Thu. May 25th, 2023

Joseph Henry Hoffmann of Novato passed away peacefully in his home after a short illness on February 9, 2023. Joe Hoffmann was born in Pittsburg PA, on January 8th 1932. He grew up in Pennsylvania as well as Rhode Island. In 1949, he graduated from Frankfurt American High School. While his family was still in Europe, Joe returned to the United States and attended Duquesne College. Joe was appointed to the Army 11th Airborne Division after graduating. Marjorie Wride, his future wife, was met in Augsburg, Germany. In Virginia, they were married in 1959. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August 2009. Joe began his legal education at Georgetown Law School in May 1964 after leaving the Army. In September 1964, the family moved to California. Joe did not practice as a lawyer, even though he had passed the California Bar Exam in 1966 and was a member until his death. Instead, Joe started a long career in Health and Human Services, where he held many positions before retiring in January 1995. Joe was involved in many community activities. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Loretto, since 1964. He was proud of the Knights of Columbus he joined in 1962. He was a member of the 4th degree, and served several terms as a Grand Knight and secretary. He participated in the 4th Degree Color Guard, and he contributed his time to nearly every Knights of Columbus event. He was also a lifelong member of the American Legion and a regular blood donor. In the 1970s, he and his late wife Margie began volunteering at Novato Human Needs Center, where each of them was honored as Volunteers of the Year 2004. He served on the reunion committee of the Frankfurt American high school and attended numerous reunions. Margie and Joe enjoyed traveling and made many trips to the US, Canada and Europe. Joe is survived his daughter Caligney, sons Eric and Bruce, sister Mary Kolling, seven grandchildren: Trevor, Curtis, Gretchen, Jordan, Kelly Cooper and Luke, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Margie, his wife of over 51 years, as well as his older sister Josephine Thomas, and younger brother Paul, predeceased him. Joe’s family and friends love him. All who knew Joe will miss him. On Friday, February 17, 2023 at 5:00 pm at Our Lady of Loretto Church. On Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 11 AM in the Our Lady of Loretto Church located at 1806 Novato Boulevard in Novato.