Harold Hoffman, age 90, of Sheboygan passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Sheboygan Senior Community surrounded by his family.
Born January 8, 1927 in Sheboygan to Harry and Sarah Hoffman (nee Blackman), Harold grew-up helping in his family's Hoffman's Grocery store at 12th and Michigan opened by his parents in 1929. He attended North High School and graduated in 1946. Following high school Harold was in the US Navy Reserve and served in 1951 for his country during the Korean War. He was stationed aboard the USS Oriskany aircraft carrier as a radio operator. It was said that Harold chose this position as the radio operators were first in the chow line, and developed an interest in Morse Code and Amateur Radio which he shared as a lifelong hobby with his three sons. During shore leave in Japan, Harold took an interest in ornamental flower arrangements. He left the Navy in 1953 with honorable discharge and returned to Sheboygan. His father had always featured plants and flowers in his grocery store. As the super markets began to squeeze out the corner groceries, Harold and his sister Mary Ann Hoffman evolved the grocery business into a full-fledged flower shop in 1958 Hoffman's Flowerland with their parent's blessings. On August 21, 1960 Harold was united in marriage to Alice Evelyn Glazer at Congregation Beth El Jacob in Des Moines, Iowa. Harold and his sister Mary were successful business people and very much enjoyed serving the Sheboygan community, with its oft-quoted slogan "Pleasing You is Our Pleasure." He took joy in his sons' accomplishments, and he and Mary welcomed the youngest son, Kevin into Flowerland in 1991. Active with the Jewish community and Congregation Beth El, Harold served as its president and remained involved with many causes including education and the State of Israel. Enjoying people as an avid walker he loved the waterfront, the pier and light house, sometimes returning with fish from friends met along the way. Harold's joys were being surrounded by family, working in the garden center and listening to Jewish music. He is survived by wife Alice of 57 years; sons Perry (Lisa), Mark (Cindy) and Kevin (Elizabeth); five grandchildren, Steven, Halle, Mari, Harrison, Valerie and Adam. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Sarah, sisters, Mildred (Sam) Bronstein, Mary Ann Hoffman, and Annette Hoffman-Altman.
Service will be held at Ballhorn Funeral Chapels, 1201 North 8th Street, Sunday June 18th. at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Sheboygan Hebrew Cemetery to follow.
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