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Cleone Hoffman

It is with deepest sorrow that we announce that our dear mom, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, Cleone Hoffman, passed away on June 10, 2015 after a courageous and brief battle with lung cancer.

Cleone was born on December 11, 1933 in Faulkton, South Dakota, the eighth child of twelve children of Raymond and Alvina Kellen. In 1952, she graduated from Cathedral High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, despite having to spend her sophomore year working in a small shop in order to help support her family when her father had a lengthy illness. In January of 1953, she married her highschool sweetheart, Thomas Hoffman, in Sioux Falls. The couple first lived in Minneapolis, and then in Cambria Pines, California from 1954-1956 where Tom was assigned as a radar control officer. Thereafter, from 1956 to June of 1959, they lived in Washington D.C., where Tom found employment and attended Georgetown Law School. Post graduations they returned to California and settled in Manhattan Beach where they raised a family eventually to become eight children: five boys and three girls.

In keeping with the uniqueness of her name, Cleone had the unique ability to balance all of the conflicting demands of a mother of eight: maintain an organized home, provide caring for her children, support and love for her husband - all the while looking immaculately turned out. She had a huge generosity of spirit and wells of optimism, which sustained her when challenges would inevitably arise. Such a challenge was presented when her last child was confirmed autistic. Her response was learn as much as she could about autism, to be the best advocate for her daughter, and to volunteer her time to work within the autistic community, thereby becoming in her own way, a true expert on autism and its challenges.

Her real love in life was people. She simply enjoyed being with her children, grandchildren, and sisters, especially passing time playing card games, jigsaw puzzles, Scrabble, and completing crosswords. And anyone who played Scrabble with her knew they were in for a real battle.

Cleone is survived by her husband, Thomas; her eight children, Mark, David, Anthony, Martin, Bridgette, Henry, Ann and Roberta; sixteen grandchildren, six great grandchildren and four sisters.

A Memorial Mass to celebrate Cleone's life will be held at American Martyrs Catholic Church, 624 15th Street, Manhattan Beach, at 9:30 am, Friday, June 26, 2015. A reception on site at the church will follow immediately.

The family has suggested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Provident Trinity Hospice, Torrance, California at the following link: http://california.providence.org/trinitycare/giving/ways-to-give/honor-memorial-giving/. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on June 23, 2015
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