|Birth: ||Nov. 3, 1885|
|Death: ||Dec. 23, 1971|
NOTED LONGTIME METRO ST. LOUIS (MO) AREA FUNERAL DIRECTOR, BUSINESS and CIVIC EXECUTIVE.
GEORGE W. HOFFMEISTER was a prominent St. Louis area funeral director, president, owner and CEO of HOFFMEISTER MORTUARIES, founded in 1858 in St. Louis by ancestor CHRISTIAN W. HOFFMEISTER, an immigrant from Hanover, Germany who worked as a liveryman and undertaker in the village of Carondelet, south of the city limits.
GEORGE attended the prestigious Worsham School of Mortuary Science in Chicago, IL and apprenticed at the HOFFMEISTER CHAPEL at 7814 S. Broadway, eventually becoming General Manager and then President of the noted undertaking firm.
During his leadership, the firm built the architecturally-noted HOFFMEISTER COLONIAL MORTUARY in St. Louis Hills, an affluent South St. Louis City neighborhood, using architectural plans by Architect P. John Hoener of St. Louis based on inspiration from the buildings of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, which at the time was being restored by philanthropist/oilman John D. Rockefeller. GEORGE and his wife OLGA obtained period architectural designs, antique furnishings, and other decorative schemes that were incorporated into the stylish new mortuary, which opened in 1939.
The new Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary was a huge success, attracting many patrons and families from South St. Louis City and elsewhere, which it still serves today as a part of the SCI Funeral Service Corporation. GEORGE also served on the board of the then-new Hampton Bank of St. Louis Hills, as well as in many other civic, professional and community organizations.
He and his wife OLGA eventually purchased a new home on Flamingo Drive in the new Webster Gardens subdivision in Grantwood in the 1950s, where they lived for many years.
After a funeral Mass at St. Boniface Church on Michigan Avenue in South St. Louis, "Mr. George" (as he was affectionately nicknamed by employees and friends alike) was buried on the Hoffmeister family lot at Mount Olive Cemetery in Lemay.
Christian Hoffmeister (1847 - 1925)
Elizabeth Fendler Hoffmeister (1852 - 1946)
Olga J. Traxler Hoffmeister (1892 - 1985)*
Richard G. Hoffmeister (1916 - 1994)*
George W. Hoffmeister (1885 - 1971)
Elfrieda Hoffmeister (1893 - 1913)*
President and CEO of Hoffmeister Mortuaries
Note: Prominent St. Louis metro area funeral director and businessman
Mount Olive Catholic Cemetery
St. Louis County
Plot: C.W. Hoffmeister Family Plot
Created by: Max S. Kaiser, Jr.
Record added: Feb 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65681513