Hoffart, Lawrence

Lawrence Hoffart was born Feb. 28, 1931 in Fox Valley, Sk. on the family farm.  He was the seventh child born of 10 to Amalia and William Hoffart.
As a young man, he moved with his family to Taber, Ab. and began working at the sugar beet factory.
Thanks to his sister Johanna, he met the love of his life, Elsie Breitkreutz.  After three months, Lawrence knew that Elsie was “the one” and asked her dad for her hand in marriage.
They were married on May 20, 1954 in Taber, Ab.  Later that year, Loreen Margaret was born.   They were then blessed with a son, Bob on May 9, 1958.
In 1960, Lawrence had his last campaign in the sugar factory in Taber and it was during this time that Linda was born.
Lawrence always wanted to be a farmer and they followed their dream by purchasing two quarters in Bulwark, Ab. in 1960.  As their farm grew, their family also grew, and they welcomed their youngest daughter Susan in 1963.
The years that followed were filled with hard work, milking cows and building fences.
Lawrence and Elsie also found time for fun, family and friends.  Their house was often filled with neighbours and was a place that you could buy a dozen eggs and then find a meal.
If you happened to stay around long enough you would be roped into a game of cards or singing along with Lawrence as he played his banjo.
After building their retirement house in Castor, Lawrence and Elsie enjoyed travelling south of the border through the States and Mexico.
They joined a dance club out of Botha and spent many hours walking around town visiting their friends.  Lawrence was a true farmer and continued helping Bob through the busy seasons.
In Lawrence’s true style, he was not just an excellent farmer; he was an epic husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather.
Lawrence was so proud of all of his grandchildren and would do anything to see them smile.
He would often be found playing games, sharing treats out of his lunch, snaring gophers, drawing horses or racing his grandchildren up a hill.
Lawrence’s heart was as big as his smile and his laughter will never be forgotten.
A big piece of our heart was lost on April 2, 2017 when Lawrence passed away at the Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital, in Castor, Ab. surrounded by his loving family.
Lawrence is survived by his wife, Elsie Hoffart of Castor; son, Bob Hoffart of Castor; daughters Linda Pilsworth (George Demars) of Red Deer and Susan MacDonald (Kim Boser) of Edmonton; grandchildren: Brandy Hoffart (Andrew Brown) of Castor, Mark Hoffart of Stettler, Shane (Becky) Grams of Morinville, Dale (Laurie) Pilsworth of Coronation, Lisa (Quinton) Beaumont of Castor, Lana (Shawn) Roth of Castor and Kyle (Michelle) MacDonald of Edmonton; 14 great grandchildren: Parker, Charlie, Aden, Keenan, Ari, Christina, Logan, Jack, Kyla, Owen, Tessa, Hailey, Sawyer and Everett.
She also leaves sister Ann Puckett of Chilliwack; brothers Dan (Julia) Hoffart of Medicine Hat and Frank (Sharon) Hoffart of Didsbury; sister-in-law Dolores Hoffart, brother-in-law Harry Hecht, sister-in-law Cecile (Jack) Dombeski, brothers-in-law Ed (Lydia) Breitkreutz and Arnold (Susan) Breitkreutz; numerous other family members and many dear friends.
Lawrence was predeceased by daughter Loreen Hoffart, grandson Scott MacDonald, parents Amalia and William, parents-in-law Adele and Otto Breitkreutz, sister Johanna Hecht, brother Peter (Mary) Hoffart, sister Amalia (Otto) Schmidt, brother Tony (Katie) Hoffart, brother-in-law Rae Puckett, sister Tilley (Frank) Merkl and brother Charlie Hoffart.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wed., April 5, with Father Don Ihekwoaba and Father Arlan Parenteau concelebrants at the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Castor, Ab.
Words of remembrance were presented by Lawrence’s loving grandchildren.
Special prelude music was performed by Gordon Kopp and Allan Kopp.  Veronica Weber, Brenda Kneller and Rosa Weber shared their gifts of music and song for the mass.
Readers of scripture were Lana Roth, Les Hewitt and Maureen Long.
Honourary pallbearers were Gordon Kopp, Allan Kopp, Robert Long, George Demars and Kim Boser.  A
ctive pallbearers were Dale Pilsworth, Kyle MacDonald, Quinton Beaumont, Shane Grams, Shawn Roth and Mark Hoffart as Lawrence was laid to rest beside his precious daughter Loreen in the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Cemetery.
A time of fellowship followed at the Castor Community Hall with the C.W.L. providing and serving the luncheon.
Donations in memory of Lawrence may be made to Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital-Palliative Care Room c/o Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, Box 186 Castor, AB T0C 0X0, who were entrusted with the care and arrangements.
For further information please call 403-882-3141. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com

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