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Obituary for Frank Joseph Hoffer, Jr.
Frank Joseph Hoffer, Jr., age 75, of Mineral Wells, West Virginia, died Wednesday, December 31, 2008, at the Charleston Area Medical Center. He was born June 22, 1933, in Lorain, Ohio, son of the late Frank J. and Priscilla Miko Hoffer, Sr. He was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Dayton, and he was a self-employed entrepeneur, having owned and operated many businesses ranging from restaurants, a sanitation company, and a public pool. Currently, Mr. Hoffer was the founder, owner, publisher, and editor of the monthly senior publication The Senior News in Parkersburg, West Virginia, which was established in 1987. It serves markets in Wheeling, Charleston, Huntington, and Parkersburg, West Virginia, Steubenville, Marietta, and Athens, Ohio, and Ashland, Kentucky. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Parkersburg, and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #594 in Parkersburg. Mr. Hoffer was a member of the North America Mature Publishers Association; the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Parkersburg, the Charleston Chamber of Commerce and Development; and the Southeastern Advertising Publishing Association. He was awarded the Distinguished West Virginian Award for outstanding achievement and meritorious service by former West Virginia governor Bob Wise on May 12, 2004, and he was awarded a Senior Lifestyle Award in 1998. Mr. Hoffer loved music and old movies. He was funny, witty, and loved by all. He had a strong sentiment for family and tradition, and he loved his family. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two sisters, Audrey Mettler and Priscilla ?Tootsie? Baldasare; and one brother, Eugene James Hoffer. Surviving are his wife and companion of 30 years, Shawn Leigh Hoffer; three children, Craig J. Hoffer of Morristown, Cindy R. Carnahan of Caldwell, and Kim L. Duvall of Lewisburg; one aunt, Margie Hoffer of Florida; five grandchildren, Katie and Barrett Carnahan, Heather Smith, and Aaron and Lindsey Duvall; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. There will be no visitation. A Memorial Mass will be observed Tuesday, January 6, 2009, at 10AM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1332 North Halstead St. Suite 201, Chicago, Illinois, or online at www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org., or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105, or online at www.stjude.org. McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, 416 East Street, Caldwell, is caring for the family.