May 5, 1938 ~ February 3, 2007

Born in: 28704,
Resided in: Arden, NC

Arden ~ Phyllis Hoffman Kocher, 68, of Brevard Road Arden, died on Saturday, February 3, 2007 at Elizabeth House Hospice. She was born in Marion, Iowa and was the daughter of the late Lawrence Hoffman and Blanche Cox Hoffman. She was preceded in death by a son, Richard “Richie” Kocher who died in 1986. Phyllis worked as a nutrition clerk with Mission Hospitals and was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Leo Kocher of Arden; a daughter, Lynn Jones and husband Jimmy of Eddyville, KY and a son, Leo C. Kocher, Jr. and wife Daina of Concord, NC; eight grandchildren, Zachary, Jackson, Natalie, Joshua, Jeremy, Lily, Hunter and Tyler; six brothers, David, William, Stephen and Dennis Hoffman all of Ilion, NY, Tommy Hoffman of Mebane, NC and Michael Hoffman of Clarksburg, VA. A mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday at St. Lawrence Catholic Church with Father Morris Boyd officiating. Interment will follow in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road.

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  1. Know how much she adored her family and how much our family adored her. We will miss Aunt Phyllis. Sending all our love from New York
    Carrie Hoffman

  2. Leo and Family,
    May God our Father,the Son, and the Holy Ghost be with you and your family always. The Lord will comfort, lead and guide you and help you to go on with your life if you let him. He has brought me through losing my husband after 20 years of marriage with 2 teenage sons, and two bouts with cancer 30 years apart.
    We are praying for you and your family. If you need anything please let Martha Jones know and she will let me know.
    May God Bless and Keep you always,

    Love in Christ,

    Martha Jones’ friend,
    Brenda Simmons Wiggins

  3. Leo and family,

    I am sorry for your loss. Please know that you have been in my prayers and will continue being in my prayers.

    May God Bless each of you with the Grace and Peace that you need in the days ahead.

    John Paul McHone
    (Zachary and Jackson’s uncle
    Kathy’s younger brother)

  4. Dear Leo,
    We want to express our sympathy in the death of your wife. We are your neighbors (Lot 41)and even though we have only waved a time or two, we want you to know that we care. These times are so hard on everyone. We have a loved one right now in Solace so we know what you have been going through. Again, please accept our condolences and may God bless you in the days ahead.

    Linda and Alan Plemmons

  5. Dearest Leo and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray God will wrap each of you in his arms and be with you in these days ahead. You and Phyllis we’re such a comfort in the loss of Richard. If there is anything the kids or I can do for you, please let us help. You will be in my prayers. God Bless you all. Your friends truly, Carol,Jim Cyndy,Chris&Josh Steven Perry

  6. Dear Lynn, Jimmy and children,

    I am so sorry that you are having to go through the pain of losing your mother. Though we know she is in a much better place, that does not lessen the pain of losing someone you love so very much. Lean hard on God the next few weeks. He will not let you go! I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

    Dana Trull
    (Rusty’s wife)

  7. Leo and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers and sincere sympathy are with you during this sad time. May your heart be filled with the many good memories you shared over the years.
    May God Bless and keep you.

    Bruce and Carolyn Redmon

  8. To the Kocher Family:
    I have known Mrs Kocher ever since I was in elementary school. My grandmother (Essie Tolbert) worked with her at Mission Hospitals. She always had a smile on her face, and was a great person. I know that she is in heaven now, practicing her flight with her new wings. I know it will be hard for you all now, but please know that she was a wonderful lady and that she will be missed terribly. God Bless you and Keep you. Janet Wofford, Dorral Wofford, Essie Tolbert, Rickey Tolbert (we all worked with her at Mission Hospitals)

  9. Dear Leo and Family,

    We were your neighbors years ago at Worthwoods Apts. We are so sorry to read about Phyllis. She was a very sweet person and I know you will all miss her very much. We are praying for God to comfort you each day as you face life without her.

  10. Dear Leo,
    We were so sorry to hear about Phyllis. Please accept our condolences and may God bless you and your family. He will always be there for you.

    Carol Letts Leonis, Ilion High School, Class of 1956

  11. To the Kocher family,

    We wanted to share our sympathy to your family and know you have been in our thoughts and prayers for many weeks. May god’s strength pull you through this difficult time and know your friends are there to assist in any way.

    Our family has been friends with Lee, Daina, Hunter, & Tyler for several years. They have been great friends and we wanted them to know we are thinking of you all.

    The Henderson’s

  12. Lee,
    Know that you and your family are in our prayers daily. I can understand what you are going through, but know that she is in a much better place. Put the trust of God in your hands and he will take care of everything.

    Jim, Dena and JT (Flash) Ford

  13. Dear Lee,
    You may not remember me, but I worked with both you and Daina in physical therapy in Charlotte. I read your mother’s obituary in the paper and just wanted you to know how very sorry I am for your loss. It’s so hard to lose a parent even though you know they’re in a better place. May you find comfort in God’s love and the love of your family and friends who care so much for you.
    In Sympathy,

  14. I truly enjoyed working with Phyllis for almost seven years at Mission Hospital. She was also very thoughtful to me when I had an extended illness and sent me get well cards to the house which greatly cheered me up. We will miss her very much. God Bless,
    Karen Avedisian- diet tech

  15. Lynn , Leo and family From our family to yours we are so sorry you are having to go thru the lose of another family member. You know God always seems to take the best when he needs another… Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this terriable time ( we grew up with yall in Worthwoods apts)
    The Lunsfords Gary, Clara, Jeanette, Teresa , Lynn , Deborah


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