MARQUETTE, MI. - Philip Michael Hoffman, age 35, of 1935A Freedom Drive, Marquette, entered eternal life Tuesday afternoon, July 23, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital, in the loving, comforting care of his family.
Born May 8, 1978 in Marquette, the son of Michael E. and Judy J. (Saari) Hoffman, Phil was raised in the Marquette-Harvey area and attended the Marquette area public schools. Very early, his life was to take a dramatic turn as he was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy, which would eventually rob him of many abilities that most people take for granted. Phil, however, possessed an indominable spirit which carried him through life, and provided him with a longer life than expected and a much fuller life than many experience. In 1997, he graduated from Marquette Senior High School and later attended Northern Michigan University where he received an Associate Degree in Computer Information Systems. Phil loved electronics, any new technology and electronic gadgetry. He was almost constantly on his computer, reading, writing, and playing music, and never far from his i-pod. He enjoyed music of all types, liked watching movies, and was a licensed ham radio operator. Phil later returned to Northern in the hopes of pursuing a BS Degree in Business, lacking one year of his goal of graduating due to illness. One of Phil's passions, and there were many, was camping, an experience that began when he was five, attending Bay Cliff Health Camp. He camped several seasons at Bay Cliff until age 18, and then spent several years camping as an adult camper. For several years, he also attended Muscular Dystrophy Summer Camp in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Phil also served as a local representative for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and appeared on the local MD Telethon for many years.. Bay Cliff, however, was a very special place for Phil. It was there that he first met Lisa Trytko, and on a fall day in 2001 at the camp's new gazebo, he proposed and received the desired answer. On September 6, 2003, Phil and Lisa were married at St. Louis the King Catholic Church in Harvey.
Phil was a devoted fan of the sport of hockey. Although he could not participate fully as a child, he was always willing to give it his best and remained a strong supporter of the game. From the age of 10 until this past year, he attended Northern hockey games devotedly, and was an enthusiastic fan of the Red Wings, with his football passion confined to the Green Bay Packers. In 1994, Phil and his family traveled to Los Angeles as weeklong guests of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. There he met and watched the LA Kings and Wayne Gretzky, even being ushered into the locker room to watch what happens behind the scenes. Faith was another important aspect of Phil's life. He never complained, never questioned "why me", he accepted what life offered and forged ahead, with the expectation tomorrow would be better. He was first a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Harvey where he enjoyed singing in the choir and served on the church council, and with his marriage to Lisa, the couple became members of St. Louis the King. His personality, faith, good attitude, and sweet and positive spirit were an inspiration to many. His life was rich and full and when the end of this life came and his new life began, he was surrounded by those he loved.
Phil is survived by his wife and best friend, Lisa; parents, Mike and Judy Hoffman of Harvey; his sister, Crystal (Allan) Crask of Grand Forks, ND; grandmother, Clara Hoffman of Little Chute, WI; in-laws, Daniel and Jane Trytko of Mt Morris; brother-in-law, Jeffery (Glenda) Trytko of Grand Rapids; aunts and uncles, Trudy (Steve) Stransky, Brenda Morrow, Karen (Bill) Ewing, Paul and Carl Saari; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Phil was preceded in death by grandparents, Michael L. Hoffman, Elmer and Eleanor Saari.
Friends may call at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Sunday from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. A prayer service will be held at 7:45 pm Sunday evening with Rev. James Duehring presiding. Visitation will continue on Monday, July 29, at St. Louis the King Catholic Church in Harvey beginning at 11:00 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 pm with Rev. Ben Paris as celebrant. Family members will serve as escorts. A reception will follow in Fr. Gauthier Hall. Private inurnment will be made in the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Memorial Garden.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Bay Cliff Health Camp, P.O.Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808.
The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderfuneralhome.com.