Charlotte Emelia Hockenberger

December 20, 2018

Charlotte Emelia Hockenberger

April 5, 1927 -- Nov. 24, 2018

Born to Ruth and Philip Hockenberger in the small, significant town of Columbus, Nebraska on the Fifth of April in Nineteen Hundred and Twenty Seven, Charlotte was the second of four siblings. She was predeceased by her parents, and one brother, Philip Hockenberger, Jr. She is survived by her sister Barbara Ferguson (nee Hockenberger,) W.M. Ferguson, brother-in-law, and Vee Hockenberger, sister-in-law, and brother Henry F.J. Hockenberger III, and four delightful nieces and four exceptional nephews and their wonderful children and grandchildren.

Charlotte enjoyed an ideal childhood and in her teenage years was enchanted by the lyrics of: ‘far away places with strange sounding names’ and soon after receiving a degree in Nursing from Washington University in St. Louis, she became a U.S. Navy Nurse and traveled to the East Coast of the United States, the West Coast of the United States, Guam, and Italy professionally and her leisure travel included five continents and 49 states.

Charlotte acquired several academic degrees but perhaps her favorite was becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the University of Virginia where she was appointed Assistant Professor. She had previously completed graduate work at Emory for a Master’s Degree in Nursing. She loved helping others and enjoyed caring for children.

Retiring from the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps as a Commander, she practiced as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for ten years at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California and again retired. In retirement, she and her adopted sister and traveling companion, Bonnie Jean Green, were able to continue traveling to Africa, India, Asia and Australia as well as enjoying residences in California, Minnesota, and Oregon where golf and bridge games were plentiful.

Charlotte was a natural philanthropist which she practiced every day. By choice she was philosophically existentialistic and embraced all other value systems that had peace and love as goals. Charlotte treated all people with dignity and respect and was equally comfortable with Admirals, CEO’s, street vendors, and night watchmen regardless of wealth or status or country origin or location and she taught others to do the same by example. Charlotte’s beloved extended family and many friends will miss her very much but this World Traveler and Exceptional Nurse will now traverse the Universe of any earthly struggles.

Charlotte wished any memorial offers to be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice or Shriners Hospitals for children, or Americares or the Humane Society.

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