Jocelyn DeShong Rohde, 81, died peacefully at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, on September 20, 2014, with her family at her side. The cause was cancer of the pancreas.
A memorial service will be held Monday, October 13, at 1:30 p.m. at Christ Church, Cañon City, Colorado. A memorial service took place in Homer, Alaska on Tuesday, September 23.
Jocie had a keen curiosity about places and people, a boundless spirit of adventure, and an unquenchable joy in the wonders of creation and the natural world. She loved gardening, sewing and quilting, and above all, hiking.
In 1987, Jocie and her husband John were called to be the directors of El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. They planned to serve three years, but stayed for more than nine. At El Hogar, “Doña Jocie” wore many hats: administrator, teacher, fundraiser, hair cutter, chief hug giver and stand-in mother to literally hundreds of children. During the Rohdes’ tenure, El Hogar grew from two campuses serving 125 children to three campuses serving 175 children. After returning to the U.S., Jocie continued as an El Hogar board member until 2012.
You could often find Jocie making quilts, comforters, and quilted bags. At her Colorado parishes, she helped start a project of making blankets for all newborns at the local hospital. She donated numerous items to church fundraisers; her quilts and comforters grace beds all over Fremont County, Colorado. Up to her death she was still sewing on her beloved Singer featherweight, a first Christmas gift from her husband.
Jocelyn is survived by her husband of 63 years, John; her three children, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, her brother, numerous nieces and nephews, and all of us who loved her. Jocie was much beloved and will be sorely missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to El Hogar Ministries, 70 Church Street, Winchester, MA 01890; or St. Augustines’ Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 4274, Homer, AK 99603-4274.
Read the full obituary posted on the Homer News website, here.