Olga Hoyer, age 86, of Milton, died peacefully Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Heartwarming House, Milton. She was born in Odessa, Ukraine on Dec. 9, 1927, the daughter of Frederick and Olga (Wesch) Hochhalter. Olga and her family endured numerous hardships and tragedies in their lives including Stalin’s Great Famine and ultimately fleeing the country and the Communist regime. She made her way to Chicago in 1953 and on July 2, 1955, she married William Hoyer. He preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 1985. They always found opportunity to share their faith and minister to others. Her rich Christian heritage helped guide her through the difficult times and she passed that onto her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her 3 children: Herb (Marion) Hoyer of Arlington Heights, IL, Betty (Jack) Petry of Milton, David Hoyer of Wildwood, IL; 7 grandchildren: Erica Petry, Jenny (Zach) Dombrowski, Justine (Nathan) Willar, Becky (fiance’ John Napoleon) Hoyer, David Petry, Brian (fiance’ Jenni Getka) Petry, and Sarah Hoyer; 3 siblings: Melitta Nagel of Whitehall, MT, Paula (Tony) Chachula of Oak Lawn, IL, and Ella Schmidt of Hot Springs, AR. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and 2 sisters, Lydia Borowsky and Clara Pareigat.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:00 until 6:30 p.m. followed by memorial services at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday March 5, 2014, at the SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY, Janesville with Rev. Tim Erickson officiating. Interment will take place in Irving Park Cemetery, Chicago. An additional visitation and service will be held on Thursday, March 6 at the HARVEST BIBLE CHAPEL, 800 Rohlwing Rd., Rolling Meadows, IL. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service at 6:30 p.m. Memorials would be appreciated to the Heartwarming House, Milton.
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