Mary Joel Hoffenberg, 87, interior decorator

May 01, 2002

Mary Joel Hoffenberg, a former interior decorator and Los Angeles resident, died of cancer yesterday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 87.

Mrs. Hoffenberg, who had lived at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville since 1997, was born Mary Joel Kramer in Baltimore. She was raised in Winchester, Va., and after graduating from high school in 1933 worked in Washington for the U.S. Department of Justice.

In 1939, she married Jack Hoffenberg, a Baltimore advertising executive and novelist. Until moving to Los Angeles in the 1950s, Mrs. Hoffenberg worked as an interior decorator. Her husband, author of A Thunder at Dawn and Sow Not in Anger, died in 1977.

Graveside services for Mrs. Hoffenberg will be held at 1 p.m. today at King David Memorial Garden, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, Va.

She is survived by a sister, Mildred K. Shapiro of Baltimore; her companion, Dr. Louis Shuman of Catonsville; and many nephews and nieces.

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