M. Edith Hoffman
M. Edith Hoffman
  • December 21, 1926 - October 8, 2017
  • Conroe, Texas

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M. Edith Hoffman died Sunday, October 8, 2017, in Conroe, Texas, at the age of 90 years old, in her home, surrounded by her family. Her first name was actually Magdelene, but she was known to her friends and family as Edith.

Edith's husband of 66 years, Raymond F. Hoffman, predeceased her, on January 28, 2015. Edith is survived by her son, Daniel J. Hoffman and his wife, Cheryl of The Woodlands, Texas, her daughter, Gina M. Hoffman of Conroe, Texas, her daughter, Cynthia A. Moore and her husband, Ed of Magnolia, Texas, her three grandchildren, Samuel E. Moore, Elizabeth A. Moore, and Mary K. Moore, and her sister, Frances Oswoski of Elkhart, Indiana.

Edith was born in Elkhart, Indiana in 1926, the sixth of nine children, and lived in Elkhart until she married. Edith's parents both immigrated from Italy when they were in their teens. Italian culture was a big part of Edith's life.

As a young woman Edith loved to work, and was especially proud of being promoted to supervisor at the local telephone company, over a number of older and more experienced operators. Edith also loved nice things, especially clothes. A family friend once mentioned Edith was always dressed to the 9's, and she was, even into her old age.

After working more than a decade at the phone company, Edith helped her husband form and build Hoffman Plumbing and Heating, in Granger, Indiana, behind their home. She answered phones and kept the books there another decade. Later when they purchased A & R Septic Tank Company, in partnership with her sister's husband, Arthur Sosnowska, in Mishawaka, Indiana, she answered phones and kept the books for that business for nearly another decade.

Edith was Catholic. She was active in her church, St. Pius X Catholic Church, also in Granger, Indiana. Edith attended nearly every Sunday until she moved to Texas in 1998. Edith also served as president of the Women's Auxiliary of the Indiana Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association.

But more than anything, Edith was a devoted wife and mother. They say behind every great man there is a great woman. Edith was that woman. While working in her husband's businesses, Edith ran her children to baseball practice, football practice, wrestling practice, track practice, swimming practice, basketball practice, singing lessons, guitar lessons, piano lessons, and supported them in anything and everything they wanted to do to improve themselves.
Edith constantly supported and urged her husband, children, and grandchildren to reach for the stars. She often believed in them even more than they believed in themselves. She was an inspiration to them as well as their friends and acquaintances.

Edith had no filter. She often said exactly what she thought, which often turned out to be exactly what someone needed, but others would not say. During the last years of her life, when she relied on care givers for assistance, she could often be heard urging the caregivers to get an education and better themselves.

Edith loved to travel, and traveled extensively throughout the US, with her husband, an accomplished pilot. She also traveled extensively to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe. One of her fondest memories was a trip to Italy, with one of her best friends, Mary Stickler, where she visited her father's brother. She also frequently accompanied her husband on fishing trips to Canada and Florida, where she would usually catch the biggest fish.

Edith developed congestive heart failure during the last decade of her life which continued to progress until it ultimately claimed her life.

Visitation will be held at Forest Park The Woodlands, at 18000 I-45 Service Road, The Woodlands, Texas 77384 on Friday, October 13, 2017, at 2:00 pm with a short service following at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers Edith would appreciate tax deductible donations be sent to the American Cancer Society.