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MARLBOROUGH – Julia (Ramirez) Hochen, 96, of Marlborough died Sunday November 14, 2021 at Waterview Lodge & Rehabilitation in Ashland.

She was the wife of the late Otto Hochen who died in 2008.

She was born and raised in San Francisco, La Union, Guatemala; the daughter of the late Manuel Ramirez and Eusebia Hernandez.

She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Northborough and served as a regular pioneer for 33 years, volunteering her time to teach others about the bible. She was mild, humble, and kind-hearted. She had the best sense of humor and loved to dance.

She leaves four sons, Juan Eduardo,  Manuel, Ferdinan, and Ismar Dario; four daughters, Laura Esperanza, Elvira, Susel, and Georgina; three sisters, Felisa, Olga, and Consuelo; forty-two grandchildren; 58 great grandchildren; 14 great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by five children.

A graveside service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in Dell Park Cemetery in Natick.

Calling hours and funeral services will be private.

All are invited to sign Julia’s online guestbook at

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Collins Funeral Home, 378 Lincoln Street, Marlborough

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.