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Brian Nicholas Hoeflinger, 18, of Ottawa Hills, OH, died unexpectedly February 2, 2013. Brian was a senior at Ottawa Hills High School, with aspirations of attending the University of North Carolina and becoming an orthodontist one day. Brian was born in Rochester, New York, where he lived until age 4 1/2 and his family moved back to Toledo, OH. He attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Sylvania, where he graduated from 8th grade. He then attended St. John's Jesuit High School for three years, where he excelled academically, achieving a 4.5 GPA. He was also on the varsity golf team at SJJHS. After three years at St. John's, he decided he wanted to go outside his comfort zone and try something new, thus transferring to Ottawa Hills High School his senior year. Once again, Brian excelled academically and, in addition, became a member of the varsity golf team, which went to state finals. More importantly, Brian became part of the Green Bear Nation and was loved by many.

Brian had great love, for his family and friends, for animals, for a beautiful sunset. He loved playing golf, spending time with his friends, going out for a good dinner and his dogs, Nautica and Ellie. He was proud of his accomplishments but he had a great compassion for others. He always felt other people's pain and empathized with their feelings. He had a deep faith that many may not have known about and that he was just beginning to express. Brian was a very upbeat person and no matter what mood you were in, he always found a way to make a person laugh. His new friends at Ottawa Hills nicknamed him, "Goofy" because of this quirky side of his personality. Brian loved all sports and enjoying supporting his school, especially girl's basketball.

Brian is survived by his parents, Cindy and Brian Hoeflinger; his brother, Kevin (15); his sisters, Julie (14) and Christie (11); his maternal grandmother, Joanne Burroughs; aunt, Inga Hoeflinger Block (Mike); uncles, Teddy (Robin), Wes "George" and Eric and cousins, Katherine and Erik Block. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ingrid and Theodore Hoeflinger and Eldon Burroughs; as well as his uncle, James Burroughs.

Brian will be greatly missed by everyone; his mission on Earth is completed.

"A heart of gold stopped beating, two shining eyes at rest. God broke our hearts to prove that he only takes the best." Rest in Peace, Brian Nicholas Hoeflinger.

Visitation will be at Hoeflinger- Bolander Funeral Home, 3500 Navarre Avenue, Oregon, Ohio on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, February 7, 2013. from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

On Friday, February 8, 2013, Brian will lie in state from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at St. Josephs Church, 5373 Main Street, Sylvania, Ohio followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, an expression of sympathy, the family would appreciate any donations directed to The Brian Hoeflinger Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Huntington Bank.

Published in Toledo Blade from Feb. 4 to Feb. 6, 2013
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