E. Joan Hoffman

E. Joan Hoffman, 90, of Decatur passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur, where she had been admitted earlier that day. She was born on October 30, 1926 in Allen County to Clarence R. and Emma (Heckley) Pape. She was married on December 2, 1945 to Fred R. Hoffman.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur. She was the self-employed owner of Joan's Tax Service in Decatur since 1972.  Prior to the establishment of her tax service, she was the manager of H & R Block in Decatur from 1965 - 1972. From 1957 - 1958, she and her husband owned and operated the Ossian Hot Dog Drive In.  Politically active in the local Democratic party, she was a Precinct Committee woman for 30 years; member of the Decatur City Council from 1976 - 1980; Board of Public Works from 1976 - 1980; and Parks and Recreation Board from 1980 - 2002, where she was also a former president.  She also served as an acting mayor on a few instances during Mayor Harold Miller's last term in office.

She was such a good poker player that her husband would take her to Vegas to play Texas Hold'em and try her skills there. They enjoyed fishing and spending time at their lake cottage on Coldwater Lake in Michigan. Family and friends were very important to her; she spent much time with her grandson and great-grandchildren. Her effect on them can be seen as the grandchildren spent much time visiting her in her later years.

She is survived by her son, Daniel T. (Jacklyn K.) Hoffman of Decatur; grandson, Myles F. (Amy) Hoffman of Berne; sister, Maxine Brandyberry of Fort Wayne; and two great-grandchildren, Hunter White; and Mylee Hoffman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on April 19, 2007; and two sisters, Juanita McBride; and Mary Lu Clifton.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur and one hour prior to the 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Friday, March 31 at Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur. Officiating will be Rev. James Voorman. Burial will be at Decatur Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Amedisys Home Health Services or Lutheran Social Services.

Arrangements provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.zwickjahn.com.