Beatrice Darlene Hoffmann passed away surrounded by family on August 6, 2017 after a brief illness brought on from Dementia/ Parkinson’s disease which she battled for 10 years.
Bea was born in St. Charles, Missouri on July 6, 1937 to Lawrence W. Meyer and Mildred Skinner. Her father commissioned to Marinship Sausalito brought the family to California in 1942. Bea attended grade school in San Anselmo and graduated from Drake High School in 1955. She went to work waitressing at Cafe 101 where she met Al Hoffmann. They were married April 26,1959. While raising a family Bea worked as a waitress, cocktail waitress and or bartender at The Gold Clown, The Old Fashion and Country Club Bowl. She announced bowling scores on a daily broadcast for KTIM San Rafael eventually becoming the office manager of Hoffmann Construction Inc.
Al built their “family home” bringing them to Novato in 1974. Bea was very active in the community having been President of the Novato Federation of Women, President of the Novato Garden Club, President and Secretary of Marin County Women’s Bowling Association, and Secretary of Marin County Men’s Bowling Association. She served on the Marin Grand Jury. Her hobbies included all and any kind of crafts, gardening, spoiling her grandchildren and of course bowling. She was a bowling coach to many kids in Marin.Bea is survived by her husband; Alfred J. Hoffmann, Daughter; Lisa (Mark) Hutchinson and sons Jeffrey and David (Doreen) Hoffmann, Granddaughters; Sarah Hoffmann and Anna Hoffmann and Nephews Joe Fust and Willy Hudnell. She was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Mildred and her younger sister Patricia Hudnell.
The family will be holding a Celebration of her Life at Marin Country Club, Sept. 16th from 11am – 3pm at 500 Country Club Dr. Novato. Arrangements were made by her family & Neptune Society of Novato.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bea’s honor to the California USBC BVL Fund. Funds can be sent to the CUSBC office at 45 Mitchell Blvd, Suite 7, San Rafael, CA 94903.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 13, 2017
Obituary also on legacy.com.