Sylvia M. Gochneaur, 87, died Tuesday, January 3,2023, at home in Decatur,AL, surrounded by her children after battling oral cancer for 2 1/2 years. She went peacefully in her sleep.
She was born Nov. 14, 1935, in Paris,OH, a daughter of John M. and Eldora May (Fobes) Hawkins. She was a graduate of Deming High School in New Lyme,OH.
Mrs. Gochneaur was a strong woman of faith and loved to share her love of Jesus. She belonged to Ninth Street UMC in Decatur for many years where she sang in their choir. She then went to The Church at Stone River UMC in Decatur and sang in the choir until she no longer could due to her diagnosis with cancer. In the past couple of years she attended, when she was able during her fight with cancer, Austinville UMC in Decatur.
Mrs. Gochneaur was a member of the American Women’s Club,PEO, and Newcomers Club. She enjoyed studying genealogy of her family, reading,listening to music, singing hymns, traveling, playing bridge with a group in Alabama, playing cards with her family,and doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles.
She dedicated her life to being a loving mother and grandmother and was always there to listen and help. She was very generous to all and she loved having family gatherings in her home. She also enjoyed traveling to visit relatives. She would spend summers with her sister Betty in Ohio. She was faithful with visiting loved ones cemeteries in Ohio at least once a year.
Mrs. Gochneaur married her husband, Keith D. Gochneaur on May 21, 1955. He preceded her in death on April 1, 1994. She is also preceded by her parents; son-in-law,John Thomas; and siblings, John Hawkins, Charles Hawkins, Elizabeth “Betty” Hawkins, Richard Hawkins, Larry Hawkins, and Gloria Jean Hawkins. She is survived by her 4 children, Lesley M. Thomas, Kimberly S. Holland, Kerry D. (Earl) Shaneyfelt, and Duane K. (Barbara) Gochneaur; her 5 grandchildren, Ashley A. Gochneaur, Chelsea E. (Brent) Gochneaur, Preston A. Thomas, Haley E. Holland, and Jordan KJ (Briana) Gochneaur; her 4 great grandchildren, Isabella M. Gochneaur, Brantley A. Gochneaur, Paislee S. Gochneaur, and Oaklynn E. Gochneaur; her 2 sisters-in-law, Barbara (John) Hawkins and Lora (Richard) Hawkins; and many loving nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be on Saturday,January 14, 2023, at 1:00 PM at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 134 Prospect St., Andover,OH. Burial will follow in Williamsfield Center Cemetery. Calling hours are Saturday from 11:00 AM until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org Share a fond memory or condolence at www.baumgardnerfuneralhome.com