Connie Hoge, R. I. P.

connie2011107Connie Hoge (née Constance Ann Potter) died at 6:16 pm this evening in home hospice care after a brief struggle with a recurrence of metastatic breast cancer. She was 62.

Connie received a B. A. degree in Audio Production from Indiana University in 1977. She was the first person to graduate from that program at IU. When she died, she was pursuing a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland. In between, she enjoyed several careers. She worked as a recording engineer in Nashville with several gold and platinum records to her credit and was the founding Vice Chairman of the Nashville Section of the Audio Engineering Society. She was the founding Director of the Williams-Sonoma Cooking School in Costa Mesa, California, and operated the Westminster’s Personal Chef home cooking service for several years. She was a beekeeper, a Master Gardener and Flower Show Judge. Connie was Chairman of the Carroll County, Maryland, Forest Conservancy Board, and a member of the Maryland Governor’s Sustainable Forestry Commission. She was a member of Westminster Church of Christ and active in several of the congregation’s ministries.

She is survived by her husband W. J. J. Hoge and son William Hoge, IV, both of Westminster, Maryland; her brother, Robert E. Potter, III, of Illinois; her half-sisters, Mary Olson-Menzel of New York and Patricia Davis of Illinois; her step-sister, Sondra Jean Witsman of Kansas; and her step-brother, John Richard Potter of Montana.

The funeral will be held at Roger’s Funeral Home in Jasper, Tennessee, with burial in the Hoge Cemetery. Arrangement are incomplete for now. A memorial service in Westminster, Maryland, will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Connie Hoge Memorial Fund for benefit of the Natural Resources Career Camp.

UPDATE—How I Met Mrs. Hoge

108 thoughts on “Connie Hoge, R. I. P.

  1. My deepest condolences, John. May your family find peace in the end of her suffering.

    But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

  2. John, you have my deepest condolences and prayers for you and your family. I was quite stunned to see a post of this nature, tonight of all nights. May you and yours find peace and accept my most sincere sympathies.

  3. Oh my God.

    I am so sorry Mr. Hoge. I know that words can’t even begin to help, but I hope that eventually you will be able to find some comfort in the love of those who have followed your story these many years.

    Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    O merciful Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men: Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servant, John, for whom our prayers are offered. Remember him, O Lord, in mercy, nourish his soul with patience, comfort him with a sense of thy goodness, lift up thy countenance upon him, and give him peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Constance. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your
    own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. May her soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    Almighty God, we remember this day before thee thy faithful servant Constance; and we pray that, having opened to her the gates of larger life, thou wilt receive her more and more into thy joyful service, that, with all who have faithfully served thee in the past, she may share in the eternal victory of Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

    Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” ~A Revelation Given to John

    May God Bless you both, John and William, may His Peace bring you comfort. This is my prayer Through Jesus Christ.


  4. The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them.

    They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace.

    For if to others, indeed, they seem punished, yet is their hope full of immortality;

    Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself.

    As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.

    In the time of their judgment they shall shine and dart about as sparks through stubble;

    They shall judge nations and rule over peoples, and the LORD shall be their King forever.

    Those who trust in him shall understand truth, and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
    Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones, and his care is with the elect.
    (Wisdom 3:1-9)

  5. John, I’m so sorry to hear this. Please accept my deepest condolences. Of course you and your family will be kept in prayer.

  6. UNTO Almighty God we commend the soul of our sister departed, and we commit her body to the deep; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection unto eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ; at whose coming in glorious majesty to judge the world, the sea shall give up her dead; and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in him shall be changed, and made like unto his glorious body; according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.

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  8. I am so very sorry for your loss. Take such comfort as you can from the love of family and friends that surround you. May your beloved Connie rest in peace.

  9. I’m so sorry to hear of Mrs. Hoge’s passing. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers. She rests with God now and for certain you will be reunited in God’s time.

  10. My heart is with you today,. My spouse and I send deepest condolences to you and your family. What a wonderful woman, she brought music and beauty into the world.

  11. So very sorry, John. we will keep your families in our thoughts. Please let her family know we are thinking of them as well.

  12. Eternal rest, grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her.

    May she rest in peace. Amen.

    May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

    I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  13. My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to you and your family, John. It is indeed an honor to have observed the magnificent grace that your wife Connie embodied.

  14. Oh man. I have been praying for Mrs. Hoge since her illness was first mentioned,. You and yours have ever been in my prayers Mr. Hoge. May you take comfort in the knowledge that she is in a better place and you will see her again.

  15. A giant footprint on the earth has passed. comfort and prayers to all those who were touched by her life.

    Very sorry for her loss

  16. I’ve gotten so used to missives from the happy warrior that I’ve forgotten that tragedy was stalking your lives. So sorry for the loss of your fabulous woman, but what a live well lived. My deepest condolences.

  17. My condolences for this loss. In the spirit of yesterday’s holiday, I can think of few blessings to be thankful for that are greater than having been able to share what time you did get to have together.

  18. John, Words cannot replace the loss that you have suffered, but they do express our sorrow that we feel for you and your family.

    My prayer for you and your family is for God to provide you the strength to endure in the coming days and to heal the hurt from your loss.

  19. May the perfect comfort of the Riser Savoir, Jesus surround you and your family during these of grieving. I am sorry to hear of the passing our your wife, my deepest condolences.

  20. I have no words that can hope to assuage your loss and your son’s. It is, I suspect, impossible to imagine what losing someone with whom you have spent a life building a family feels like. I met your wife only once and then briefly, but I know that the world has lost a good, bright, happy person. What you and your son have lost is much, much more. I wish you both well. May you remember all the good times despite your grief.

  21. Connie was a tireless worker. She was happy to pitch in and do work wherever it was needed. I lovingly called her the walking encyclopedia. Connie studied and knew a vast array of subjects. Connie spent three consecutive weekends helping me wallpaper my large kitchen and dining room. Connie made fabulous floral arrangements for parties I was hosting. Connie was a compassionate giver. I am blessed to have has her friendship. I’m grateful that I wad able to visit her and say “I love you”, before she left us. Heaven has a loving, compassionate busy worker now. Miss you Connie. John and William, you are in our prayers.

  22. John – My heartfelt condolences to you, Will and family. We are keeping you all in our prayers. It’s not goodbye forever, it’s just goodbye for now… 🙏🏼

  23. My condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She was a woman of extraordinary beauty both inside and out.

  24. Having only met our gracious host once in person, I have no personal memories of Connie. But it’s clear from the pictures and writings here that she was deeply respected, adored and loved. John has indicated he was more than merely fortunate to have her in his life.

    Strength and comfort to John and everyone else whose life was touched by Connie.

  25. I’m just a reader here, but feel as though I know you and am heartbroken to learn of this. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  26. Terrible news! The better the person, the greater the loss. You, John Hoge, have had the good fortune to experience one of life’s bitter ironies. It just might not feel that way right now.

  27. I will plant a tree in her memory. I have a nice Eastern Redbud that’s still looking for a proper spot. Tree enthusiasts are a rare species for the general population, and I can sit down and discuss trees with just about anyone.

    I certainly didn’t know Connie, but I believe we shared the same passion on that subject. I’m not the person who sends flowers on these occasions, but I don’t hesitate to donate/plant trees from my small nursery.

    My condolences, Mr Hoge.

  28. I’m speechless and sad, not only because you’ve lost something so dear to your heart, but that you are so surrounded by people who doubtless use this as an opportunity to hurt you.

    If you need someone to keep an eye on the digital house, let me know.

  29. I’ve been reading this blog for a while now. I don’t know either of you; yet the tears started falling as soon as I read the title. God rest Connie, and God comfort all who knew and loved her.

  30. John,
    I’m so saddened to come across this news. I know you made the most of every moment with Connie, and my prayer is that you may find some peace.
    The evil nastiness that has made both of your lives hell for so long will no doubt use this sad event to torment you further. I hope your full, amazing life with Connie gives you comfort and warmth in her memory.
    My heartfelt condolences for your loss, my friend.

  31. That Damn Cancer takes all the best people! I am terribly sorry for your awful loss. I hope she is at peace, and I hope you will find peace too.
    -Michelle (@NYConsGirl)& Ken

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