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HOFFMANN, Dr. Meinrad Winfried

July 1, 1918 – March 9, 2012

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Dr. Meinrad Hoffmann on Friday, March 9, 2012 at the age of 93 years.

Meinrad was born in Breslau, Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1952 with his wife Eva (nee Rother) and daughters, practising medicine in Ile a la Crosse, SK and area for twenty years. After the passing of his wife, he returned to Germany where he met and married Eva Margaret (nee Hentschel) and worked in LaLoche, SK. They lived in Calgary for the past thirty years.

Meinrad is survived by his loving wife Eva (nee Hentschel); daughters Gabrielle (Brian Enright) and Celestine Bortolin; grandchildren, Rodney Sorochuk (Freyda), Tanya Hollasch (Robert), Glen Sorochuk, Kim Hunt (Ryan) and Ryan (Kathy), Leah and Jeff Bortolin; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Boniface German Catholic Church (1923 Broadview Road N.W.) on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Mustard Seed Street Ministry, 102 – 11 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0X5 Telephone: (403) 269-1319,

In living memory of Dr. Meinrad Hoffmann, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Tibor and Joyce Guban :

    Dr.Hofmann was a respected customer of Guban Shoe Clinic in Midnapore for years. He was a pleasure to visit with and we are very sorry for your loss. He will be missed by us.


    Tibor and Joyce Guban

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  2. Margarete Panzenböck (Samonig) :

    Liebe Eva,
    die Nachricht von Meinrads Tod hat mich sehr betroffen und nachdenklich gemacht. Ich habe Meinrad nicht oft persönlich getroffen, freue mich jedoch sehr, dass wenigstens die wenigen Zusammenkünfte möglich waren. Besonders erinnern kann ich mich, als er (ich denke es war zu einer Osterzeit) zu uns auf den Pyramidenkogel kam. Er beeindruckte mich sehr. Vielleicht waren auch damals ein wenig das tolle Auto und der Umstand, dass er aus dem fernen Amerika kommt, schuld. Ein amerikanischer Onkelt mit einem Auto, das ein Automatikgetriebe hat, imponierte nicht nur mich, sondern auch meine beiden Brüder.
    Ein zweites Treffen, das mir nur allzu herzlich und lebhaft in Erinnerung ist, war mit euch beiden bei Bärbel und Gerhard. Gerne denke ich an diesen Nachmittag zurück. Mir wird Meinrad als ein Mensch in Erinnerung bleiben, der offen und aufgeschlossen, herzlich und humorvoll war und die Menschen um sich liebte.
    Ich wünsche dir und deiner Familie viel Kraft für diese schweren Stunden und bin mit meinen Gedanken bei euch.

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  3. Melchoir @ Pauline Bouvier :

    We the Bouvier family would like to send our sincere condolences he was a well respected man here in Ile a la crosse. Our prayers are with you.

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  4. George Bessey :

    I remember well the many times he came to the assistance of my wife at the ile-a-crosse hospital. He was a wonderful person and a fantastic doctor

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  5. Ed and Carol Thorsteinson :

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Hoffman. He was very kind to us and helped us a lot throughout our Northern years when we lived in Beauval. We have only heart-warming memories of him, and treasure the wonderful picture of him and Eva from many years ago at a “formal” gathering in Beauval.
    Sincere condolences.

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  6. Dr. Hoffman was a wonderful person and a fantastic and loving doctor. He delivered most of our children, and usually commented that one of them, maybe, would be the one to look after us in our old age!

    He was well respected as a doctor and one of the best diagnostic doctors in the province. When his first wife passed, he carried on b ravely as he could, and was supported in this by his two girls.

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  7. Vye Bouvier :

    Dr. Meinrad Hoffman and his wife Eva were part of my life when I was growing up in Ile a la Crosse. They lived not very far from where I grew up and still live.

    I am sad to hear that Gabrielle and Celestine have lost their father. You may not remember my parents, Louis and Georgina Bouvier, who are also now gone, but you would remember my sister Laura, who is your age peer.

    Your father must have had interesting stories about having been the lone physician for a huge area. It would be interesting to read anything written about his experience of life here.

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  8. Mike Durocher :

    I will always cherish the memory of Dr. Hoffmann. During my childhood growing up in Ile a la Crosse, he saved my mother’s life, who had a brain tumor in 1958. She lived until 1982 after several bouts of cancer. Dr. Hoffmann saved a lot of lives while he worked in Ile a la Crosse, he was not afraid to take scalpal and perform surgeries, he delivered countless babies. I go home to Ile a la Crosse many times each year and when I travel across the lake to Sandy Point where we lived at one time, I always look at his house at the point and remember him and Mrs Hoffmann and her big smile. Rest in Peace my doctor, you served my people well.

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  9. Hetty Roessingh :

    Ryan, Kathy and Celestine: Your father and grandfather lived large! He accomplished so much, and gave so much to his community and his family … he lived well and very, very long. Sad to see the end of a life, but rejoice in the memories, and a peaceful passing.You’re in my thoughts, Hetty

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