George J. Hoeffner, of Arkport

ARKPORT-George J. Hoeffner, 87, of 6 Oak Hill St., died early Saturday morning (March 14, 2015) at McAuley Manor, following a long illness.


Born in Floral Park, Long Island on February 22, 1928, he was the son of Phillip & Theresa (Wulforst) Hoeffner.


George has resided in the Arkport – Fremont area since the age of 13. He was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1946). George was a lifelong potato farmer operating (along with his brothers) Hoeffner Brothers Farms in Fremont, NY and also in Eastville, VA. In his retirement years, George was affectionately known as “The Corn Man”, for operating a roadside stand on the Almond Road for his brother.


He was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church. George was a deeply religious man who recited the rosary several times every day; said his daily prayers; and watched daily Mass on television.


George was a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved working on jig-saw puzzles and crossword puzzles. He also loved working outside and was meticulous about tending to his lawn & shrubberies.


He was married on November 7, 1953 to the former Lorraine Howe who died in 1989. He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Philip Hoeffner and Robert Hoeffner; 3 sisters, Irene Briggs, Marion “Dolly” Dorfer and Theresa Hoeffner.


Surviving are 3 daughters, Roxanne (John) Andrews of Saratoga Springs, NY, Patty (Joseph) Damrath of Hornell and Theresa (Richard) Persichilli of Arkport; 3 sisters, Helen Burke of Hornell, Emma Potter of Moore, OK and Josephine “Sis” Donahue of Rochester; 1 brother, Thomas (Ann) Hoeffner of Hornell; 5 grandchildren, Benjamin Andrews, Jonathon Andrews, Caitlin (Marty) DiPetta, Colleen Damrath and John Damrath; 1 great-granddaughter, Gracie Anna DiPetta; many nieces & nephews.


From George’s daughters, Roxanne, Patty & Theresa: Dad spent countless hours putting puzzles together for his family & friends. These family members and friends were a part of a puzzle that made up dad’s life. You may never know where you fit in, but always remember that dad’s life would not have been complete without you!!


The family of George J. Hoeffner will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.


George’s family request that memorial contributions in his name be made to St. Ann’s Church, 27 Erie Ave., Hornell, NY 14843. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.


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