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Obituary for Janet Horkey

March 1, 2021
Whitman, Massachusetts


Whitman - Janet C Horkey (Occhino), 79 yrs, formerly of Braintree, died peacefully at Beth Israel Deaconess surrounded by her loving family.

She was the wife of the late Albert D Horkey, daughter of the late Mike and Margaret (Shehab) Occhino, and sister of the late Carol Occhino.

Jan was born and raised in Belmont, before moving to Braintree. After graduating from Braintree High in 1958, she worked as an x-ray technician at Quincy Hospital before completing her Master's Degree and becoming a Special Needs teacher... first for DYS, then at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School. She enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, scrapbooking, and taking in foreign exchange students and teachers.

Jan has always lived in service to others. She used to volunteer for FISH (Friends In Service Helping), she took in and cared for many foster children, she was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Whitman and then the Brockton Assembly of God, and she enjoyed being part of the Whitman Cultural Council. However, her greatest love and devotion was for her family, her friends, and her students.

She wanted people to know that... "God's compassion never ends. It is only the Lord's mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is His faithfulness; His loving-kindness begins afresh each day." Lam.3:22,23

She leaves a daughter, Deborah Ribak, of Easton, a son, David Horkey of Whitman, and a grandson, Andrew Ribak of Easton. She also leaves her sister, Linda Mattia, of California.

Visiting hours will be 4 - 7 pm, on Thursday, March 11th, at Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, 135 Union St, Rockland. Funeral service will be private on Friday, March 12th.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Deborah Ribak for the Al & Jan Horkey Memorial Fund, PO Box 254, Whitman, MA 02382. The fund will provide scholarships to Special Needs Whitman-Hanson students going to college. Jan and her husband, Al, together, taught at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School for almost 50 years. This will be their legacy

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Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home

135 Union Street
Rockland, MA 02370
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