Method John Hoffman Jr. passed away peacefully, in the comfort of his own home, on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021. A man of strong faith, we know he was looking forward to the day he would meet our Heavenly Father and finally reunited with the love of his life, Mary, after seven long years.
Method John Hoffman Jr. was the last born into a large family on May 18, 1932 to Method Hoffman Sr. and Mary Stavinoha Hoffman. He was the youngest of seven siblings: Edith Popp, Wilma Socha, Justine Carville, Lucille Gary, Leo Hoffman, Frank Hoffman Sr. and Walter Hoffman who all precede him in death.
He married Mary Kasmiersky Hoffman at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church on May 7, 1955 at the age of 22. The two were married for 59 years upon her passing in March 2015. He was so proud of his beautiful bride and wife, and the life they made together. The two loved to tend to their chickens and garden. They perfected the art of canning; their sauerkraut was a fan favorite. Many memories were made getting dressed up as a couple and traveling with friends to El Campo to square dance.
He was a strong and loving father to Darby and Thierry and beloved father-in-law to Sherry and Lisa. His five grandchildren, Kevin, Jenna, Kinsey, Katie and Matt, loved visiting with him and Memo on their back porch or in the building. Fondest memories of Popo include watching him come in from the barn and walk across the yard after a long day wearing his signature denim wrangler shirt and jeans and pouring himself a nice strong whiskey drink in his usual white styrofoam cup. Of course, he always let them have a “taste” and it usually ended with a good laugh. Later in life, his grandchildren provided seven great grandchildren, Harper, Wade, Gunner, Kyle, Kyndal, Cole and Miles. They have been the light of his life for the last 10 years.
Meth started working hard at a young age to provide for his family. He worked for many years at Texas West Indies while also starting his own independent rice farming operation. His love for an honest day’s work and reaping the crops from the land was passed on. His sons, Thierry and Darby, and grandson, Kevin still continue the farming legacy initiated by him years ago. Meth was a proud Army veteran and American Legion Post 251 member. He enjoyed reminiscing over old photos and telling stories of his deployment to Germany. So much so that he and Mary named their firstborn after the ship he returned home on, the U.S.S. Darby. He was also an American flag connoisseur, always sure to make those in the community aware when their flag showed signs of wear and tear and needed to be replaced. Upon Mary’s passing, he donated a flag pole memorial in her honor that is raised at the new St. Mary’s Community Center. Active in the community, Meth was also a member of the Knights of Columbus of Nada, Texas No. 3371, KJT, and gave his time in Eucharistic Adoration for many years.
In his later years, he would spend his mornings making his “rounds,” as many do, stopping by Nada Garage and the Garwood Co-op, ultimately moseying on to El Campo. An abundance of coffee was consumed along with discussions of the latest happenings in the community, farming and hunting. He enjoyed hunting very much, or maybe more so the fellowship and comradery that came along with it. There are a many of men who have memories of Meth on hunting trips. His first deer is hanging on the wall in Leo’s Place where he also spent a fair amount of time. He and the other “old timers” would congregate there to share their knowledge of the good ‘ole days with the youngsters.
After Mary’s passing, overwhelmed with loneliness, he found a companion in a widow in the community, Pat Wobbe. They enjoyed telling stories of each other’s late spouses, going to neighboring community picnics, eating out at restaurants, going to mass together and simply keeping each other company. It has been a wonderful friendship and blessing.
We love you sweet Popo and will miss you every day. Thank you for the time you gave us. May the Lord bless you and keep you until we meet again.
Visitation will be from 6 - 7 p.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 11 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12 at the church with the Rev. Peter Yeboah-Amanfo officiating. Burial with military honors under the auspices of the American Legion Post 251 will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Hoffman, Scott Friedrichs, Matt Hoffman, Cooper Cogdell, Bryan Popp and Gregory Lobpries. Honorary pallbearers will be his great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations in memory of Method may be made to Garwood Volunteer Fire Department, St. Mary’s Catholic Church or St. Mary’s Community Center.
Condolences may be shared online at www.triskafuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Triska Funeral Home of El Campo.