active in the funeral dinner ministry at the church. She enjoyed gardening and cooking. She believed food was best when homegrown, handpicked, prepared from scratch and served in a kitchen full of family members and friends. She was a great card player and was active in local bridge clubs until her death.
She is survived by her daughter, Angela, with whom she made her home; sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Sue of Huron, Ohio and Bill and Mary of Auburn, Ind.; and daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Rick Kelly of Longwood, Jeanne and K.C. Fogg of Noblesville Ind., Susan of Norwalk, Mary and Brian Pusateri of Landrum S.C. and Meg and Bill Tobias of Apopka; 19 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three more expected great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Barbra Smith of Washington, and Gordon and Bonnie Smith of Norwalk; brothers-in-law, Milton (Marilyn) Hohler of Norwalk and Thomas (June) Hohler of Newark, Del.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. "Jack" Hohler, whom she married Sept. 16, 1950, (with whom she raised eight children, all graduates of St. Paul), and who preceded her in death May 2000; and sisters-in-law, Ethel (Jack) Windau and Betty (Alf) Welfle.
Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk, where prayer services will be held at 5:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk. The Rev. David Cirata will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be sent to her favorite charity, St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Paul Catholic Church.