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Jack Hoerner


Born in Harrisburg on October 17, 1946, he was the son of Ernestine DeWees Hoerner of Steelton, and the late Edward M. Hoerner Jr.

He retired after 34 years as a math and science teacher from the Steelton-Highspire School District, where he was head high school basketball and baseball coach, and a football coach. He was also head basketball coach for Cedar Cliff High School. Jack retired after 10 years of service from the Pennsylvania Department of Education as an assessment and accountability coordinator where he helped to develop the science portions of the PSSA tests and was the NAEP coordinator at his retirement.

Jack was a motor coach driver for Rohrer Bus Service for several years; was a 1964 graduate of Steelton-Highspire High School, and in 1970 received his bachelor of science degree in education from Penn State University; he served with the Army National Guard during the Vietnam War era; was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and its Seekers Sunday School Class, the Sanctuary Choir, and the Trinity Bell Ringers; he was also a member of the Steelton-Swatara Lodge #775, F&AM; and was an avid fan of Penn State football and all Philadelphia sports teams.

In addition to his father, Jack was also preceded in death by a brother Leroy R. Hoerner.

In addition to his mother, Jack is survived by his high school sweetheart and beloved wife of almost 46 years, Karen Wagner Hoerner, whom he married on October 21, 1967; three daughters Jan M. Baumgardner, Jill S. Miller, wife of Rich, and Kristen L. Hoerner, all of Middletown; three granddaughters Madison L. Baumgardner, Skylar M. Baumgardner, and Sydney M. W. Miller; two brothers Ronald W. Hoerner, husband of Susan, and David T. Hoerner, husband of Karen, all of Steelton; and many nieces and nephews, as well as several children and grandchildren of the heart.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 18 at his church, 210 W. Main St., Hummels-town.  

Interment with military honors will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Lower Paxton Township.  

Friends are invited to the viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 17 at Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 W. Main St., Hummelstown, and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service in the church’s narthex.  

In honor of Jack’s passion for the Nittany Lions, please feel free to wear your Penn State attire to his viewings and service.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 W. Main St., Hummels-town, PA 17036; or to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT  06851.

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