HAWTHORNE, Nev. – Rudolf “Rudi” von Hoffmann, 76, passed away Jan. 27, 2013, in Hawthorne, Nev., surrounded by his best friends and his pastor. Rudi was born July 9, 1936, in Riga, Latvia, the oldest son of Helene and Boris von Hoffmann.
He lived first in Riga, Latvia, then in West Prussia – now Poland, in East Germany and then in West Germany, before immigrating to the United States with his family in 1955. Before he came to the U.S., he was an apprentice on a farm in Germany. He had many interesting stories to tell about his life on the farm. After he came to the U.S., he worked as a custodian for May Co., first in Cleveland and then in Los Angeles, for many years. After he retired he worked as a personal care attendant for a man who was paraplegic. When the apartment building they lived in was destroyed by an earthquake in Santa Monica, Calif., Rudi moved with his employer to Nevada, where he continued to take care of him until his employer died. Rudi visited his sister Irene in Maine every summer. He loved to fish and could spent hours sitting by the shore, smoking his pipe and waiting for the fish to bite. When he was in Maine he helped to stack the firewood each day, before going fishing. He also loved to watch and listen to operas and classical music in general. He also was very interested in sports and used to play soccer when he was young. Rudi was a kind and gentle man, who learned English, even though he only had a six grade education. Rudi had a phenomenal memory and would remember many details of his life, particularly while he had lived in Germany.
Rudi was predeceased by his parents, Helene and Boris von Hoffmann; and his youngest brother, Axel von Hoffmann. He is survived by his sister, Irene von Hoffmann; his brother, Boris von Hoffmann; his brother-in-law, John McCormack; and his sister-in-law, Carol von Hoffmann. He also leaves behind his nieces and nephews, Johann von Hoffmann, Viktoria von Hoffmann, Nikolai von Hoffmann, Astrid von Hoffmann, Harry von Hoffmann, Amanda Jones and her husband, Kirk Jones, and their children, Willow and Violet, Heidi von Hoffmann and her daughter, Rayth, and Erick von Hoffmann and his wife, Monica von Hoffmann, and their children, Luke and Evangeline. He is also survived by two aunts, Ursel von Kiparski and Ilse von Kiparski; and his cousins, Alexander von Kiparski and his wife, Beatrice von Kiparski, and their children, Nikolai von Kiparski and his son, Kuno von Kiparski, and his wife, Nijole von Kiparski, and their children and grandchildren, and Christa Blum and her husband, Robert Blum, and Christa’s children and grandchildren. Rudi also leaves behind “his special family,” Steve and Diana Munger in Hawthorne, Nev. They loved and cared for him and were with him when he passed away. We would like to give special thanks to Pastor Marty and members of the Assemblies of God Church – Oasis for their care and visits for Rudi during his illness. We also want to thank the staff members of Mineral County Care & Share Senior Center for their support and friendship to Rudi.
A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m. March 9 at Assemblies of God Church – Oasis, Hawthorne, Nev. There will also be a memorial service in Orono at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation.