George A. Hoffman

George A. HoffmanGeorge A. Hoffman, 85, formerly of Shenandoah Heights and a resident of the Shenandoah High Rise, passed away peacefully Friday evening at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street.

Born in William Penn (Shaft) on Feb. 17, 1931, he was a son of the late Lewis H. Hoffman Sr. and Alma McSurdy Hoffman.

He was a graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School.

George was a decorated Air Force veteran, having served in Korea. He received the National Defense Service Medal.

George was an auto mechanic having worked in the family business, the former Lewis Hoffman Machine Shop and Auto Repair, Shenandoah Heights.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Shenandoah,

and American Legion Post 398, Frackville. He was also a member and former president of the Shenandoah Heights Fire Company and the Greater Shenandoah Area Senior Citizens. He was a former member of the Odd Fellows Association.

George enjoyed camping and traveling.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his wife, the former Eleanor D. “Ginger” Gerlinsky, on Aug. 19, 2007; a brother, Lewis H. Hoffman Jr. and his wife, Lois Keyes Hoffman; and a brother-in-law, Edwin Capello.

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Surviving are a son, George L. Hoffman and his wife, Patricia, Flowery Branch, Ga.; a daughter, Cheryl Jones and her husband, Michael, Shenandoah Heights; three grandchildren, Larry Murphy, Shenandoah Heights, Gretchen Farmer, Prince George County, Va., and Eric Hoffman and his wife, Eleanor, Denver, Colo.; two great-grandchildren, Gabrielle Ann and Ethan John Farmer; a sister, Charlotte Capello, Providence Place, Pottsville; a niece, Leslie Keyes Hoffman, Shenandoah Heights; his dear friend, Dorothy Bisco, Weston Place, Shenandoah; two nephews, cousins and many friends. Interment with military honors will be held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.

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