Hoffert Harold J. - Death
8 MARCH 2011
Poland, N.Y. — Harold J. Hoffert, 93, formerly of Strumlock Road, died on March 8, 2011, at St. Luke’s Home, New Hartford, where he had resided for the past two years.
Mr. Hoffert was born on June 1, 1917, in Osceola, a son of late Bernard and Josephine (Croniser) Hoffert. Harold received his education in country schools and served in the Civilian Conservation Corps at a young age. He was previously married to the former Bernice Smith in 1941. In 1945, he entered the U.S. Army and served with the Company M Second Infantry Regiment Fifth Division during World War II. He was honorably discharged in August 1946 at the rank of technician fifth grade. On Nov. 1, 1952, he was united in marriage with Beatrice (LaFave) Wagner in Newport.
Mr. Hoffert worked at Savage Arms and owned and operated a farm on Farrell Road in the town of Newport until 1962. He then worked as a truck driver for various firms and was last employed as a groundskeeper at the Golf Club of Newport until retiring at the age of 89. Beatrice preceded him in death on April 13, 1992.
Mr. Hoffert was a life member and past commander of Post No. 31 American Legion, Little Falls, and Kuyahoora Memorial Post No. 1554 VFW, Poland. Harold was also a member of St. John’s Church, Newport. He will be remembered as a hard worker and an avid outdoorsman.
Survivors include three daughters, Jean Keck, of Virginia, June Bokel, of New York Mills, and Theresa Pierce and her husband, John, of Kentucky; two step daughters, Charlotte Guido, of Whitesboro, and Elmona Carkner, of Florida; one step son, Gordon Wagner and his wife, Linda, of Florida; a son-in-law, Henry Sheppard and his wife, Vicki, of Poland; one sister, Barbara Snell, of St. Johnsville; 20 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a daughter, Gerri Sheppard; four sisters, Bernadine Haak, Doris Schleicher, Veronica Dukett and Florence Polinsky; and one brother, Louis Hoffert.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John’s Church, Newport, on Friday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Leo F. Potvin officiating. Spring interment will take place in St. John’s Cemetery, Newport, where military honors will be accorded. Calling hours at the Autenrith Funeral Home, Newport, are Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.