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Florence Eileen Hoving

Batavia, Illinois

June 25, 1942 - June 8, 2024

Florence Eileen Hoving Obituary

Florence S. Hoving, 81, formerly of Lombard, IL passed away on Saturday June 8, 2024, in Elburn, IL surrounded by her family. Florence was born on June 25, 1942, the daughter of Daniel T Smyth, Sr. and Florence Smyth (nee. McNichols). Florence was united in marriage to David T. Hoving (d.) on October 15, 1966, in Lombard, IL. Florence is survived by ten children, Christopher (Christine) Hoving, James (Katie) Hoving, Daniel (Kelli Jo) Hoving, Jeanette (Mark) Halm, Ann (Phil) Kosmala, Charles (Maura) Hoving, William (Amanda) Hoving, Raymond (Erin) Hoving, Kathleen (Tom) Delgatto, Margaret (Tim) Jacobs; forty-one grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Florence is also survived by her sisters Ellen Smyth and Marguerite (Thomas) Healy and brother Daniel T. (Connie) Smyth, Jr. and 16 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents; sister Theresa and her husband Patrick Burke and sisters-in-law Ruth Hoving and Catherine Hoving and their parents, Raymond and Concetta (nee Cerceo) Hoving. If it isn’t evident now, family was an outsized part of her life.


Florence was educated at Sacred Heart School in Lombard, Illinois, Sacred Heart Academy in Lisle, St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Illinois, and Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish for 65 years. She lived her faith daily, putting her Catholic faith first, never cared for material belongings and loved and protected her family. She insisted that her children continue the Catholic education, all of whom graduated (some barely) from Sacred Heart and Montini Catholic High School, in Lombard, Illinois. If it isn’t evident by now, Sacred Heart Parish and School was an outsized part of her life.


Being of pure-blood Irish descent, this otherwise quiet redhead was as fiery and stubborn as they come. When Florence was a teenager, she was informed by her family doctor that she would never be able to have children, and her reply was that she intended to have ten. Mission accomplished. While the sound of a crying baby is a natural deterrent for most humans, Florence thought it was music to her ears. She knew that a strong cry was a sign of health and vitality of the baby, which was God’s precious gift. She was a cheerleader of Moms everywhere, was always encouraging and never judgmental when it came to the mothers in her life. She exuded joy at the news of each new baby in the family through the years.


As chaos ensued through the years, Florence longed for nothing but “Peace and Love”. She was the model of self-sacrifice, working full-time as a teacher and in administrative roles at The Glen Ellyn Clinic, Elmhurst College and the Village of Lombard, all while raising a large family. She loved gardening, reading, and at least endured thousands of sporting events of her children who were at best mediocre athletes. Her only vice was enjoying the smooth feel of Parliament Light coupled with a hot tea while taking the time to do the daily crossword puzzle. Philip Morris and Earl Grey never had a stauncher advocate.


Florence was an English Literature major, reader, crossworder and professional dreamer. In her own words, she documented how she felt the “words were slipping away” at the early signs of Alzheimer’s. As the disease progressed, she spent the last four and a half years homebound and quiet, with the daily loving care of her daughters, Jean Halm and Ann Kosmala, in Ann’s home in Elburn. The last laugh of this stubborn redhead was to show the world that for four years she was finally going to get her Peace and Love. Mission accomplished.


A life well lived based in Faith and Family.


Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 South Batavia Avenue Batavia, Illinois. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday June 12, 2024, beginning at the Funeral Home with prayers at 9:30 AM for immediate family members. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM at Holy Cross Church, 2300 Main Street Batavia, Illinois. Interment will be at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in Geneva, IL.


 Memorial contributions in Florence’s name may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, www.svdpusa.org


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Florence Eileen Hoving hosted by Moss Family Funeral Homes.

Florence S. Hoving, 81, formerly of Lombard, IL passed away on Saturday June 8, 2024, in Elburn, IL surrounded by her family. Florence was born on June 25, 1942, the daughter of Daniel T Smyth, Sr. and Florence Smyth (nee. McNichols). Florence was united in marriage to David T. Hoving (d.) on October 15, 1966, in Lombard, IL. Florence is survived by ten children, Christopher (Christine) Hoving, James (Katie) Hoving, Daniel (Kelli Jo) Hoving, Jeanette (Mark) Halm, Ann (Phil) Kosmala, Charles (Maura) Hoving, William (Amanda) Hoving, Raymond (Erin) Hoving, Kathleen (Tom) Delgatto, Margaret (Tim) Jacobs; forty-one grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Florence is also survived by her sisters Ellen Smyth and Marguerite (Thomas) Healy and brother Daniel T. (Connie) Smyth, Jr. and 16 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents; sister Theresa and her husband Patrick Burke and sisters-in-law Ruth Hoving and Catherine Hoving and their parents, Raymond and Concetta (nee Cerceo) Hoving. If it isn’t evident now, family was an outsized part of her life.


Florence was educated at Sacred Heart School in Lombard, Illinois, Sacred Heart Academy in Lisle, St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Illinois, and Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish for 65 years. She lived her faith daily, putting her Catholic faith first, never cared for material belongings and loved and protected her family. She insisted that her children continue the Catholic education, all of whom graduated (some barely) from Sacred Heart and Montini Catholic High School, in Lombard, Illinois. If it isn’t evident by now, Sacred Heart Parish and School was an outsized part of her life.


Being of pure-blood Irish descent, this otherwise quiet redhead was as fiery and stubborn as they come. When Florence was a teenager, she was informed by her family doctor that she would never be able to have children, and her reply was that she intended to have ten. Mission accomplished. While the sound of a crying baby is a natural deterrent for most humans, Florence thought it was music to her ears. She knew that a strong cry was a sign of health and vitality of the baby, which was God’s precious gift. She was a cheerleader of Moms everywhere, was always encouraging and never judgmental when it came to the mothers in her life. She exuded joy at the news of each new baby in the family through the years.


As chaos ensued through the years, Florence longed for nothing but “Peace and Love”. She was the model of self-sacrifice, working full-time as a teacher and in administrative roles at The Glen Ellyn Clinic, Elmhurst College and the Village of Lombard, all while raising a large family. She loved gardening, reading, and at least endured thousands of sporting events of her children who were at best mediocre athletes. Her only vice was enjoying the smooth feel of Parliament Light coupled with a hot tea while taking the time to do the daily crossword puzzle. Philip Morris and Earl Grey never had a stauncher advocate.


Florence was an English Literature major, reader, crossworder and professional dreamer. In her own words, she documented how she felt the “words were slipping away” at the early signs of Alzheimer’s. As the disease progressed, she spent the last four and a half years homebound and quiet, with the daily loving care of her daughters, Jean Halm and Ann Kosmala, in Ann’s home in Elburn. The last laugh of this stubborn redhead was to show the world that for four years she was finally going to get her Peace and Love. Mission accomplished.


A life well lived based in Faith and Family.


Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 South Batavia Avenue Batavia, Illinois. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday June 12, 2024, beginning at the Funeral Home with prayers at 9:30 AM for immediate family members. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM at Holy Cross Church, 2300 Main Street Batavia, Illinois. Interment will be at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in Geneva, IL.


 Memorial contributions in Florence’s name may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, www.svdpusa.org


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Florence Eileen Hoving hosted by Moss Family Funeral Homes.

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