OBITUARY

Edward Joseph "Jodie" Hoffer

August 30, 1929December 8, 2020

The world’s light is shining a little dimmer with the peaceful passing of Edward Joseph “Jodie” Hoffer on Tuesday, the 8th of December 2020, surrounded by his children at his home in Houston, Texas. A man who never met a stranger, effortlessly brightened the room with the flash of his smile, always extended a helping hand to others, and treated all with dignity and respect – Jodie was the consummate mensch – a person who acts with honor, integrity, and kindness.

Jodie was born in Beaumont, Texas on August 30, 1929 to Sarah and Charles Hoffer. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Maryann Gibson Hoffer; and his older brother Murray Hoffer. Jodie is survived by his first wife and children’s mother, Relda Finger Hoffer; his children and their spouses, Pamela & Mark Wallock, Wendy & Ira Bleiweiss, Bruce & Arlette Hoffer, and Scott & Gayle Hoffer; his grandchildren Josh & Jen Mesinger, Adam & Ayeisha Mesinger, Evan Bleiweiss, Alex Hoffer, Wesley Hoffer, Zac & Robyn Hoffer, Sarah Hoffer, Ellen & Jordan Campbell, Rebekah Hoffer, Samantha Hoffer, Katelyn Bleiweiss, and Max & Sarah Hoffer; his great-grandchildren Redding and Malone Mesinger; and his younger brother Barry Hoffer and sister-in-law Linda.

After growing up in Beaumont, attending the University of Texas, marrying Relda, and entering the military, Jodie moved to Houston where he raised his family. As a boy Jodie had dreamed of playing first base for the Yankees, though he instead ended up becoming the DiMaggio of the furniture industry. In his more than 70-year career, he helped build Finger Furniture into an industry leader, launched Cort Furniture Rental, the nation’s leading furniture rental company, and opened his crown jewel, Hoffer Furniture, where some of his children and grandchildren, along with devoted employees, felt blessed to work by his side. Each of these businesses operated with a steadfast focus on serving their local communities. Jodie, a Mason and a Shriner, also devoted his time and energy to numerous charitable causes, including March of Dimes, Baylor College of Medicine and the Huffington Center on Aging, the “I Have A Dream” program of Lamar University, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston Grand Opera, and Greater Houston Partnership. He founded The Furniture Bank, both locally and nationally, including its successful thrift store, “The Bargain Bazaar.”

Jodie, the King of Cool, had an appreciation for the finer things in life, was an immaculate host, and could charm in any setting – but ultimately the essential things are what made him truly happiest – his beloved family, his many dear friends, and crispy fried chicken on Saturdays. And he loved to relax flipping the pages of a novel, with the soft jazz piano of Nat King Cole playing along as the soundtrack.

Through the years Jodie was fortunate to travel the world on great adventures, often with Maryann by his side – and, for whomever he met along the way, his earnest, loyal, and caring spirit emanated. But Houston was Jodie’s home and always near to his heart, and he showed it with pride when he created the ‘I♥HOU’ campaign and merchandise to benefit beautification of the city.

Of all his endeavors, Jodie was perhaps most famous for his spicy dill pickles, crafted with love for over 70 years and hand delivered to his close friends who eagerly awaited them each summer.

“Papa Jodie” was the revered patriarch of the family and a mentor to many, a role to which he was perfectly suited – generous with his wisdom and always leading by example. His legacy will shine on through all of us, always.

Heartfelt thanks to Nancy, Rose, Elizabeth, and William for their extraordinary care and tireless support.

The family will gather for a private interment service at Glenwood Cemetery on Thursday, December 10, 2020 with Rabbi Brian Strauss officiating.

Contributions in Jodie’s memory may be directed to The Garden Club of Houston www.gchouston.org, The Furniture Bank www.houstonfurniturebank.org, or Congregation Beth Yeshurun www.bethyeshurun.org.

Services

  • Facebook Live Streaming of Private Interment

    Thursday, December 10, 2020

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Lisa Ornstein

March 21, 2021

I’m just seeing this. We had lost touch with Jodie, sadly. He was without a doubt the kindness man I’ve ever met. Jodie be at peace so happy that I got to know you. Blessings

Arlene Hoffer

December 14, 2020

He was one of the sweetest, most honorable people I ever knew. My family will miss him so much. R.I.P. You deserve the rest Uncle Jodie
Arlene,Stewart, Stephanie, Stephen and Gail Brown. His in- law family.

Susan Glesby

December 14, 2020

I was so sorry to hear about Jodie. I will miss him and his pickles that always "pickled me pink".

Susan Glesby

Susan Aronstein

December 14, 2020

My thoughts are with you at this time... My memory is going to your beautiful home and seeing your mom and dad always with a smile.
My prayers are with you and your wonderful mom Relda. Wendy and Pam, love to you both. Memories.

Susie Aronstein

Diana Marshall

December 14, 2020

May the family, extended family and business friends of Jodie Hoffer gain peace from recalling the many hours you shared with this engaging storyteller and host. I will share this memory of Jodie Hoffer because it demonstrates his kind and joyous nature. For 10 years, Jodie called occasionally to remind my sweet husband, Fred Gerson, of a silly memory involving the Finger Family. Freddy could not then speak, but he truly cherished a good laugh. My love and prayers to you, Diana Marshall

Carroll Michaud

December 13, 2020

The Final Salute

“Brothers and Sisters-in-Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Edward Joseph (Jodie) Hoffer our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Jodie. To Jodie it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during the Korean War while serving in the U.S. Military. Jodie, acknowledge your distinguished combat record and we commend you for your honorable military service. You are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion, the veterans of VFW Post 2238 and the disabled veterans of DAV Chapter 30 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Jodie’s family and loved ones.

Brent Ebbeson, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

Ron Delaney, Commander, VFW Post 4588
1004 Jeter St, Bossier City, LA 71112

Johnny Welch, Commander DAV, Chpt 30
7012 Suntan St. Shreveport, LA 71108
For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud

Curtis Phillips

December 13, 2020

Jodie was a good man. He always seemed bring charm to any occasion or gathering. I am grateful to have had him in our lives. Our deepest condolences go to your family.

Carl Parker

December 10, 2020

Sorry for your loss

Howard Zietz

December 10, 2020

Jodie Hoffer was the start of my career at Finger Furniture Rental. He was a gentleman who taught me the values of treating people like you wanted to be treated. That was a steady and tremendous course I have continued to this day. Ook Gerson was a good man and another influence on my life. Jodie Hoffer, Ook Gerson and my father, Jake Zietz, were all big influences in my life. Jodie Hoffer showed dedication, honesty, loyalty, and dependability and made me what I am today. Rest in peace Jodie.

Reynaldo Garcia

December 10, 2020

It’s hard to lose someone who meant so much to all of us, and even harder that we can’t all be together to say good-bye. He will always be in our hearts. I will always be grateful for his trust and respect throughout the years. Such a great person and leader. To the Hoffer family we want you to know we’re with you in spirit. Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.
My sincere condolences,
Rey

FROM THE FAMILY