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Dorothy M. Hoffman

June 29, 2023


Dorothy M. Hoffman, 88, of Allentown, PA, died on Thursday, June 29, 2023.

She was born August 11, 1934, to Bertha T. (Schwabenbauer) and Joseph E. Riddle, in St. Marys, PA. She received her education in the local Catholic schools and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1952. She worked at St. Marys Insurance Agency after high school. She married Melvin J. Hoffman of St. Marys on August 5, 1961. The couple moved to the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and raised three daughters in Bethlehem. The marriage later ended in divorce. She was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church since 1961. In midlife Dorothy went to college part-time, first at Northampton Community College and then at Moravian College. She graduated with a BA in psychology in 1985. She was very proud of this accomplishment. She also completed a certificate in gerontology and was employed for several years in that field. In later life she continued to garden and she volunteered with the Miller-Keystone Blood Center and the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University, both in Bethlehem. She enjoyed traveling, and she engaged with many friends and activities at the Allentown Senior Center. She enjoyed genealogy and was an avid pinochle player. She moved to Phoebe Terrace in 2016 and to Miller Personal Care in 2019. She lived with dementia in her later years.

 Dorothy is survived by her daughters Elizabeth Hoffman Reed (husband Jeff) of Allentown, Janet Hoffman (Mike Chamas) of Crawford, CO, and Rachel Hoffman (husband Ed Hausknecht) of Annapolis, MD; her siblings Marvin Riddle (wife Helen) of St. Marys, Ellen Hoffmann of Canandaigua, NY, and Gerry Riddle (wife Sue) of St. Marys; her sister-in-law Carol Riddle of Portsmouth, NH; her aunt, Marcy Schwabenbauer, of Spring Hill, FL, as well as two grandchildren, Nathan Reed and Jules Reed, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five siblings: Mary Margaret (in infancy); Sister M. Valentina, OSB; James Riddle; Lois McCoy; and Francis Riddle.

 A Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy M. Hoffman will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA  15857 with Fr. Jeffery Noble, Pastor, as celebrant.   Burial will follow in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received at the Queen of the World Church on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 from 10:30 AM until the time of Mass.

Memorial Contributions in Dorothy’s memory may be made to Phoebe Ministries in Allentown, PA (online at or by check to Phoebe-Devitt Homes at Office of Philanthropy,1925 W. Turner Street, Allentown, PA 18104).

Lynch-Green Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, PA  15857 is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be offered to the family at

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Gathering of Family and Friends
July 5, 2023

10:30 AM
Queen of the World Church (PA)

Mass of Christian Burial
July 5, 2023

11:00 AM
Queen of the World Church
134 Queens Road
Saint Marys, PA 15857


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