Leander Anthony “Lee” Hoffman, 89, of 107 Beech Rd., St. Marys, died on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at home after a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 18, 1923, in St. Marys, son of the late Anthony C. and Marie Sporner Hoffman.
On June 26, 1948, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Betty Jane Hoffman, who died on June 11, 2011, just weeks shy of their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Lee was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Parochial School.
He served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was in the 6th Quartermaster, which was attached to Patton’s Third Armored Division, and served from 1943-1946 in the U.S., England, France and Germany. He received the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and French Croix De Guerre Avec Palme.
He was co-owner, along with his wife, of Hoffman’s Boulevard Service Station for over 20 years and was a former employee of Speer Carbon Company and Keystone Carbon Company. Lee was an avid golfer and had three “holes in one” to his name. He was a longtime member of the St. Marys Country Club and participated in many tournaments and the Thursday Night League, with a number of trophies and championships over the years.
Lee was a lifelong member of Queen of the World Church, a member of the Catholic Men’s Fraternal League (CMF), the Protective Fraternal League (PFL), the American Legion and St. Joseph’s Society.
Lee was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many and will be deeply missed.
Lee is survived by a daughter, Lori H. Schreiber (Daniel) of St. Marys; two sons, Joseph A. (Joe) Hoffman (Annabel) of Dallas, Texas, and Jude L. Hoffman (Clare) of St. Marys; and four grandchildren, Meredith Hoffman, Natalie Hoffman, Patrick Hoffman and Julie Hoffman.
Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Paul R. Hoffman, Arthur J. Hoffman, Jerome Hoffman, Alvin L. Hoffman and a sister, Agnes Hoffman. He was the last member of his immediate family.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Leander Anthony "Lee" Hoffman will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church today, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at noon, with the Rev. Michael Ferrick, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.
Visitation was at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857; Elk County Catholic High School Athletic Association, 600 Maurus St., St. Marys, PA 15857; or Community Nurses Inc., Hospice, 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com .