SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

May 7, 2013

Virginia Hoak, 89


Peabody, MA — Virginia (Potter) Hoak, 89, formerly of Beverly and Wenham, beloved wife of 43 years to the late Paul W. Hoak, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, surrounded by family.

Born and raised in North Beverly, the daughter of the late Hillard and Elsie (Blades) Potter, she was a graduate of Beverly High School, Class of 1941. She subsequently began working in the cost department at the United Shoe Machine Corp., where she met her husband. They married in 1949 following the War and moved to Wenham. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Wenham for many years.

Ginny loved to be outdoors and participating in sports. She played golf and tennis at the Shoe Club, along with badminton and bowling. She helped to run activities at the Shoe Country Club during the War when a lot of men were overseas and volunteered at Beverly Hospital as a nurse’s aide when there was a lack of nurses.

Ginny was a stay-at-home mother until 1964 when she joined the staff of Shore Country Day School in Beverly to teach sports. From 1968 to 1985 she fulfilled a position as the head master’s secretary at the school.

After 51 years in Wenham, she moved to Brooksby Village in Peabody in 2002, where she was an active member of the community. She was an avid Mah Jongg and Rummi Kub player and loved doing her morning crossword puzzle. Ginny was a devoted and passionate Red Sox and Patriots fan, rarely missing a game in the past few years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Wallace and her husband, Gary of Atkinson, N.H.; a son, Douglas Hoak and his wife, Lorrie of Hamilton; two grandchildren, Christopher Wallace and his wife, Kelli of Georgetown, and Natalie Hoak of Waltham; a great-granddaughter, Elliana Wallace; several nieces and nephews and two special longtime friends, Arlene Trask of Beverly, and Rita Walker of Brooksby Village. She was also the sister of the late Lawrence Potter, Richard Potter and his wife, Mary.

ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial funeral services will be held at the Chapel at Brooksby Village, 100 Brooksby Village Dr., Peabody, Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A reception will be held following the service. A private burial was held in the Wenham Cemetery. Arrangements made by the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., North Beverly. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, 601 Upland Ave., Upland, PA, 10915. Information, directions, condolences can be found at www.campbellfuneral.com.