Hope  East


Hope East, 84, Kokomo, passed away at 12:42 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born Dec. 31, 1934, in East Chicago, Indiana, to Francisco and Antonia (Garcia) Hernandez. She was loved and raised by Petra and Estaban Diaz. On May 6, 1955, she married Jerry W. East, in Crown Point, Indiana. He preceded her in death May 26, 2018.
Hope was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and was active in the Texas Migrant Council and as a Girl Scout troop leader. She enjoyed sewing, camping and traveling with her family, especially her trips to Canada and Mexico.
Hope is survived by her children, Cynthia Bizjak and her husband Steven, Renee Ripberger, and Rochelle Kinney; grandchildren, Jason Bizjak and his wife Jenny Fawbush, Fort Wayne, Joseph Bizjak, Pleasant Ridge, Michigan, Mary Elizabeth Kinney, Kokomo, and Patrick Kinney, Broad Ripple; great-grandchildren, Luke Fawbush and Maxwell Jerry Bizjak; sister, Sonia Sanchez; and brother, Raymond Franco, along with several nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Judy East.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her adopted parents who raised her; her sister, Connie Prieto; and son-in-law, Richard Ripberger.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3155 S. 200 West, Kokomo. Burial will take place at a later date in Albright Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Hope's memory to Indy Honor Flight, P.O. Box 10, Plainfield, IN 46168, or to Premier Hospice, 2529 Commerce Drive, Suite A, Kokomo, IN 46902. Messages of condolence can be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on February 10, 2019
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11 posts

Geralyn Ellis
Feb 12, 2019
My sincere condolences. God grant you all his Graces of Faith, Hope, Love and Comfort.
Lillie Maze
Feb 12, 2019
Rochelle I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. All the sharing you have shared over the years I know that she was an incredible person. Praying for you
Jack Rosa
Feb 12, 2019
Rip Mrs East
Georganne Harris Archambault
Feb 11, 2019
So sorry for your loss so soon after losing your Dad! Our prayers will be with you.
Mel Rethlake
Feb 11, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers!
Jenell Shippy
Feb 11, 2019
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing You are all in my thoughts and prayers! Bless you all, take care of one another!!
Love to you all,
Jerry snow
Feb 11, 2019
Sorry for loss prayers for you and your family Renee.
Kathy Rust
Feb 11, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family...what a wonderful lady that shared many gifts that she offered/shared with others~
Erin Bennett & Children
Feb 11, 2019
Thinking of and praying for your family. You will be missed Granny Hope.
Gene Kostrewa
Feb 11, 2019
As your heart is broken I pray Cindy for Gods strength for you and your family.. May he cover you ALL with his love that your Mom shared.
Brenda Hollinger Cochran
Feb 10, 2019
Thinking of all of you and remembering Hope. Summertime family reunions in Kokomo during the 1970's are a favorite memory. May you be comforted by the fragrance of the flower long after the bloom fades.