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Charles Eckhardt Hofmann


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Charles Eckhardt Hofmann Obituary
Charles E. Hofmann, who opened Hofmann Florist in Chicago Heights in 1946 and operated the business for thirty-four years until his retirement in 1980, died June 30, 2018, in Sun City Center, Florida, at age 100. Mr. Hofmann was born in Chicago on October 25, 1917, to Eckhardt M. and Frances Brenan Hofmann. He attended Morgan Park High School. Having graduated from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, in 1939 with a degree in ornamental floriculture, Mr. Hofmann began his floral career with Amling's Flowerland. He met Frieda Bleichroth while they were both working at Amling's, and they married in 1942, a marriage that lasted until her death over 71 years later Mr. Hofmann raised his family in Chicago Heights and became active in the business and cultural affairs of the community. He headed up the local retail merchants' association and later served as president of the Rotary Club of Chicago Heights and the Chicago Heights Chamber of Commerce and as a trustee and Clerk of the Thorn Creek Basin Sanitary District. Charles and Frieda had two sons: Robert C. Hofmann (Catherine), who died in 2003, and William E. Hofmann (Maryellen), of Homewood, Illinois. He is survived by five grandchildren: Laura Stein (Benjamin) of Chicago; Elizabeth Peterlin (Brian) of Bloomington, Illinois; Emily Stevens (fiancé Josh Birk) of Overland Park, Kansas; Eric Hofmann (Jaclyn) of Homewood; and Michael Hofmann (Addi) of Cary, North Carolina; and seven great-grandchildren: Molly and Madelyn Stein; and Jacob, Grace, Eli, Hannah, and Caroline Peterlin. He is also survived by a dear friend, Mary Lou Malin, a sister-in-law, Lillian Rodseth, and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Hofmann was a former 55-year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Chicago Heights where he was a trustee and ruling elder. At the time of his death he was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Sun City Center. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on August 18, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church of Chicago Heights, 900 Thomas St, Chicago Heights, Illinois. The family will receive friends at the church from 9:30 until the time of the service. Memorial donations may be made to The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532 www.mortonarb.com, or to a .
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Aug. 12, 2018
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