Maureen Elizabeth Hoffman
June 19, 1926-Nov. 30, 2012
Menlo Park, California
Maureen Hoffman, the true matriarch of an adoring family consisting of four sons and their own families -- including a total of nine grandchildren -- and her two siblings, died peacefully and surrounded by family and friends on Nov. 30, 2012, after a brief battle with brain cancer. She was 86.
Born in 1926 in San Francisco to Irish immigrant parents, Maureen Slattery graduated from Ursuline Academy High School in Santa Rosa in 1944, and after the close of World War II met dashing young Army veteran M. Dave Hoffman while working as an office clerk in San Francisco’s financial district. They married in 1946, and began raising their growing family in San Francisco, Spokane, Washington, and Los Altos before finally moving to Menlo Park in 1955.
Maureen raised four sons in Menlo Park: William, of Murphys (Calif.); David, of San Francisco; Thomas, of San Mateo; and Timothy, of Belmont. Each of the four Hoffman boys attended local public schools and graduated from Menlo-Atherton High, and Maureen was active in local PTA and sports organizations spanning the four decades that her sons were in school. Maureen also periodically taught various grades of CCD at St. Raymond Catholic Church, where she was an active and devoted parishioner for over 50 years.
As her boys grew older, however, Maureen returned to the workplace. In the 1980s she began working as manager of the Mon Petit Chou boutique, then located at the corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and El Camino Real in Menlo Park. After over a decade at Mon Petit Chou, Maureen then left to become a manager at the Calla retail boutique on Santa Cruz Avenue before “retiring” in 2000 to cherish time with her growing family of grandchildren, to focus on her love of gardening, and in more recent years to pursue her love of singing as a member of the St. Raymond Church choir.
As devoted as Maureen was to her extended family -- as well as to her love of gardening, singing, and myriad other pursuits -- Maureen also loved the game of baseball. As a young girl Maureen attended S.F. Seals games, and later began fostering two more generations of lifelong Giants baseball fans when that team relocated to San Francisco in 1958. Since the opening of the Giants’ new ballpark in 2000, her children and grandchildren have enjoyed games in seats that she purchased for her family to enjoy while rooting for the Giants, in good seasons and in bad.
Maureen is predeceased by her parents Michael and Mary, and her husband Marvin “Dave Hoffman. She is survived by her brother, Thomas, and his wife Mary Rose (San Mateo); her sister Anastatia (San Mateo); her sons (and their wives) Bill (Linda), David, Tom (Jeanne), and Tim (Anne); nine grandchildren: Marlene, Michael, Carly, Alicia, Kari, Kelly, Nicholas, Elizabeth, and Molly; numerous close friends; and devoted “grand-dog” Roxy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Raymond Catholic Church, 1100 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at 10:30 A.M. A rosary will also be held at St. Raymond Church on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 P.M.
The family requests that memorial donations be made in Maureen's name to Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health at 400 Hamilton Ave., Suite 340, Palo Alto, CA 94301.