Jay passed away in his beloved Italy after a battle with cancer, on April 9. He was born July 27, 1953.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Hoch; his three children, Michael, Matteo and Valentina and two grandsons, Christian and Federico. Also surviving is Rita Riva Hoch, the mother of his children; his sisters, Judith Hoch (Donna Prince) Wray, Indianapolis, and Anita (Rudy) Ketchem, Wabash; two uncles, Loren Hoch, Akron, Ohio and Meredith Speicher, Wabash; three nieces, Jessica (David) Wray-Nieves, New York City, Valarie VanCamp Omlor, Fort Wayne, and Kelley (Matt) VanCamp Sarll, Wabash; one nephew, Daniel Wray, Boston, Mass.; six cousins also survive, Karen (Jim) Thompson, and Colleen (Gregg) Gatzimos-Reed, Wabash, and Coral Kirby, Indianapolis, Jeff (Ellie) Hoch, Boston, Mass., Tom (Karen) Hoch, Akron , Ohio, and Stan (Skip Camp) Hoch, Miami, Fla. Jay was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Carol Hoch and an infant brother, Wayne Ray Hoch.
Jay moved to Italy in 1974 to get married and lived there until his death. He is still fondly remembered by many in Wabash County, including friends and classmates from Southwood High School class of 1971.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate Jay's life on Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m. at the LaFontaine United Methodist Church, 4 East Kendall Street, LaFontaine.
Memorials may be sent to the LaFontaine Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society, in Jay's name.