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Lucia Menaguale Hofflinger


1928 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Lucia Menaguale Hofflinger Obituary
LUCIA MENAGUALE HOFFLINGER Lucia peacefully passed away September 21, 2014 in Costa Mesa, Ca. Lucia, a long-time resident of Corona, Ca., was born in East Palestine, Ohio, June 10, 1928 to the late Guerino and Jennie Menaguale. Her early working days were spent as a histologist in hospital labs in the Pittsburgh, Pa. area. As her family migrated to Southern California, she joined them, finding work as a transcriber for the Fullerton Police Department. Her greatest joys were her thirty years in California married to husband, John Hofflinger, years filled with laughter, cooking, friends, and travel. Lucy had many talents, including writing lively short stories, drawing, and painting watercolors. When at home alone, enjoying for hours her favorite classical arts shows, Lucia often would produce the most exquisite knitted, sewn, and crocheted labors of love-always for others. But some of her finest artistry came from her natural ability to listen carefully to others' life stories, endearing her to many. Lucia was preceded in death by her parents, brother Anthony Menaguale, sister Rosemary Hawkins, stepmother Sylvia Falcon Menaguale, and her beloved husband John. She is survived by her brother, Don Menaguale and his wife, Sheila Koff, of Newport Beach, Ca. Lucy was a caring, selfless person who, at various times, was the sole caregiver during the final illnesses of her mother, stepmother, sister, and husband. When their mother died, Lucia was called upon at 25 to step in and help raise her nine-year-old brother, Don. Lucia is deeply missed and will be forever loved. The day before she died, she said, "I'm going home." Surely now she must be resting in peace with kin.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 5, 2014
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