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Public invited to attend Lawndale Mayor Hofmann’s funeral

OW Staff Writer | 11/20/2013, 1:47 p.m.
Lawndale Mayor Harold Hofmann

LAWNDALE, Calif. — The public is invited to attend a Patriotic Memorial Service for Lawndale Mayor Harold Hofmann, who passed away on November 16, 2013, at his home from natural causes.

Hofmann, 81, was mayor of Lawndale for more than 20 years, and prior to that, a member of the City Council for 10 years, said Lt. John Hocking of the sheriff’s South Los Angeles station.

Hofmann first ran for City Council in 1976 because he was frustrated and dissatisfied with local government. It took him three tries to win a seat, and he was elected to the City Council in April of 1980.

Hofmann was first elected mayor in April 1990, running on a platform of accountability among City Hall workers and improving the city’s appearance.

Born in Montebello, Hofmann later moved to Lawndale.

Hofmann lived in the house where he was raised. He rode a horse down a dirt road to school, tying it up in front of the schoolhouse each morning.

Hoffmann had contemplated stepping down at the beginning of the year, but with two more years of mayor ahead, his eyes remained fixed on Lawndale’s future.

“Every time I finished a project I thought I would be satisfied,” Hofmann stated. “(The job) is still interesting, still challenging and I still love the people of Lawndale.”

He is survived by his wife Doris, their children and grandchildren.

The service will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at 1:00 p.m., at the Lawndale Community Center, 3rd Floor, located at 14700 Burin Avenue, Lawndale.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Harold Hofmann’s name to: Little Company of Mary Foundation, 4101 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, California 90503 or to the Dexter Foundation, P.O. Box 7000-373, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Condolence cards can be mailed to: Doris Hofmann & Family, C/O City of Lawndale Mayor’s Office, 14717 Burin Avenue, Lawndale, CA 90260.