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 George W. Hoffmeister

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George W. Hoffmeister

  • Birth 3 Nov 1885
  • Death 23 Dec 1971
  • Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
  • Plot C.W. Hoffmeister Family Plot
  • Memorial ID 65681513

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.

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President and CEO of Hoffmeister Mortuaries

Gravesite Details Prominent St. Louis metro area funeral director and businessman





  • Created by: Max S. Kaiser, Jr.
  • Added: 15 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 65681513
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George W. Hoffmeister (3 Nov 1885–23 Dec 1971), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65681513, citing Mount Olive Catholic Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Max S. Kaiser, Jr. (contributor 46505928) .