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Walter Hoffman

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Walter H. Hoffman 1935-2012 STEPHENTOWN Walter Harry Hoffman, 77 of Route 43 died on Wednesday July 18th at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer, with his loving family by his side under the care of Community Hospice of Rensselaer County. Born June 19, 1935 in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., he was the son of the late Walter Bernard Hoffman and Flora Lillian Downing. He was educated in the Hoosick Falls Central School system and joined the National Guard at the age of 18, serving 6 years. He was also a member of the Hoosick Falls Fire Department while there. Walter was employed at the Nancy Shoe factory in Hoosick Falls when he met the love of his life, Stella Sweener. They were married at St. Joseph's Church in Stephentown on April 25, 1959. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2009. Walter enjoyed roller skating when he was younger and in later years took pleasure in creating woodworking gifts for his loved ones. His work history included Nancy Shoe, Larabee Fuel, Avery Tractor/Samson, Ulysses Sweener Carpentry and the Carpenter's Union Local #78. He worked at Zwack's, Inc. in Stephentown as a machine operator until his retirement in 2009 after 30 years of service. Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years Stella, daughters Janice (Lloyd) Hartnett of Stephentown, Kathleen (John) Klein of Pittsfield, sister Linda K. Sweener of Stephentown, grandchildren Nadina Hartnett, Rebecca Lane, Crystal Soncini, John Klein Jr. along with great-grandchildren Codie Lane and Nolan Messenger. Besides his parents, Walter was predeceased by two sisters Lois M Springer and pamela Sands. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be celebrated by family friend Rev. John Close on Monday, July 23rd at 11 a.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 732 US 20, New Lebanon. Cremation will follow. Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 NY 43, Stephentown on Sunday, July 22nd from 3 to 6 p.m. The family request that in lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Walter Harry Hoffman may be made to the Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 20, 2012
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