OBITUARY

Heinz Karl Hoffmann

December 10, 1930December 31, 2020
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Heinz K. Hoffmann of Waterford, passed away on December 31, 2020 at 90 years of age.

Beloved husband of Erika for 65 years. Loving father of Sylvia Wolf of Apple Valley, California and Doris (John) Lund of Calumet, Michigan. Cherished grandfather of Jason (Janelle) Lund and Dylan (Alice) Lund. Proud great-grandfather of Caleb, Wesley and Owen. He is also survived by his sister, Maria Hofmann. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ernst and Meta Hoffmann; brothers Waldemar and Hansel and son-in-law George Wolf.

Mr. Hoffmann was born on December 10, 1930, in Hedwigsthal, Germany. He married Erika on July 23, 1955 in Schoeningen, Germany. He became a U.S. citizen in 1952, and served in the U.S. army from 1953-1956.

Heinz served an apprenticeship in Germany, and then owned a landscape business for over 65 years. He belonged to the German American Marksmanship Club and the American Legion. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Waterford.

Heinz was a wonderful husband, father and provider. He was strong, stubborn, kind, caring and loved with all his heart. He was an honorable and much respected man. He loved to tell stories, laugh, act silly, try new things and spend time with his friends and family. He found joy and fulfillment in his work and making the world a more beautiful place, which he did, not only with landscape design, but by just being in it. Some of his favorite things included flowers of any kind, Red Maples, John Wayne, roast beef and pudding! Heinz was a true light in our lives.

Funeral services along with military honors will be held at 12:00p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Peace Lutheran Church, 7390 Elizabeth Lake Rd., Waterford Township, Michigan 48327. The family will receive guests for visitation on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 3:00pm until 7:00pm at the Union Lake Chapel of Elton Black & Son Funeral Home 1233 Union Lake Road in White Lake and Thursday at church from 11:00am until the time of service at noon. Interment will take place at 2:30 pm at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions suggested to Peace Lutheran Church or a charity of donor's choice.

Please note that due to Covid-19 regulations, there is a maximum of 25 guests permitted in the funeral home during the visitation hours. In addition, there will be a maximum of 40 guests permitted at church on Friday for the funeral service.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

  • Funeral Visitation

    Thursday, January 7, 2021

  • Funeral Service with Military Honors

    Thursday, January 7, 2021

  • Burial

    Thursday, January 7, 2021

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tom leahey

January 15, 2021

Heinz made me the person I am today. I was a confused youth when I went to work for Heinz in 1969. I had flunked out of several colleges and could not keep a full time job. Heinz saw something in me worth cultivating, and like everything he planted I flourished under his mentorship. I worked full time for Heinz before getting married in December of 1970 and going to work in a factory for GM. Over the next 3 years I worked many weekends for Heinz while saving for college. His mentorship continued during this time. In 1973 I returned to college full time and graduated with honor in 1975. I have had a great life and fulfilling career in large part because of Heinz. Every home I have owned I have landscaped myself using what Heinz taught me. Every time I plant something I think of Heinz. I am now retired and have homes in Florida and Beulah Michigan. My wife and I handle part of the landscaping for our condo community and I dedicate this work to this wonderful man. He will be missed and thought about every day for the rest of my life.

Charles and Ruth Dow

January 7, 2021

Heinz always had a welcoming smile when we saw him in church. Erika ,Heinz was a special person and we are deeply sorry for your loss.

Edward Sutter

January 6, 2021

Condolences & thanks to Erika & the entire extended Hoffmann family. I give thanks to all of you for sharing Heinz with all of us. Albeit from 2 different eras, and meeting Heinz later in life, he & I connected in a big way due his remarkable, natural ability to relate to anyone in any situation. I have many good mrmories I could write and I greatly struggled to condense this, yet it comes down to one word ZEST for life! Heinz truly had a special Zest for living, and that Zest radiated to people he met. I only hope we can follow his example, and live the incredible fun, and zestful life as Heinz did. Rest In Peace.

Tommy Schober

January 6, 2021

We sure will miss Karl at the club. Our hearts go out to you and your family Ericka. God speed Herr Hoffman.

Michael Stasiuk

January 6, 2021

Heinz you were a great inspiration to me as a person and a friend.

Susan Hepler

January 6, 2021

Our dear Erika . Thinking of you and remembering you and Sylvia and Family and Doris and family in our prayers for you for comfort. What a wonderful Christian husband , father, grandfather and great grandfather and friend . His picture reminds me of his smile and laugh at an Octoberfest at Peace. Our deepest heartfelt sympathy, Lovingly, Tom and Sue Hepler

Ronny Arndt

January 5, 2021

I just loved the man

Lee & Kris Gustafson

January 3, 2021

We are so sorry to hear about Heinz passing. We had the pleasure of meeting him several times through Dylan & Alice; he was a very likable man. Our deepest sympathy to Erika and the entire family.

Sandy Keryk

January 3, 2021

Dear Erika, I'm so sorry for your loss. I feel like I know Heinz a little through the stories my sister Connie shared. I'm sorry I didn't get to meet him. Peace Erika to you and your family.

Connie Kiefiuk

January 3, 2021

You always made me laugh Heinz! Whether shoveling mulch at the church or trimming the bushes there. You will be sorely missed my friend!

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Biography

Heinz K. Hoffmann of Waterford, passed away on December 31, 2020 at 90 years of age.

Beloved husband of Erika for 65 years. Loving father of Sylvia Wolf of Apple Valley, California and Doris (John) Lund of Calumet, Michigan. Cherished grandfather of Jason (Janelle) Lund and Dylan (Alice) Lund. Proud great-grandfather of Caleb, Wesley and Owen. He is also survived by his sister, Maria Hofmann. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ernst and Meta Hoffmann; brothers Waldemar and Hansel and son-in-law George Wolf.

Mr. Hoffmann was born on December 10, 1930, in Hedwigsthal, Germany. He married Erika on July 23, 1955 in Schoeningen, Germany. He became a U.S. citizen in 1952, and served in the U.S. army from 1953-1956.

Heinz served an apprenticeship in Germany, and then owned a landscape business for over 65 years. He belonged to the German American Marksmanship Club and the American Legion. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Waterford.

Heinz was a wonderful husband, father and provider. He was strong, stubborn, kind, caring and loved with all his heart. He was an honorable and much respected man. He loved to tell stories, laugh, act silly, try new things and spend time with his friends and family. He found joy and fulfillment in his work and making the world a more beautiful place, which he did, not only with landscape design, but by just being in it. Some of his favorite things included flowers of any kind, Red Maples, John Wayne, roast beef and pudding! Heinz was a true light in our lives.

Funeral services along with military honors will be held at 12:00p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Peace Lutheran Church, 7390 Elizabeth Lake Rd., Waterford Township, Michigan 48327. The family will receive guests for visitation on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 3:00pm until 7:00pm at the Union Lake Chapel of Elton Black & Son Funeral Home 1233 Union Lake Road in White Lake and Thursday at church from 11:00am until the time of service at noon. Interment will take place at 2:30 pm at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions suggested to Peace Lutheran Church or a charity of donor's choice.

Please note that due to Covid-19 regulations, there is a maximum of 25 guests permitted in the funeral home during the visitation hours.