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Jennie vanden Heuvel Hoechner 87, of Mooresville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, of heart failure, surrounded by family. She was born on October 11, 1928, in Rochester, New York to the late Joost and Alberta vanden Heuvel. She excelled in school and received a scholarship to attend the University of Rochester, School of Nursing, graduating with a BSN in 1951. Jennie met and married her husband, Irvin, an Air Force pilot, in Tucson, Arizona on January 9, 1954, a union that has stood the test of time for almost 62 years. The couple eventually settled in Nutley, New Jersey, where they raised 2 children, Carol and Bruce.
Jennie was active with the American Red Cross Blood Bank of Northern New Jersey and the League of Women Voters. She was employed by the Bloomfield (NJ) Board of Education as a School Nurse and Health teacher, retiring in 1992, after 25 years. Upon retirement, Jennie and Irvin moved to Mooresville, NC. Jennie’s greatest passion was her family and she dedicated her retirement years to providing guidance, support, and love to them.
Jennie is survived by her husband, Irvin Hoechner, daughter, Carol Hoechner Gray and husband, David, of Mooresville, son, Bruce Hoechner and wife, Judy, of Yardley, PA, brother, Ambassador William vanden Heuvel, and wife, Melinda of New York City, 4 grandchildren: Megan and Daniel Gray, Bryan and Robert Hoechner, and many beloved nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by 2 brothers, Camille and Leo Remacle.
Services for Jennie will be held on Saturday, November 7 at 11 a.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church in Mooresville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, Lake Norman, 705 Griffith Street, Suite 203, Davidson, NC 28036.
Carolina Cremation of Charlotte is serving the Hoechner family. Condolences can be made to the family at www.CarolinaCremation.com.