Agnes R. Hockett


March 30, 1935 - Jan. 11, 2013



Agnes R. Hockett, 77, of Merrill, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice. She was born March 30, 1935, in Waukesha, the daughter of the late Ernest and Christine (Dahl) Pettis.


She married Neil J. Hockett on June 4, 1955, in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death April 26, 2000.


Agnes was born and raised in the Waukesha area. She and her husband owned and operated several businesses over the years, including the Our Place tavern and the Do Drive In restaurant. Agnes most recently worked 21 1/2 years at the Merrill Walmart Store, retiring at the age of 75. Agnes loved to travel with her daughters, spending the holidays with family gathered and quilting with the Habitat for Humanity quilters. She also enjoyed sewing, growing African violets and Christmas cactus and eating out with her friends. Agnes will be remembered as a very sweet and kind person.


She is survived by four daughters, E. Rene’ (Jerome) Daley and Roxane (Dennis) Pike, both of Merrill, Raeane (Lloyd) Skinner of Phoenix, Ariz., and Rhonda (Sandy DeWeese) Hockett of Durham, N.C.; one son, Ronald Hockett of Appleton; one stepdaughter, Connie Green of Milwaukee; one sister, Phyllis Howlett of Oconomowoc; and two brothers, Robert (Shirley “Daisy”) Pettis of Waukesha and Carl (Wilma) Pettis of Eagle. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.


Along with her parents and husband, Agnes was preceded in death by a sister, Bernice Billings; two brothers, LeRoy, and a brother in infancy; and one great-grandson who died in infancy.


Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Christ United Methodist Church in Merrill. The Rev. Don Entenman will officiate. Inurnment will be in Merrill Memorial Park. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Waid Funeral Home and again on Thursday at the church from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.


The Waid Funeral Home, 715-536-4646, is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online tributes may be made at