Dr. Carol Bocan

Dr. Carol Bocan

Carol Ann Bocan Ph.D., of Conneautville, PA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at Oil City Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.  Dr. Bocan was born on November 5, 1937, daughter of Anna Francis Bernat Bocan and Eugene J. Bocan, Sr., who preceded her in death.  She was very proud of her home town of Conneautville and the Conneaut Valley.  She was Salutatorian of the first graduating class of the newly consolidated Conneaut Valley High School in 1955.  In 1959, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in home economics education from Mercyhurst College.  She earned her Master of Education degree in educational TV production/interior design from the Pennsylvania State University, and her Doctorate in consumer economics/housing and city planning from Florida State University in 1973.  She was an expert in nutrition, consumer education curriculum development, housing and interior design, city planning, management, communications, radio and TV.  She produced and hosted a weekly live television program on nutrition and food preparation for the Florida Power Corporation via WEDU TV for two years.  She has taught at the elementary, secondary, college and university levels at Azalea Junior High in St. Petersburg, FL; H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, FL; Conneaut Valley High School in Conneautville, PA; Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA; Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL; Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL; Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC.  She was department chair at Utah State University in Logan, UT.  She also had been a visiting professor at Allegheny College, Edinboro State University and the University of Hawaii.  In the 1970s, she pioneered the development of college-level courses for television inservice use.  Through her career, she was a consultant for school districts, state boards of education and federal employees.  She held numerous workshops nationally and served as a keynote speaker for various business, professional, healthcare, religious and civic organizations, including seminars and video tapes on hospice training.  She was an emeritus member of Phi Delta Kappa and was featured in Who’s Who of American Women and the World Who’s Who of Women in Education.  Carol always joined the choir in the local Catholic church wherever she lived.  Since she moved “back home” in 1982, she has served as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Religious Education teacher and Choir member at St Peter in Conneautville.  She chaired the St. Peter Sesquicentennial Committee in 2003.  She was a member of St. Peter Altar and Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters of America Court Columbia #2 in Meadville and Crawford County Cursillo.  She was one of the first to become an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph.  The Rosary was her favorite prayer.  She served as a school director for Conneaut School District for 24 years and on the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit Board of Directors for 22 years, with two years as president.  She served on the Conneaut Valley Economic and Industrial Development board for 25 years and was a driving force for the development and promotion of the Conneaut Valley Historical Canal Park, having written and received numerous grants to fund its development, expansion and maintenance.  Over the years, Dr. Bocan was the recipient of numerous civic and professional awards.  She was a member of Conneautville Womans Club and Rundells Grange.  She served on the board of United Way of Crawford County and was a member of Meadville Rotary as well as Meadville Business and Professional Women’s Club and the Meadville Branch of American Association of University Women.  She was active in the Crawford County Republican Party and served as Committeewoman for Conneautville Borough.  She was a tireless volunteer and said, “I’ve done my duty to God and my country”.  Carol is survived by her brother, Eugene J. Bocan, Jr. (Vicki) of Conneautville; her nephew and godson, E.J. Bocan III (Abbie) of Kent, OH; her niece, Dr. Elizabeth Wilhelm (Brian) and their son Archer, of Raleigh, NC, and several cousins, four of whom are double-cousins: Ann Collins, John Bernat, Theresa Bean and Peter Bernat.  Family and friends may pay respects starting at 10 AM on Saturday, March 4 at St. Peter Church, 501 Washington St., Conneautville, PA, where Catholic Daughters of America Court Columbia #2 will lead a prayer at 10:15 followed by Carol’s Funeral Mass at 11 AM, with interment at St. Peter Cemetery.  Friends and family are encouraged to stay for a luncheon and celebration of life at St. Peter Social Hall.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. Peter Cemetery Fund, c/o St Philip Church, 401 S. Mercer St., Linesville, PA 16424. Arrangements are under the care of Mattera Funeral Home, Albion, PA.


Left by  “Judi Wright and Eileen McDonald” on 03/05/2023

Sending prayers and hugs. This beautiful lady tests in Jesus
arms. She will forever be in our hearts as a champion of the Rosary.

Left by  “Joyce Keenan” on 02/28/2023


Left by  “Mark & Karen Lucas” on 02/26/2023

Our deepest condolences for your loss. Our hearts are with the family.

Left by  “George & Theresa Yurcic” on 02/25/2023

Please accept our sincere sympathy to the family.

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