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Francis James Hochberg

February 5, 1927 — April 3, 2020

          Mr. Francis James Hochberg, age 93, well-known refrigeration expert, of Dushore, PA, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 03, 2020, at home with his loving family at his side.


          Francis was born on February 5, 1927, a son of the late James H. & Agnes E. Poye Hochberg.


          He graduated from the Cherry Township High School, a member of the class of 1944. After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy where he proudly served until he was honorably discharged in 1946. He attended electrical and refrigeration school in Philadelphia. In Sharon Hill, Francis was very involved as a Boy Scout troop leader with troop # 107, where his son David became an Eagle Scout.


          He worked in the Philadelphia area for HJ Welsch Co. and sold Carrier Refrigeration equipment, in the HVAC business for 25 yrs.  He returned to Sullivan County and started Hochberg Refrigeration and Electrical in 1974, which he purchased from Andy Bradley’s company.  He operated his business until retiring in 2017 at the age of 90. He was a 50 year plus member of RSES and held many mechanical trade certifications.


          Francis was an active member of American Legion Loyalsock Post #996 in Dushore and was their financial officer for many years. He was a member of Sharon Hill Memorial Post #193 before returning to Sullivan County.  He was a member of St. Basil’s Catholic Church in Dushore. Francis also served as a member of the Dushore Borough Council for several terms.


          Francis enjoyed spending time with his family, his work, and sharing time with family and friends.  He loved his cabin, fishing, photography, watching birds and attending Legion activities.  He was a big fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, and NASCAR Winston Cup.  He was also a Master Mason of Union Lodge #108, F. &A.M., Towanda, PA.




          David Hochberg                                                          Tucson, AZ


          Three daughters:

          Donna (Danny) Curry                                                 Dushore, PA
          Joyce Farley                                                                 Dushore, PA

          Kimberley Hochberg                                                   Pittsboro, NC



          Randa Hochberg                                                          Dushore, PA


          Two brothers:

Gerald J. & Dorothy Hochberg                                  Jonestown, PA

Joseph & Kimberly Hochberg                                    New Albany, PA


Two sisters:

Agnes Bryan                                                                 East Smithfield, PA

Irene McMahon                                                           New Albany, PA



Aaron Seitz                                                                  Pittsboro, NC

James Seitz                                                                   Pittsboro, NC

Laura (Kevin) Hardy                                                   Vanceboro, NC

Christopher Curry (Regan) Chagal                            Alameda, CA

James Hochberg                                                           Mantua, NJ

Amanda (Paul) Banff                                                  Mickleton, NJ

Jennifer (James) DeHart                                              Folsom, NJ

David (Delilah) Hochberg, Jr.                                    Newtown Square, PA

Nicole (John) Weidow                                                West Chester, PA

Leanne (Tyler) Hochberg-Nell                                   Rigby, ID

Neill (Jade) Stark                                                         Silverdale, WA

Lisa (Craig) Dostick                                                    Muncy, PA

Crystal Spencer                                                            Dushore, PA


Great grandchildren:

Noah Hardy

Castor Hardy

Mira Chagal

Alex Hochberg

Andrew Hochberg

Christian Hochberg

Natalie Banff

Paul Banff

Melanie Banff

David Hochberg III

Rachelle Dostick

Lincoln Dostick

Ellianna Dostick

Travis Spencer

Alison Spencer

Mariah Weidow

Nicolas Weidow

Justin Weidow


Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Besides his parents he was predeceased by a son James Francis Hochberg of Dushore, PA, on December 27, 2009; a son-in-law James W. Farley of Dushore, PA, on October 14, 2014; sisters: Mary Hochberg in 1936, Genevieve Potter of Towanda, PA, on December 20, 1999, Loretta Ferguson, of Linden, PA on July 15, 2010, Margaret Anne Hochberg Scanlin of Overton, PA, on May 5, 2011; and by brothers:  Robert L. Hochberg of Berkshire, NY, on May 15, 2001, and John D. Hochberg of Dushore, PA, on June 1, 2008; his wife of 28 years, and the mother of his children, Loraine Lasalle McCord, on November 26, 2015.

A Celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at the Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA, at 12:00 Noon, with his Pastor, Rev. Thomas. J. Major and the Rev. William J. Hargenrader, co-officiating, immediately followed by a reception at the Loyalsock Post #996 American Legion, Dushore.


Members of the Loyalsock Post #996 American Legion, Dushore are asked to assemble and pass in review at 11:45 AM followed by Military Honors by members of the United States Navy Honor’s Detail.


          A Masonic Service will be held at 11:30 AM by members of the Union Lodge No. 108 F. & A. M. Towanda, PA.

          Friends and family may call at the funeral home Saturday morning, October 3, 2020, from 10:30 AM until the start of the services at 11:30 AM.


          Memorial contributions may be made to the Loyalsock Post 996 American Legion, PO Box 171, Dushore, PA 18614.


          Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA.


          To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to  


          Interment was held in St. Basil’s Cemetery, Dushore, PA.







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