Ruth Hoffman, 62, business owner

August 02, 2006

Ruth Harriet Hoffman, who formerly owned a freight forwarding business, died of lung cancer Sunday at her sister's Woodlawn home. The Irvington resident was 62.

Born in Baltimore, Miss Hoffman was a 1964 graduate of Edmondson High School.

She worked at the old Maryland Glass Co. for 16 years, and was a union shop steward there. After an on-the job injury, she became a freight forwarding agent for Phoenix Motor Express and later ran her own business in Jessup. She retired about five years ago.

Family members said Miss Hoffman was a favorite aunt to her many nieces and nephews, who affectionately called her Aunt Ruthie.

"She was a focal point of an expanding family," said her nephew Harry J. Hoffman of Ellicott City. "She was known for her warmth and sense of humor. She had a habit of telephoning family members each July 14th [Bastille Day] to sing the `Le Marseillaise.'"

He said his aunt was a mainstay at family vacations in Canada and at summertime family reunions.

Miss Hoffman taught herself to play the accordion and guitar and entertained family members with her renditions of popular songs and her own musical compositions. She wrote poetry and was a devoted crossword puzzle solver.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 1905 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville, where she sang in the choir and had been a verger. Miss Hoffman also published the church bulletin, "View from the Pew."

In addition to her nephew, survivors include three brothers, Hollen B. Hoffman of Timonium, Charles R. Hoffman of Catonsville and William Harry Hoffman of Ellicott City; five sisters, Eleanor H. Kerpelman of Baltimore, Cornelia H. Reese of Westminster, Margaret H. Roberts of Woodlawn, Dorothy H. Rushworth of Brewerton, N.Y., and Charlotte H. Lillard of Elkridge; and 23 other nieces and nephews.

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