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John Hoffman, age 83, with a gentle heart and fervent will for life, passed into the care of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, May 12, 2014.
He was born to the late John and Helen Diemert Hoffman on October 16, 1930, in Erie, Pa.
John graduated from East High School in 1949, and served his country in the U.S. Air Force, for four years. He was employed with U.S. Printing and Lithograph and Diamond International, as well as Trumball Supply and DoAll Industrial Sales.
John was an active member of Our Lady of Peace Parish, the American Legion, Post 771, the Knights of Columbus, and People for Life in Erie. He enjoyed reading, Civil War history, and above all, cherished all his time being around his family.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Buzard and grandson, Brian Shulkosky.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Patricia Casey Hoffman, three daughters, Cindy Shulkosky (Mark), Ann Marie Dudek (Ed), Patty Chipoletti, and son, Tim Hoffman (Patty), all of Erie, 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and two sisters, Marie and Pauline.
Friends may call on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home Inc., 2502 Sassafras St., Erie, PA 16502, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. All are invited for a prayer service, Thursday, May 22, 2014, in the chapel of Our Lady of the Lake, 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro, PA 16412, at 9:30 a.m., followed by the funeral mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church at 10:30 a.m., celebrated by his grandson, Rev. Daniel Hoffman, with all his surviving grandchildren to help in celebrating Pup's life.
Entombment will be in Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, 5711 West Lake Rd., Erie, PA 16505.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to People for Life, 1625 West 26th St., Erie, PA 16508.
Published in the Erie Times-News on May 20, 2014