Gerald F. ‘Jerry’ Hoff | News, Sports, Jobs
Gerald F. “Jerry” Hoff, 86, of Altoona, was called home by his creator on Tuesday night surrounded by his loving family. The youngest son of Clair Albert and Evelyn Catherine (Weamer) Hoff was born in the family home of Dutch Hill.
Jerry graduated from Altoona Catholic High School in 1953. After graduation, he served two years in the United States Army and was stationed in occupied Japan.
He married Barbara Mae Gearhart on May 20, 1961. Together they raised four children in Juniata while Jerry worked for International Harvester and Allegheny Trucks Inc., and obtained an associate degree in business administration from Penn State University. , in Altoona. He retired as director of Allegheny Trucks in 2000.
After Barbara’s death in 2007, Jerry was reintroduced to Jeanne (Klotowski) Burkett, a 1953 graduate colleague of ACHS. The two got married on November 28, 2009 and lived 12 happy years together.
Jerry was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Bavarian Aid Society, and the Galbraith Clan. He was a longtime Pittsburgh Pirates fan and beloved friend, father and grandfather.
Besides Barbara, he was predeceased by his parents; and his brothers, Raymond and Clair.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Jeanne; and four children: Richard (MaryAnn) of Murrysville, Michael (Elvira) of Crafton, Suzanne (Corey Little) of Pittsburgh and Dianne Homan (Travis) of Altoona. He loved and was extremely proud of his eight grandchildren: Adam, Ethan, Evelyn, Madelyn, Katelyn, Samuel, Leah and Hannah. Stepchildren also survive: Michael Miller, David Miller, Wendy Burkett and Holly Fuller; six step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.
A private opening will take place for the family on Sunday.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 am on Monday January 3, 2022, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 14th Street and Fifth Avenue, Altoona, by Father Lubomir J. Strecok.
Arrangements are made by Stanley J. Krish Funeral Home Inc., 1204 17th St., Altoona.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on Jerry’s behalf to the Bishop Guilfoyle Angel Fund, which provides tuition assistance for students.