John A. Hoffert Jr.

September 8, 1929 - April 20, 2020
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John A. Hoffert, Jr., Age 90: Born 09/08/1929 Reading PA passed from this earth on Monday April 20, 2020. John was a longtime resident of Mohnton PA and was recently staying at Country Meadows in Wyomissing PA. John was the only child of John A. and Rae (Robinson) Hoffert of Kenhorst PA. He graduated from Albright College in Reading PA and continued education at Dickinson College in Carlisle PA for his law degree. Although he passed on entering the FBI, he served his country in the Army during the Korean War as Supply Sergeant at Camp Stewart in GA. Best known as Attorney John Hoffert of Hoffert and Klonis, PC, he served Berks County until recently in his late 80’s. From the DA’s office to private practice, John also served as counselor, solicitor, and professor for Albright College, numerous townships and boroughs, authorities, Laureldale Cemetery, and Rajah Shrine. John was truly the last of the country gentleman attorneys; traveling to clients that could not get in to see him and also holding open hours for any client that wanted free advice in the evening at his Shillington office. John was a beloved member of the Rajah Shrine, a 32nd degree Mason, and a Past Director of the Allentown Court, Royal Order of Jesters. When his life of law allowed, John was an avid hunter, fisherman, and could also be found enjoying golf at some of the local country clubs. He served as President of Little Kings Gap Hunting & Fishing Lodge, Carlisle, PA. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Deone (Dupre’) Hoffert and his three children. Daughter Susan E, Morey: Grandchild Jesse J. Morey and wife Jamie with great grandchildren Owen and Alexis. Grandchild Zachary A. Morey. Son John W. Hoffert and wife Janel: Grandchild John Austin Hoffert and wife Katlyn, grandchild Blayne H. Hoffert and wife Michelle, and grandchild Aubrey M. Hoffert. Daughter Diana L. Gaenzle: Grandchild Regan E. Gaenzle and grandchild Reese H. Gaenzle. Family and friends will miss this icon of Court St. Reading, his remarkable blue eyes, his charismatic personality, storytelling and hearing him say “Hey Buddy.” He lived life to the fullest and he did all that way…’his way’. During these precarious times for health and safety, the funeral will be a private family ceremony handled by Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., and the Laureldale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that any donations in John’s name be made to the Shrine Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, c/o Rajah Shriners, P.O. Box 40, Blandon, PA 19510. Please visit to read John’s obituary and leave a parting remark/remembrance/or comment.


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Laureldale Cemetery


4631 Pottsville Pike
Laureldale, PA 19605

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Shriners Hospital for Children

c/o Rajah Shrine
P.O. Box 40
Blandon, PA 19510


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Born: September 8, 1929
Died: April 20, 2020

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Ashley Mikulsky posted on 6/1/20

On behalf of everyone at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, we are so saddened to hear of John's passing. He was a wonderful man who helped our organization through many estate gifts and was always a joy to speak with on the phone. Always patient and kind, we will miss working with him very much. Thank you for the gift of his presence in our lives.


Geri Ciervo posted on 5/19/20

To the Family of John Hoffert, I extend my deepest sympathy to your family for your loss. John was a friend of my late husband, Ronald A. Ciervo, Sr. He and John went to school together and were life-long friends.


Bill Meek posted on 5/1/20

Butch: I was sorry to learn of your Pop's passing. He was my friend for over 40 years. A true gentleman; I know you and your family will miss him.


Carolyn Glassmoyer posted on 4/27/20

Dear Deone and family, We are saddened to hear about John's passing. He was always considered more of a friend to us than our family's attorney. We'll miss his wit and personality. We're sorry that we won't have the chance to see him again with all that's going on in the nation; but he will always be there in our hearts and minds. I'm sure he'll be taking a few hunting trips out West--I used to hear about them from Jim. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences on your loss. We will be praying for all of you at this very sad time in your lives. Please stay safe. The Glassmoyer family--Carolyn, Lauren and Melanie


Don Benedict posted on 4/27/20

I am sad to hear of John's passing. Although I did not know him well, he always remember me and called me Donnie. He was always welcoming and sincere. A true gentleman. I know he will be dearly missed. I hope you find solace in the happy memories you shared. Thoughts and prayers.


Gene T. Waltz posted on 4/26/20

John, I am so sorry to hear of your father's death. It is inevitable for us all, but still hard to deal with when is happens. At our age, we are losing many parents. Your father was fortunate to have you to help him stay engaged in hunting, the masons, fish pond, etc. I enjoyed getting to know him and work with him on the ZHB. He was a local legend and touched many lives. He is now in a better place!


Michael Derr posted on 4/26/20

My prayers are with the Hoffert family during this time of lost. John will be missed greatly by his family and friends. He was truly one of kind and will be missed by many. We had many good times, see you later buddy. Mike Derr Mohnton, PA


Gery & Wanda Geesaman posted on 4/26/20

So sorry for your loss, John was such a kind & thoughtful person , he will surely be missed by his family & friends. He was very helpful to my mother after my father died and she became a single mother of 2 young children. He gave her the advice she needed to make the right choices than and any other time she called on him. He was an all around great guy.


john gaenzle posted on 4/26/20

Dear Deone and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of mourning. John was a second father to me. His generosity, caring, and loving personality followed him everywhere. Family meant the world to him. Family gatherings were times I will cherish forever. I am thankful to God for placing John in my life. God bless you John and I will see you on the first tee at the country club of Heaven.


john gaenzle posted on 4/26/20

Dear Deone and Hoffert family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grieving. John became a second father to me. His generosity, caring, and loving personality followed him everywhere. His family meant the world to him. The family gatherings will be memories I will cherish the rest of my life. Thank you John for being there for me and my family. Your love and kindness will always shine through those who knew you. God bless you and may I see you on the first tee at the country club of heaven.


Ronald Bair Jr posted on 4/25/20

All you had to do was look into John's eyes and they would make you smile. He was a happy man who enjoyed life and helped so many people. Deone & John created one beautiful family! If John had the time and desire he could have easily been the Mayor or Reading because everyone loved him. I did not see him often but felt his spirit and now that his physical being is gone, his joyous and fun loving soul lives on and remains with us. Amen!


Pat & Gene Waltz posted on 4/25/20

To Butch and family, I have great memories with your Dad through Shillington Borough Council, 20 years. Several State Borough Conventions, etc. I also well remember the "Hey Buddy" greeting. Your Dad was a great guy, he did so many legal things for so many people and organizations within the Borough with no fee charged. Obviously he will be greatly missed but never forgotten. he had a great may friends. God bless you and your family. Sincerely!


David L Reeser posted on 4/25/20

Dear Diana and family, Our sincere sympathies to you and your family on the death of your dad. He certainly had a personality that was bigger than life and a he was a very accomplished man. Please know that we are thinking of you at this time of sorrow. Fondly, Barbara and Dave Reeser


Linda Hamm posted on 4/25/20

In memory of John A. Hoffert Jr., Linda Hamm lit a candle


Linda Hamm posted on 4/25/20

Sorry to hear the loss of your husband and father. He was my parents lawyer for a long time. He was a kind man. He was really good to the Stamm family. May he rest in peace.


Chris Schlouch posted on 4/24/20

Rest In Peace John you were a good man. Drink a Scotch with Wayne and shoot some deer. Prayers to the Hoffert family.


Barbara Yousaitis posted on 4/24/20

Dear Deone. I was so sorry to read of your husbands passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy. Barbara (Lancôme @Boscovs)


Jenny Palmer posted on 4/24/20

Diana, My most sincere condolences to you and your family. Your father was always there for our family. His kindness and compassion will never be forgotten. There will never be another John Hoffert! Heaven has truly gained a very special angel.


Donna M. Smith posted on 4/24/20

In memory of John A. Hoffert Jr., Donna M. Smith lit a candle


Donna M. Smith posted on 4/24/20

Mr. Hoffert was there for me when I was in a state of shock! He assured me he had my back after confirming what was going on behind my back and need not worry anymore! He shared I did the right thing for my mother which was a relief and peace of mind! He considered my ability to pay when taking my case! He will be missed for serving God by helping others!


John & Connie Knappenberger posted on 4/24/20

We are so sorry to read about John's passing. He helped our entire family with all our legal needs with class, humor and patience. He will be missed.


Pfeiffenberger Family posted on 4/24/20

May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Our most sincere condolences, The Pfeiffenberger Family.


Jim and Debbie Landrigan posted on 4/24/20

Dear Hoffert Family, We are so sorry for your loss. John was so kind to us and our family. He helped our sons when they did bone headed things. John always greeted us with a smile and of course an extra hug for Debbie. He was always buying a round for whomever came into the restaurant he was in. I had to buy a round secretly for him and when he found out he always said I'll have a bottle of Dom! You will always be in our hearts! Love you "Buddy"


Dick Schilpp posted on 4/24/20

Sympathies to Deone & family.....John and I shared 3rd & 4th grade at Farview plus a piano teacher.... friends ever since!


Bob Williams posted on 4/24/20

John and sisters. I’ve known you John and your dad for many years with much respect. I am very sorry for your loss and pray for comfort to your entire family. God’s blessings Bob Williams


Gordon & Patty Howresko posted on 4/24/20

Our sincere condolences go out to John's family. He not only was our attorney for many years but a true friend and brother. He always had time for many no matter how busy he was. He touched many lives and made them better.


Faith Casciano posted on 4/24/20

John, Austin, Blayne, Aubrey and family, So sorry to hear of the death of your father/grandfather. He lived a full life with his family by his side. May the memories bring you peace and make you smile remembering his treasured life. He will be missed.


Ellie Sarno posted on 4/24/20

When I was a young, green attorney, John (because he would never let me call him Mr. Hoffert) was always kind to me. I will never forget his sunny smile and the hugs he had for many in the courthouse. He was a legend of the Bar and will be missed. My deepest condolences to Zach, Tom and John’s family.


Jeffrey Watt posted on 4/24/20

When I was 17 my mother passed away. John was handling the estate. He gave me a job. First working in the library on the 3rd floor and later graduating to runner to file documents at the Prothonotary and Recorder of Deeds. Sometime I would even get to research cases and bring the findings to him. I worked at the Law Office for 5 years. I fondly remember those as some of the best years of my life. John was like a father to me. Always there to help me out of a bind. And there were a few of those. He was always gracious and kind. No matter how dumb a thing I did. All my life I looked up to him and wanted him to be proud of me. I will forever miss his wisdom and guidance. I'm so honored to have known him. May God bless and keep his family and may they always know that the world is such a better place because John Hoffert, Jr. was part of it.


Giuseppe Aquila posted on 4/24/20

Our condolences go out to you and your families. He will be truly missed. Joe Aquila and family


Bonnie Schaeffer posted on 4/23/20

To the family of Mr John Hoffert, John was the kindest man, He was my attorney for years , He was always smiling,He knew the law inside and out. I will never find another Attorney like him. They broke the mold when he was born , He will be truly missed Rest In Peace Mr. Hoffert 😢


Mike De Feo posted on 4/23/20

On behalf of the Borough of Mohnton, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Hoffert Family. John was more than our solicitor for over half a century, he was our friend, to both the borough and its residents, always willing to lend a hand, and we will miss him dearly


Nadine (Ciervo) Jensen posted on 4/23/20

Mr. Hoffert was a good friend to my father and was always so nice to speak with. He had a great sense of humor. Glad he lived life to the fullest.


Diane Hetrich posted on 4/23/20

In memory of John A. Hoffert Jr., Diane Hetrich lit a candle


Diane Hetrich posted on 4/23/20

I’m so sorry for your loss, Sue, John, Diana, your mom, and Family. Your Dad was so helpful to my daughter, Jami during a very dark time, and I will always be grateful. I hope your years of happy memories will sustain you at this time. May he Rest In Peace. Deepest Sympathy, Diane


Sandy posted on 4/23/20

To the Family, Our deepest condolences for the lose of a husband, father, grandfather, father n law, and a great person. He had a life with many friends. He will be missed! Prayers to the whole family. Stan and Sandy Owens


Martha & Shannon posted on 4/23/20

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time Love to our Deone


Marci Schatzman posted on 4/23/20

Dear Diana, I am so very sorry to read this. I can appreciate how difficult this is for you and your family. We lost dad a week ago. His obituary is listed right before your dads. Wow, Shillington will never be the same. Please know my thoughts are with you as you try to navigate this. Your dad was so good to me over the years and provided significant inspiration to me. He will surely be missed by many. Wish you were still next door right now. Sending my sincere sympathy, Marci (King) Schatzman