BATAVIA – The Rev. Monsignor Robert B. Hoffman, 77, of Batavia, Ill., died Saturday, March 23, 2013, at his home after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
Born May 29, 1935, in Aurora, to John and Sarah (McLaughlin) Hoffman, Monsignor attended high school at Marmion Military Academy, Aurora. He then attended Loyola University, Chicago and Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa. Monsignor attended seminary at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and was ordained July 1, 1962. He was named a Prelate of Honor by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on June 24, 1998.
Monsignor Hoffman's first assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Peter Parish, Spring Grove (Aug. 1962 to Aug. 1963). He then was assigned as parochial vicar at St. Catherine Parish, Dundee (Aug. 1963 to Aug. 1964); parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish, Aurora and dirctor of religious education at Madonna High School (Aug. 1964 to June 1968); faculty and DRE at Aurora Central Catholic High School (June 1968 to June 1970); co-pastor and DRE at Sacred Heart Parish, Aurora (June 1969 to June 1970); parochial vicar at Newman Catholic Student Center – Christ the Teacher Parish, DeKalb (June 1970 to June 1971); pastor of the Newman Center, DeKalb and Director of Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Rockford (June 1971 to Oct. 1982); vicar for clergy and religious and vocation director for the Diocese of Rockford (Oct. 1982 to July 1989); pastor, St. John Neumann Parish, St. Charles (July 1989 to June 2007); and dean of the Elgin Deanery (Sept. 1994 to June 2007). Monsignor retired from active ministry in June 2007.
He is survived by his cousins, Patricia Musich of Aurora, Richard Quellette of Crestline, Calif., Lenora Weber of Madison, Wis., Donald Arimond of Rice Lake, Wis., John McLaughlin of Marshall, Minn., Bernard McLaughlin of Burnsville, Minn., John Hoffman of Viola, Wis., many second and third cousins; longtime friend, Tom Pauly; Goddaughter, Linda Musich; caregiver, Jon; along with his brother priests.
He was predeceased by his parents and many cousins.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at St. John Neumann Church, 2900 E. Main St., St. Charles. The Most Rev. David J. Malloy, bishop of Rockford, will be the main celebrant; the Rev. David Beauvais will be the homilist. Visitation will be from 3 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, with wake service at 7:45 p.m. at the St. John Neumann Parish Chapel and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Newman Center, 512 Norman Road, DeKalb, IL 60115, or Hope for Haitians, P.O. Box 5647, Rockford, IL 60125.
Arrangements are being made by Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main St., St. Charles. For more information, call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles at 630-584-0060 or visit www.yursfuneralhomes.com.