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Christian W. Hoffmeister
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Birth: Jan., 1824
Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Death: Apr. 7, 1884
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA

PIONEER FUNERAL DIRECTOR and LIVERYMAN in St. Louis, MO. CHRISTIAN W. HOFFMEISTER (1824-1884), pioneer St. Louis, MO German immigrant, liveryman and undertaker, founded the Hoffmeister Mortuaries and the Great Western Livery Stables in the Carondelet district of St. Louis in 1858.

His undertaking firm is the oldest continually-operating mortuary in the City of St. Louis, and one of the oldest in the State of Missouri as well as the Midwestern U.S.A.

A native of Hanover, Germany, Christian Hoffmeister emigrated to America in 1849 and settled in St. Louis, MO, a Midwestern city on the Mississippi River that would draw many German immigrants to its boundaries. Married to Margretha Hoffmeister (1823-1904), he initially opened his Great Western Livery and Stables on South Broadway avenue in the village of Carondelet, until he was asked by clients at that time to provide additional undertaking and funeral services besides his livery--and he ultimately developed a full-service undertaking firm which at one time had four locations. The firm was sold to Service Corporation International of Houston, TX, a national funeral provider conglomerate, by great-grandson Richard Hoffmeister in the 1980's.

The HOFFMEISTER MORTUARIES still operate using the Hoffmeister name from two major locations--

HOFFMEISTER COLONIAL MORTUARY on Chippewa and Watson roads in St. Louis Hills (a noted Southwest St. Louis City neighborhood),and the
HOFFMEISTER SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL, located on the grounds of the non-sectarian Mount Hope Cemetery (founded 1910) in the near South St. Louis County suburb of Lemay, two miles from the historic Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, connected to the former Jefferson Barracks military post and historic site.

The original historic HOFFMEISTER CHAPEL location at 7814 S. Broadway was a regional funeral preparation, livery and warehouse facility for the 22 Service Corporation International (SCI) funeral homes in the St. Louis Metro area. It was closed in 2011, and the building is currently up for sale. It still bears the Hoffmeister name and dedication, inscribed in German over the north side entrance. 
Family links: 
  Jacob C Hoffmeister (1856 - 1927)*
  Frederick Hoffmeister (1858 - 1927)*
  Nicholas F Hoffmeister (1860 - 1894)*
  Mina Emelia Hoffmeister Ziebold (1862 - 1948)*
  Maximilian "Max" Hoffmeister (1867 - 1891)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Pioneer early St. Louis funeral director, liveryman and businessman.
Mount Olive Catholic Cemetery
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Plot: C.W. Hoffmeister Family Plot
Created by: Max S. Kaiser, Jr.
Record added: Jan 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64606590
Christian W. Hoffmeister
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Christian W. Hoffmeister
Added by: bjc1620
Christian W. Hoffmeister
Added by: bjc1620
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My great great grandmother was said by my grandmother to be a cousin of Christian. I am still trying, after 40 years, to positivley link the two. Elizabeth Bussen Bott Prinz. She is also buried in Mt. Olive
- Linda Nehring
 Added: Jul. 28, 2015

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