Marie Theresa (Kowalchick) Hoak

Born: Fri., Aug. 28, 1936
Died: Sat., Oct. 3, 2020


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Thu., Oct. 08, 2020
Location: Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home

Religious Service

11:00 AM Thu., Oct. 08, 2020
Location: Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home

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Marie Theresa Hoak, 84, of Pottsville, Pa., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown.  Born in Forestville, Pa., on August 28, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Anna (Pishko) Kowalchick. Marie was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Pottsville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Gary Hoak, and a brother, William "Butch" Kowalchick. Known as the “glue that held everyone together,” family was everything to Marie. And you just had to look in — and on — her refrigerator to see that. Decades of school photos and newspaper clippings of her grandchildren’s academic, community, workplace and sports accomplishments dotted the kitchen walls and fridge. “Grammy” had a knack for making everyone feel like the most important person in the world. A fierce matriarch, there never seemed to be a shortage of love, no matter the situation.  Marie was a wonderful cook and master candy maker, and there was never a shortage of home-cooked meals and treats, either. Her famous halupkies, peanut butter rolls and coconut eggs made every visit all the sweeter. Her love extended far beyond the family, too. Raising her own children in the Fairmount and Seneca Street neighborhoods of Pottsville, many now-grown neighborhood kids call Marie their “second mother,” even to this day.  Marie spent many years working the polls, too, doing her part to create a better future for the next generations.  Whether it was the end of a loud Christmas filled with charades and storytelling, the end of a phone conversation, or even a Facebook post, Grammy made sure everyone knew her love as they hung up the phone, walked out of her home for the night or logged off online.   Marie lives on through the incredible family she and her husband of 64 years, Donald Thomas Hoak, created. She is survived by four sons: Greg Hoak and his wife, Lisa, Gerald Hoak, Glenn Hoak and his wife, Karen, Gil Hoak and his wife, Patricia; a daughter Gina McGinley; a daughter-in-law Sharon Hoak; 10 grandchildren: Greg Jr. (Leah), Luke (Ashley), Kelly (Charlie), Allison (Nick), Jason (Maggie), Madison (Emma), Neena, Carly, Jillian, and Megan; six great-grandchildren: Ava, Aubrey, Addison, Cole, Finley, and Della; a sister: Shirley Hasenauer; and nieces and nephews. A religious service will be held at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 8, with Msgr. Edward O’Connor officitating. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday morning from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be held in Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marie’s memory may be made to Hillside SPCA: 51 SPCA Rd, Pottsville, PA 17901. Please send condolences to

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