Ashton Funeral Home


Fred W. Hoffert, Jr.

June 3, 2017

Fred W. Hoffert, Jr., 88, of Bethlehem, died Saturday, June 3, 2017 in St. Luke’s Hospice House.

Born September 18, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, he was a son of the late Fred W. and Edna Mae (Cooksey) Hoffert.

He and his wife, Jeanelle (Rye) Hoffert, formerly of Little Rock, Arkansas, were married 69 years.

Fred was a manager for Manufacturers Railway, St. Louis for 26 years and for American Steel, Granite City, Illinois for 19 years.

He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University and a member of Epworth United Methodist Church, Bethlehem where he served as a trustee. He was a Boy Scout leader and traveled on church missions to Russia, Kenya and Mexico.

Surviving with his wife, Jeanelle are two sons, Fred W. Hoffert, III and his wife, Liz, of Phoenix, Arizona and Dennis K. Hoffert of London, England; a daughter, Cindy Mahaney and her husband, Ray of Mountain Top; four sisters, Ella Mae Henson, Lillian Faye Maxey and her husband, Eugene, Thelma Cummins and her husband, David and Leona Gottchlich; three grandsons, Keith, Aaron and Andrew and two great granddaughters, Kai and Lily.  A sister, Marie Wood died earlier.

A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 am, Friday, June 23, 2017 at Epworth United Methodist Church, 3245 Oakland Rd., Bethlehem.  The Ashton Funeral Home, Easton is handling the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Boy Scouts of America, Minsi Trails Council, P.O. Box 20624, Lehigh Valley, PA 18002 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,  Offer online condolences at

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  1. Annette Shriver

    June 4, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    My sincere condolences to the Hoffert and Mahaney families.

  2. Stephen B. Roe

    June 5, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Sincere regards, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Walter and Ruth Storey

    June 16, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    We will miss a beloved friend.- and co-heart in some crazy Russian mission efforts! We loved him.