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 Susan A. Hoffman

Susan A. Hoffman, 69 years old, of Erie, PA, lost her battle with cancer and was called home, surrounded by her family and friends, on June 15th, 2019. 

Born in Erie, PA, She was a daughter of Francis and Marian (Sontheimer) Hartmann.

She attended Mercyhurst Preparatory School and graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School. Susan then moved to Lancaster, PA where she met her husband and started her family. Once her children were grown, she returned to her hometown.

Susan served her community by working the front desk at GECAC for the last 10 years. She will be remembered for her positive and upbeat attitude. She was known for her beautiful smile that could light up a room and infectious laughter that could brighten anyone's life.

Susan was easy to get along with and never passed judgement on others. She had a sarcastic and dry sense of humor that got her through many painful days. She was laughing and joking right up until the end.

Susan lost her husband of 18 years, Llewellyn Hoffman Jr., on July 8th, 1997 to cancer. Though devastated, her warrior mentality kicked in and she pulled her family through the darkest times. She was a fiercely devoted mother and grandmother. She would do anything for her family. 

 Passed down through the generations, stubbornness and independence gave Susan the determination to do whatever she put her mind to, whether it be home repair, car repair or moving impossibly heavy objects.

Susan found peace and tranquility in nature.  She spent many hours tending to her garden. She belonged to the Arbor Day Foundation and had many trees in her yard. She was very proud of her gardens and shared her green thumb with her children. 

She was well known as an animal lover, especially her precious cats. She was an advocate for animals in need and helped spread knowledge about them. She donated frequently to shelters especially Orphan Angels and The Anna Shelter. 

Susan, her friends, and family have enjoyed many outings to yard sales, flea markets and antique stores. She had an eye for antiques and eclectic items. She had a vast collection of cobalt blue glass she proudly displayed in her home. 

Susan is survived by her daughters, Anna Hoffman and her boyfriend Matthew Wabbel, Katherine Charles and her boyfriend Bryan Rickett; granddaughters, Autumn Riggs and Cerridwen Riggs; sisters, Diane Lewis, Joanne Dauer and Mary Schmeisser and her husband Robert Schmeisser; her nephew, James Dauer and his wife Debbie Dauer; her nieces, Tracy Whithall, Valerie Halmi and her husband Jon Halmi, Melissa Schack and her husband David Schack, Megan Zubovnik and her husband Misha.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Llewellyn R. Hoffman Jr., and her parents, Marian (Sontheimer) Hartmann and Francis Hartmann.

A Celebration of Susan's life will be held at the Rotary Pavilion on Presque Isle State Park on June 24th, 2019 from 3pm-8pm. Family and friends are invited to stop by and celebrate her life. Light refreshments will be provided.  The family asks that you bring stories to share with her friends and family about Susan that will honor her memory. There will be a second celebration of life for Susan's friends and family in Lancaster as well as internment to be announced at a later time.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the The Anna Shelter, 1555 E. 10th Street, Erie, PA 16511, Orphan Angels, 5439 West Lake Road, Erie, PA 16505, or the Humane Society, 2407 Zimmerly Road, Erie, PA 16506.