Margaret “Marge” Hoffmann died surrounded by family in her home at Springmoor Retirement Center in Raleigh, NC. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY, Germany and in the Bronx, NY. As a teen, she spent many afternoons and weekends working in her family’s delicatessen where she proudly made the world’s best potato salad. After high school, her family moved to Massapequa Park, NY and Marge took a job in NYC which required her to ride the Long Island Railroad daily. It was on this train that she made so many good friends and met the love of her life, Charles “Charlie” Hoffmann. She loved to tell about the time all her friends surprised her and Charlie with an engagement party on the train! The whole car was decorated and only their friends were allowed to enter and celebrate.
Marge and Charlie married in 1957 and moved into Charlie’s parents’ house with his mother, Elizabeth Hoffmann “Nana”, in Baldwin, NY. Nana lived with them for many years and helped cook and care for the five kids that Marge and Charlie had – Charlie, John, Thomas, Peter and Mary. Yes, Marge wasn’t going to stop having kids until she had a little girl – Mary. After the kids were grown and gone, Marge cared for Nana till she died.
In 1991, Marge and Charlie followed their kids south and moved to 3 acres in Wake Forest, NC. They immediately became active members at the small St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Marge and her friends started a ministry called Threads of Love which sews small stuffed animals for babies in the local hospitals’ NICUs. Marge was still sewing 200 of these animals a month until the day she died.
Marge and her group of friends from St. Catherine’s met weekly for breakfast and fellowship for 28 years as they watched their church grow and grow.
Marge’s greatest joy in life was her family – 5 children and 17 grandchildren. She loved unconditionally and was known to always say “Love you more.” At Springmoor, Marge was known as the “candy lady” and the “décor lady” – she always had a bowl of candy outside her door to share with others and she always had the most festive hall décor of anyone! Until the day she died, she worried about keeping the bowl full.
Marge is survived by her late son’s wife (Stacy) and their 4 kids; son, John (Alma) and their 4 kids; son, Thomas (Tracy) and their 3 kids; son, Peter (Ibby) and his 3 kids; and daughter, Mary (Randy) and their 3 kids.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Charlie; her son, Charlie; her twin sister, Lillian and her older sister, Annie.
A service of celebration will be held at St. Catherine’s of Siena Catholic Church in Wake Forest, NC, on Monday, May 20th at 11am. A visitation will be held before the service at 10am.
Marge lived for many years with congestive heart failure and for this reason, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Heart Association.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest. (919) 556-5811