Margaret Hoffman

June 12, 1926October 30, 2011

Margaret M. Hoffman Loving wife, mother, nurse, and friend Margaret M. Hoffman, 85, of Harrisburg, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2011 in William Penn Golden Living Center, Lewistown with her son, Jim, by her side.

She was born June 12, 1926 the daughter of the late Paul D. Watson and Grace Gorsuch Watson. Known as Peggy, she graduated from Swatara Township High School in 1944 and the Polyclinic School of Nursing in Harrisburg. In her nursing career, she worked at the Polyclinic Hospital, Lewistown Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital in Norristown, Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, and retired from nursing from the State Hospital in Harrisburg. While working on the maternity ward, she often commented that she loved working on Christmas so she could be with the newborn babies. On June 5, 1948, she married her high school sweetheart, Norman E. Hoffman, who passed away in November of 2003. They had six children. She is the mother of four sons and two daughters: Michael D. Hoffman of York; Thomas G. Hoffman, of Pittsburgh; James N. Hoffman and his wife, Maureen of Lewistown; Mary Anne Hoffman of Washington,PA; Barbara J. Rightmyer of Harrisburg, and Mark R. Hoffman and his wife Jeannie of Columbus. She is the beloved grandmother of twelve: Katie Hoffman of Chicago; Ian Hoffman and his wife Beth of York; Lindsay McNary and her husband Tyler of Pittsburgh; Tommy Hoffman Jr. of Boston; Kristina Hoffman, Mitchell Hoffman, Ann Marie Hoffman, and Luke Hoffman, all of Columbus; Veronica Rightmyer who lived with her, Gyver Rightmyer, and Casey Rightmyer and their father, Charles of Frystown. Her grandson Brandon Hoffman is currently serving in Afghanistan. Her sister Polly Freeland and her children survive her. Several members of her husband’s family also survive. Her parents, her husband, and two infant sons, Jonathan and Charles, precede her in death. Peggy was Roman Catholic and a member of St. Catherine Laboure’ Parish. She will be remembered most for her feisty spirit and her unending caretaking toward her family, friends, and animals. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 1:30 PM in St. Catherine Laboure’ Church, 4000 Derry Street, Harrisburg. Friends and family are asked to gather at the back of the church from 1:00 – 1:30 PM. There will be no viewing at Peggy’s request. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery

Arrangements under the direction of Neill Funeral Home, Harrisburg, PA.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 3, 2011

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November 21, 2011

My deep sympathy on the loss of your mom.
Ceci Martini

Andy Manski

November 11, 2011

To Michael, Tom, Jim, Mark, Mary Ann, and Barb, my deepest condolences on the loss of your mom. I have many fond memories of New Years Eve at your home.
Kind regards.


November 7, 2011

To Michael, and all the Hoffman siblings, you and your parents have been my second family. Having only one older sibling of my own, I enjoyed being with you as a young adult and watching you all grow from teens to young adults, and growing up along with you. It seems like only yesterday.

Your mom was larger than life--her presence & spirit will always be with you, with all of us who knew her.

Let me know if you need help with anything. I love you all.

November 4, 2011

I was so sorry to hear about your mom. Please know that my prayers are with you and your family.
Eva Bednar (former St. Malachy choir member)

Kim Bricker

November 3, 2011

You are in my thoughts and prayers, especially today. I hope you hold good memories of your Mom in your heart to help you through the days.

November 3, 2011

To the entire Hoffman Family, I wish to send condolences on behalf of the Paladino Family (Lawnton neighbors). Your mom was always a very sweet lady. I remember her as a young girl driving up the street and always waving or just stopping to say hello. I spoke with her on the telephone about a year or so ago and she filled me in on her life history in Lawnton. It was very interesting to learn some things that I didn't know. She also talked about each one of you and where you were living, She told me she missed each one of you everyday along with your dad. She worried about Barb and she loved taking care of those stray cats. She was a great neighbor that will be sadly missed.

Michele Billick

November 3, 2011

Tommy and family--

Grief can be very difficult, but special memories of your dear mom can help you to cope. We are remembering you and your mom today and always in our prayers. Sending our love--Michele and Butch Billick

Sue Glatfelter

November 2, 2011

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sue and Bob Glatfelter

Bobby Roth

November 2, 2011

I wish to offer condolences on behalf of the 5 Roth kids. Peggy was friends with our mother Lois from childhood, and is dearly missed. We will always remember the two of them singing "Pennies from Heaven" so happily. Rest peacefully.

Bobby Roth and siblings.

Marie Melusky

November 2, 2011

Our condolences to the Hoffman family.
Mike and Marie Melusky