SAN JOSE, Calif. — Peter A. Hofer, 66, of San Jose, California passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2021, suddenly and tragically from a massive heart attack.
Born January 26, 1955, in Huron to Peter Ben Hofer (deceased April 1998) and Clara Hofer (deceased May 2021).
In 1958, the family moved to Santa Clara, California where Peter grew up, along with his two sisters Rosemarie and Marialena. He graduated from Wilcox High School, got married and moved to San Jose where he raised his two children Peter, Jr. and Heather. Peter worked as a supervisor for several major beer distributors and then as a supervisor for Boise Cascade Office Products Corporation. Shortly after starting with Boise Cascade, the company acquired office supply superstore OfficeMax, Inc. and was renamed OfficeMax.
He loved the outdoors, fishing and boating and was an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, along with sprint car, drag racing and Nascar.
Peter is survived by his sister, Marialena Piazza; wife Terry; son Peter A. Hofer, Jr. (fiancée Stacey More); daughter Heather (Hofer) Henry (husband Nick); grandson Jacob Meza; step-daughter Karri Panighetti (husband Mike); nephew Jeff Newcomb (wife Traci); great-nephews Tanner Newcomb and Jaxen Newcomb; great-niece Brielle Newcomb; aunts Elena Polverino (Naples, Italy) and Rita Polverino; cousin Bruna Stroup (husband Will); second cousins Jenna Stroup and Daniel Stroup; cousin Gianna Pagano (husband Christofaro), second cousin Umberto Pagano (wife Laura) and third cousins Clara Pagano and Fabrizio Pagano (all of Naples, Italy); brother-in-law Henry Piazza; first cousin Beverly (Hofer) Wedel; second cousins Gary Wedel (wife Eileen); Gail (Wedel) Szabla (husband Mike); Jerry Hofer (wife Sharyl); Joan (Hofer) Williams (husband Cody), and Carol (Hofer) Sissel (husband Tim).
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; father; mother; sister Rosemarie Newcomb; brother-in-law Bob Newcomb; uncle Guido Polverino; along with five aunts, four uncles and numerous cousins on his father’s side of the family.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at 1 p.m., with visitation and a tribute video from 12 to 1 p.m. at Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary.
The family requests that those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation in his memory to the American Diabetes Association.