Michelle R. Hockenberry, 40, East Conemaugh Borough, passed away Monday at her residence.
She was born in Altoona, daughter of Frederick W. Ponczek of Benshoff Hill and Connie L. (Garlick) Ponczek of East Conemaugh Borough, formerly of Altoona. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Raymond L. Garlick; and paternal grandparents, Walter and Amelia Ponczek.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her beloved children: Zachary L. and Ashlee D., both of Altoona; loving brother, Jason M. and fiancee, Erica L. Carney, of Johnstown; maternal grandmother, Irene Garlick of Altoona; former husband, Donald L. of Altoona; uncles: William Garlick Sr. of Altoona, Preston Garlick of Phoenix and Brian Garlick in North Carolina; aunts: Suzanne and Brenda Garlick, both of Altoona, and Veronica Hamula of Johnstown; special friend, Sherry Gleason of Vinco; several cousins and friends; and her faithful companion, Bizkit.
Michelle attended Conemaugh Valley and Altoona Area high schools. She enjoyed her crossword puzzles and surfing the Internet. Michelle loved going camping, but her true love was her children and her family.
Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 13, at Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, Conemaugh. A prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel by the Rev. Robert Ruston. Burial will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family c/o of Jason Ponczek, 1225 Penrod St., Johnstown, PA 15902.