Gene Hoffman

Gene (Lane) Hoffman, 97, of Huntingdon, went to be with the Lord peacefully at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at her residence, surrounded by her family.

Born Nov. 12, 1921, in Springfield Township, she was a daughter of the late Sylvester Clyde Lane and Grace (Weaver) Lane. She was united in marriage to Dennis Merle Hoffman Sept. 11, 1946, in Biloxi, Mississippi. Mr. Hoffman preceded her in death Sept. 21, 1993.

Mrs. Hoffman is survived by three children, D. Mark Hoffman and his wife, Pam, of Livermore, California, and Cindy McCracken and her husband, John, and Harriet Caldwell, all of Huntingdon; a son-in-law, Raymond J. “Ray” Besseck, also of Huntingdon; nine grandchildren, Michael and Andrew Hoffman of California, Ben Caldwell of Ohio, Dennis Caldwell and his wife, Miranda, of Illinois, Amy (Caldwell) Heitner and her husband, Todd, of Salem, Virginia, John W. McCracken and his wife, Lindsay, of Huntingdon, Jesse McCracken of Venice, Florida, Heidi (McCracken) Stewart and her husband, Rev. Doug Stewart, of Indiana, and Jill (McCracken) Finnegan and her husband, Adam, of Huntingdon; and nine great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by a brother, S. Clyde Lane and his wife, Donna (Black) Lane, of Huntingdon.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Besseck, Jan. 6, 2018; and a sister, Harriet (Lane) Roberts.

Mrs. Hoffman was a member of Calvary Independent Baptist Church, Huntingdon, where she enjoyed teaching Sunday school and ladies Bible studies.

She was a 1938 graduate of Huntingdon High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Juniata College in 1942.

Mrs. Hoffman was a school teacher and her husband’s U.S. Air Force career allowed her to teach in many places, including: Massachusetts, Arizona, Bermuda, Texas and Huntingdon, where she retired as an 8th grade reading teacher. After her formal retirement, she continued as a substitute teacher at the Calvary Christian Academy, and at the age of 80, taught a summer school class in China.

She enjoyed riding horses and was the first female in Huntingdon County to own a motorcycle. She was well-known and will be remembered by many for her violin playing, having played at church, the Standing Stone Senior Center, hootenannies and nursing homes.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at at the Calvary Independent Baptist Church, 300 Standing Stone Ave., Huntingdon, with the Rev. Doug Stewart officiating. Interment will be made in the Old School Baptist Cemetery, Three Springs.

Friends may call at the church from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and from 2 p.m. Sunday until the hour of service. In remembrance of Gene, it was her wish that you memorize a Bible verse in her honor.

Services are under the direction of the John B. Brown Funeral Home, 417 Washington St., Huntingdon.

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