MADISON/WAUNAKEE- Howard W. Hoffman, age 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by family after a short illness on Sunday, March 17, 2013. He was born on September 5, 1924, the son of John T. and Christine (Kessenich) Hoffman.
He worked from age 20 to age 65 for Business Comstock Seed and Feed Co., of which he became co-owner. He was a member of the VFW's weekly card playing crowd as well as hunting, fishing, and outdoor organizations such as Ducks Unlimited. Howard was an avid bird watcher who enjoyed all outdoor activities, such as trapping, skeet shooting, hunting and fishing, both locally and on Lake Michigan, to as far away as Idaho and well up into Canada. Many trophies and awards from these excursions filled his house. He followed the Braves, Brewers, Packers, UW and high school sports teams.
Howard was fond of hosting family gatherings at his home, playing sheepshead and euchre for many happy hours. But he held all the Queens and Jacks when it came to children, where he always made even the youngest feel listened to and appreciated. He enjoyed coaching them in his outdoor interests and helping them along in life with sound guidance. He mentored young hunters from early on until now.
He will not only be remembered for his many kindnesses and no-nonsense advice, but also for his selfless devotion to family, quick wit, storytelling and jokes. Our world is so much better for having known him!
He is survived by his sisters, Genevieve Engel and Cherie (John) Rogers-Neupert; brothers-in-law, Jerry Kessenich, and Edward Wronkowicz; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Joseph and his wife, Geraldine; sisters, Mary Kessenich, and Jane Wronkowicz; and brother-in-law, Bill Engel.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 22, 2013, at ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 N. Sherman Ave., with Msgr. Charles Schluter presiding. Burial will follow at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church on Friday.
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