July 30, 2014
Berard Hofmann, 76, died in Glenwood Springs, CO on July 20, 2014. Berard was born in Trenton, NJ to William and Alice Hofmann, both now deceased. He is survived by his sister Alice H. and brother-in-law Jerry L. Craghead, sisters-in-law Mary Jane Hofmann (John) and Hillary Hofmann (William) and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He entered the Franciscan Order immediately after graduating from Trenton Catholic Boys High School in 1955. He served as a Franciscan Brother at Catholic University of America, various parishes in New Jersey, New York and Canada and taught High School Art at Bishop Canevin High School in Pittsburgh, PA. He managed the Order’s print shop in Rensselaer, NY and also served at Covenant house in New York City addressing the problems of homeless young people in the city. He was also Director of the Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha in Fonda, NY.
He was born an artist and at an early age displayed his talents in painting and sculpting. Even as a boy his pursued art studies at Trenton Junior College. As a Franciscan Brother he remodeled and provided new art work in several older Catholic churches in NJ and NY. He also worked in stained glass and provided a resource to the Franciscan Order in that field, creating and repairing works in stained glass.
After much thought and prayer, Bob requested release from the Franciscans and moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He was recognized for his talents and became a known local artist. putting on several one-man shows. He participated in exhibits presented by the community and was active in the Glenwood Springs Art Guild’s art events for many years. He was represented by The Main Street Gallery.
He also made many valued friends At the Hot Springs Pool. He rarely missed a day of visiting and enjoying the companionship of his friends there. They brought much joy to his life and kept him glad to be in his favorite place, Glenwood Springs, CO. The kindness and generosity of this group were always with him.
As he had arranged he has been cremated. A funeral Mass will be said on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 1 p.m. at St Stephen’s Church in Glenwood Springs, to be followed by light refreshments. Donations should be made to any Charity serving the homeless.