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Junette Hoffmann, gardener, community volunteer

May 7, 1917 – May 10, 2015

Junette Hoffmann, a longtime resident of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda area and a gardener who was active in community service, died Sunday at Tennyson Court Assisted Living in Williamsville, three days after turning 98.

Born Junette Carlson in Ludlow, Pa., she graduated as valedictorian from Ludlow High School. She attended Erie Infants Home and Hospital, graduating with a certificate as an infant nurse.

Mrs. Hoffmann worked as a teacher’s assistant for Parents’ Council School for Retarded Children on Elmwood Avenue from 1954 to 1960.

She was a longtime member of Kenmore United Methodist Church and the church’s Women’s Circle. She also was a leader for the Girl Scouts of America and Brownies for many years.

She was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America, a nonprofit charitable organization where she and her husband trained as clowns and, as Raggedy and Tux, entertained in the 1970s and 1980s at many local parades, schools and nursing homes.

Mrs. Hoffmann was honored with the Garden Award from the Kenmore Garden Club for her rose gardens at her home in the Town of Tonawanda. She also was recognized for her community service for making and distributing more than 600 comfort pillows for post-surgical patients. Her work was featured on the program “Heart to Heart” with Barry Lillis on Channel 2 in 1989. She also enjoyed sewing, baking, reading, gardening, and doing jig saw and crossword puzzles.

Her husband of 64 years, William Hoffmann, died in 2004.

She is survived by a son, Terry; three daughters, Karen Hoffmann, Patricia Andrea and Deborah Markowitz; a sister, Doris Baten; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held in July at Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore.