Bernice Hoke

September 5, 1929August 5, 2018
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Hoke, Bernice Phillips, age 88 of Dayton Ohio passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Miami Valley South Hospital in Centerville. Bernice was born September 5, 1929 in Hiltons, Virginia to Mamie Clark Phillips. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Robert Lee Hoke, Sr. She is survived by her son, Robert Hoke, Jr. of Mission Viejo Ca.; her daughter Sylvia Murphy (Tom) Gorman of Santa Fe, NM; two grandsons, Todd Murphy of Chicago and Mark B. Murphy of Boston; two great grandsons, Ciaran & Finnian Murphy of Boston; son-in-law, Michael (Mary Louise) Murphy; granddaughter Michaela Murphy; special cousin, Mary Matteucii; and special friends, Marianne Rosenkranz, Mary Wilson, Ann & Mike Erbaugh. Bernice was a very kind, caring & loving mother, grandmother and friend. She always put others first and had quite a mischievous sense of humor. She had a great sense of style and color which she applied to her work at Diana Shops of New York and K Mart. In her life she participated in many worthwhile & philanthropic activities. She was a very spiritual person and will be dearly missed. The family would like to thank Kim, Lisa & all others who gave Mom loving care at St. Leonards Health & Rehab Center. Friends may call from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 13, 2018 at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME – FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Ave. at Rahn Rd., Dayton, Ohio 45429. Funeral service 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the funeral home. Pastor Donald Payne officiating. Interment Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association (stroke). Condolences may be made to


  • Visitation Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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Marianne Rosenkranz

August 10, 2018

Bernice was such a dear friend to me and a best friend to my mom. Bernice and my mom always loved being together and they were so close right up until my mom passed away. I know they are together now laughing about old times. I also loved visiting Bernice and we would reminisce about all our fun trips together … Bernice and Sylvia and my mom and I traveled to baton contests on week-ends. We always had so much fun together and I have such fond memories of all of us laughing and telling the same funny stories over and over again. I loved hearing the stories from Bernice, even more as time went by, because those memories brought my mom back to me and it was so comforting. Sylvia and I LOVED being with our moms. We were always so proud of our moms for being so beautiful and so much fun too! I will always treasure our times together. Bernice was so sweet and beautiful, inside and out, and had such a fun and funny personality with the best laugh! I will fondly remember Bernice forever!
My deepest sympathy and love to Sylvia and Bob and all of their family.
Love, Marianne

Linda Kinney

August 9, 2018

I worked for Mrs. Hoke at Kmart. She was always dressed stylish and her hair was never out of place. She was a hard worker and she always wore high heels, such a fashionable and proud woman. I have many happy memories of her, as I am sure her friends and family do. May those memories warm your hearts in your time of need. God bless.

Mark Murphy

August 8, 2018

Bernice certainly was mischievious. One autumn afternoon my Grandma had my brother and I stuffing old news papers, pillows, etc into my Grandfather’s old clothes. She helped create a ‘head’ and topped it with a wig and hat. Of course when it was determined that an errand need to be run this stuffed person was sitting shotgun next to my Grandma why the rest of us rode in back. Boy she could get us all laughing especially when she constantly put the mannequin’s arm around ‘Rudy’ (her nick name for my Grandfather).