Peter Michael Hoefer

Peter Michael Hoefer

December 24, 1948 - November 04, 2011

Peter Michael Hoefer

December 24, 1948 - November 04, 2011


Peter Michael Hoefer
December 24, 1948-November 4, 2011

Peter Michael Hoefer loved life. He was born to Bernard and Maggie Hoefer on Christmas Eve and was happiest surrounded by family during the holidays. He was devoted to his family, his friends and his students. His beautiful smile and extraordinary spirit are sorely missed by his wife, Barbara; his sister, Gretchen Terry; her husband, Chuck; and their children. Barbara’s family loved Peter deeply and struggles with his loss.

Peter’s many talents were reflected in the work he did. His gentle nature and love of all animals, especially horses, were put to use in his first career with Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation. He also loved to work with his hands and enjoyed being able to join his life-long friend, Warren Karr, in his TroubleShooters business. Peter’s final career as a Special Education teacher was the result of his passion for helping children believe in themselves, and develop to their full potential. He adored Del Cerro Elementary School, and was grateful for the opportunity to teach there with his wife. Peter played as hard as he worked. He was always excited to plan a trip to somewhere beautiful with Barbara’s parents, Bill and Carolyn Souza. Long summer vacations riding his bicycle near the beach or through the Rocky Mountains brought him endless joy.

Peter’s battle with liver disease ended on November 4th at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Because the faith of the doctors and nurses never wavered, he had the strength to persevere through some very difficult days. His family will always be grateful to them.

On Friday, November 18th from 1:00-2:00, Peter’s life will be celebrated at the Laguna Hills Community Center at 25555 Alicia Parkway. He will be laid to rest at the Riverside National Cemetery where his service in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division will be honored.

Peter was courageous his entire life, most especially during the last two years. Barbara told him daily that he was her hero. He will be forever.

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27 responses to Peter Michael Hoefer

  1. Barbara our prayers are with you during this time of loss. Love Keanu, Pomai & Dutchie Souza

  2. Stacy Souza says:

    We are all better people for knowing Peter. Whether it was as a teacher, a friend or as family, Peter touched us all.
    Peter was my brother in law, but that really means so much more. We didn’t necessarily see him a lot or spend a great deal of time together….we didn’t have to, to know that he was always there for us. This was especially true of his love for his nieces. Peter always showed an interest in what they did and supported them in so many ways. He was the “fun uncle” ; always with a smile and unbridled enthusiasm.
    And these last two years Peter has truly been the teacher, teaching us all about courage, strength and quiet persistence as he fought this battle.
    A day won’t go by when I won’t think of Peter and smile.

  3. Erin Keeby says:

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  5. I was one of the original member’s of the Peter Hoefer “fan club”.
    Gretchen ( Peter’s little sister) would bring her teenage girlfriends home.
    It was our mission to giggle, tease and bug the daylights out of Peter.
    Peter was movie star handsome ~ so what was a teenage girl suppose to do?
    Peter didn’t always appreciate us watching his every move, but it was hard to hide from us.
    We girls finally moved on to find boys who welcomed our silly attention much to Peter’s relief.
    Peter and Gretchen formed a beautiful and loving brother/sister relationship.
    While we admired Peter for his handsome good looks ~ she admired him for the good man he
    was and for the even better man she knew he would become.
    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved brother. He was a wonderful gift.
    Thoughts and prayers for the Hoefer and Terry Families.
    Peace and Blessings,
    #1 Fans Kathi, along with Kathy & Debbie

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