Dr. Leora Hoffmann
1927 - 2014
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LEORA HOFFMANN Dr. Lee Hoffmann, age 87, passed quietly at home, lovingly attended by family and Feather River Hospice. Born Leora May Kemp April 1, 1927 to Ollie and Charles Kemp, in Calexico CA, she was known as "Betty" from earliest childhood through young adulthood. Attending Chico State, she met and married Glenn Hoffmann in 1948. The happy couple had three daughters, whom they raised in Elk Creek, Orland, Palo Alto, and Los Altos, CA. A dedicated educator, "Dr.Lee" developed the Hoffmann Integration Processing Program - HIPP - and a non-profit, The Hoffmann Learning Research Institute, (www.gohipp.org) spending her entire Educational Specialist career offering help to students struggling with academics. Losing Glenn, the love of her life, 25 years ago, she never lost her love of life, and continued to be involved with children, grandchildren, and ex-tended family. Lee loved to sing and shared that talent with family and friends around many campfires at Butt Lake and Eagle Lake. While living in the Bay Area she had season tickets to the San Francisco Opera. After moving back to Chico she joined Bravo, the opera guild, to support young singers at CSU Chico. She loved reading and kept many books to reread again and again. One of her favorite hobbies was sewing. Lee made all of her daughters' dancing costumes when they were young and her own outfits were all the rage with everyone who knew her. She also loved to travel, play cards, and party with family and friends. Fifth of eleven children, she is survived by three daughters, Glynda-Lee Hoffmann (Ray Testman), Suzi (Dunaway) Kneedler (Pete), Debra-Lou Hoffmann (Matt Luksic), four granddaughters, Anna-Lee Dunaway, Sara Rose Testman-Bonetti (Ernesto), and Ruth and Jennie Testman, three grandsons, Jesse Dunaway (Ivette), Glenn Hoffmann and Cody Luksic and two great-grandsons, Andreas and Chase Dunaway, with "Baby Bonetti" coming soon! She is also survived by two brothers, Mickey (Nancy) and Jerry (Rosalie) Kemp, one sister, Mary "Bo" Baker, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Final arrangements will be a small family gathering who ask that in lieu of other remembrances, donations be made in Lee's honor to HIPP, from her website, www.gohipp.org

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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Sep. 4, 2014.
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September 29, 2014
I find myself thinking, " Mom would love this!" as I enjoy the beautiful and curious things I see. She loved to hear all the latest news...
suzi Kneedler
September 26, 2014
I am heartrendingly grateful for my mother; she was my sustenance, my first friend, my maker of tutus. She gave me my smile and a joie de vivre to go with it.
Debra-Lou Hoffmann
September 10, 2014
Years and years of good memories of both Lee and Glenn and their clan, my adopted family.
Michael Holshouser
September 9, 2014
Dr. Lee was a personal inspiration to me and she helped so many kids throughout the course of her career and life. She is the grand matriarch of a family of Hoffmanns that are honoring her life by carrying her legacy to new heights and new generations. Good bye Leora. I hope to visit with you again some day.
Donnie Peterson
September 9, 2014
I have many fond memories of camping at the lake and singing songs around the campfire with Aunt Lee. I feel lucky to have had her in my life. She will truly be missed.
Jackie Evans
September 9, 2014
I'm so lucky to have had such a wonderful mother and role model. She taught me to be judicious with money, to sew, play a hundred card games, play the guitar and above all, have fun. Oh, and she devised a curriculum for struggling students - HIPP - the Hoffmann Integration Processing Program - which we are carrying on, www.gohipp.org. She was part genius and part gypsy princess. I'm gonna miss her.
Glynda-Lee Hoffmann
September 4, 2014
Thank you, Lord for a mother who modeled gracious living, and who passed to her Savior in peace, Amen
suzi Kneedler
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