Fredrica Joan Hoffert - July 11, 2016

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SELKIRK – Fredrica Joan Hoffert passed into eternal life on Monday, July 11th after a long illness. She was born on September 27th, 1927 in Rhinebeck New York, one of nine children born to Herbert Edmond Wadlin and Carrie Theresa Friedman.

     After graduating from Rhinebeck Central School, Fredrica trained as a Registered Nurse at the Hudson River State Hospital School of Nursing and was licensed by the State of New York in 1948. Fredrica married John Francis Hoffert on the 16th of April, 1949. She worked at a hospital in New York City, at the Hudson River State Hospital and at Project Head Start in Hyde Park, New York until her retirement in 1982, when she and John moved from Staatsburg to Sacandaga Lake where they lived happily for 25 years.

    Fredrica is survived by her eleven children-Kathleen(John) Phelan, John Hoffert Jr. ,Patricia (Peter) Walaszek, Daniel (Linda) Hoffert, Judith (Thomas) Purdy, Joseph (Elizabeth) Hoffert, Eileen (Lawrence) O’Connell, Eugene Hoffert M.D., Jane Dienes, James (Jennifer) Hoffert, Linda (Bruce) Watson. She is also survived by 37 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and her sister Florence Turner. She was predeceased by John Hoffert, her husband of 66 years and  grandson Nathaniel Phelan .

    Fredrica’s Catholic faith was central to her life. She was a Eucharistic Minister and an active volunteer with the Rosary Altar Society, the Cursillo Movement, annual church bazaars and ministry to the elderly at both St. Paul’s Mission Church in Staatsburg and at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Northville, New York. She was a communicant at St. Francis of Assisi in Albany , New York. Fredrica never met a stranger and she would do anything to help others in need.

    A Mass of Resurrection  will be celebrated at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church in Red Hook, New York on July 29th at 10 A.M. followed by internment in the Milan Rural Cemetery, Rhinebeck , New York.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Burnett & White Funeral Home. Memorial donations in Fredrica’s honor may be made to Food For The Poor ( or the St. James Food Pantry, 50 Summit Ave., Albany, New York 12209.