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Louis Stephan HoffmanDeacon Louis S Hoffman
Born inÂ N.J. to MartinÂ and Rose Hoffman Lou spent his childhood in NJ.
As one of the greatest generation, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1944.Â Â Lou's WWII service was with the 15th Air Force, 451st Bomb Group , 724th Squadron, 15th crew. His positions were that of radio operator, navigator, top and side gunner. He married Shirley B Sawyer in 1947. In their 66 years of marriage they traveled and lived all over the US and Europe. He flew in the Berlin airlift, flew with air/sea rescue out of Newfound Land, and finished his career in radar and missiles. Â After serving 26 years in the Air Force, Lou was retired honorably in California at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. He then embarked on a new career of over 20 years with Varian in wave guide technology.
Â Lou was 4th Order in the Knights of Columbus. Â Fulfilling a lifelong dream,Â Lou was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of San Francisco in 1979. He transferred to the Diocese of San Jose when it was established. He was a Deacon at St. Julies in San Jose California and Our Lady of the Lake Big Lake Alaska. He led an exemplary life of helping others. He was involved in youth groups and established church teen groups, such as JOY (Jesus Over You), he was involved in prison ministry, and the Head Start program.
Â After retiring from Varian, Lou joined several of his children in Alaska where along with his wife enjoyed the wilderness, fishing and family. Then per doctor's suggestion moved to a warmer climate, so ventured to Texas to join other children and their families. Â
Lou is predeceased by 7 sibling, his wife Shirley of 66 years in 2013, his son Ronald in 2007, daughters in-law Margaret and Kathy, grandson Glenn, granddaughter Daniella.Â Â Survived by 8 children and their spouses, Marty (Patty), Dan (Karen), Susan (John), Kathy (Stan), Cheryl (Jeff), Pete, Mike (Michelle), Art (Irene). Lou is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He led a life devoted to God, the Catholic Church, country, and family. Lou left a legacy of love and will be missed by his family and all those lives he touched.
A Mass celebrating the life of Lou will be at St. Catherine's, Carrollton, Texas on Tuesday 1/29/19.
Interment at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery at 1:15 1/29/19.
Some day after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of Love. And then for the second time in the history of the world man will have discovered FIRE...... Â de Chardin
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Dear Hoffman Family, I was just Googling random names out of the past the other day and came across this. I am sorry for your loss, but full of JOY that Mr. Hoffman had such a long and happy life. I will never forget wonderful times spent at JOY on Sunday evenings at Santa Teresa Church, the fellowship, the weekend retreats and other outings. And it was because of JOY that I was blessed to know Mr & Mrs Hoffman, my great friend Kathy, and the entire Hoffman Clan. I was blessed to spend many, many Happy times with them. Moments I will forever treasure. I am a much better person having known this wonderful, warm family. Mr & Mrs Hoffman are at peace now in the arms of God. If there were ever Angels on earth, these were two of the Greatest. My love and prayers to the family. May you be filled with JOY in your memories. Love, Steve Plummer
Steve Plummer Mar 28 2019 12:00 AM
To Deacon Lou's family: Linda and I are so sad to hear of his death. He was a great person! As was your mom! What a team they were. We would drive from Anchorage in the winter just to hear his sermons. And a great man of God. I am at a loss of words but we loved him, dearly.
Linda Ray and Suzie Whitt Feb 6 2019 12:00 AM
We have fond memories of Lou and Shirley in Alaska. Good days and not so good days! Not so good visits in Palmer hospital but great days in Big Lake. What a gift they were to the local community after the large fire that left many homeless. They were selfless in caring for everyone. Our condolences to all the family. A long life well spent in the service of his country and so many people. May he now rest on peace along with his beloved Shirley.
Deacon Felix and Agnes Mahuirr Jan 31 2019 12:00 AM
Rest In Peace, Sweet Lou, we hold our memories of you and Shirley, your "kids" and families, in our hearts forever. Reading his obituary taught us even more about the wonderful man you were, and if I may, I would only add that in 1982, you and Shirley "adopted" a 28 year old "scared" little single Mom of two little girls, new to San Jose and St. Julie's, in the front lobby of our Church, and treated us always with love and care. You and the SJ community welcomed us with open arms and shared a wonderful life of love of God and community with us. Sharing weddings, birthdays, BBQ's, camping trips and more, only brought our families closer. We know you have been welcomed into Heaven with JOY. Ken and I, and Donna and Sarah (Evans), will hold your memory always in our hearts, and send our sympathy and love to each and all of your family.
Ken and Rosanne Peterson Jan 29 2019 12:00 AM
Dear Hoffman Family, Lou will always hold a special place in our hearts. He was a kind and loving example to all of us! We send our love to you all. Kathy and Zach
Kathy Schroeder Jan 29 2019 12:00 AM
Deacon Lou and Shirley were tireless workers in the Catholic church in Alaska. While they were assigned to Our Lady of the Lake, at Big Lake, the number of people attending mass ballooned--maybe doubled, or more--so they spearheaded a very practical but pretty expansion of the church, which, if I remember correctly was constructed without debt! If there was a need, they found a way to address it; for example, when a huge, historic fire swept through the Big Lake Community in 1996, they opened "Deacon's Attic", a thrift store that accepted gently used clothes for distribution to fire victims. I think that they created an impromptu soup kitchen for a while during that time to feed people displaced by the fire. The success of the parish was their undoing; they created such a large, vibrant, active parish with so much going on that they wore literally themselves out and had to leave for health reasons. As their health allowed, they both continued to serve for several years in Sacred Heart parish in Wasilla, Alaska. . . .Deacon Lou & Shirley were incredibly generous people with their time, energy and talents!
Anne Kilkenny Jan 27 2019 12:00 AM
My deepest condolences to the Family on the lost of your dear loved one our average life span is 70yrs or 80yrs if especially strong (Psalm 90:10) Mr Hoffman lived beyond that living a full life may you find comfort in God's promise that we will be able to see our loved ones again (John 5:28,29)
Elaine Jan 26 2019 12:00 AM
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