Donald Hoferitza

Donald L. Hoferitza

Sunday, November 14th, 1937 - Thursday, December 26th, 2019
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Donald Louis Hoferitza, a chosen son of God, returned home on Thursday, December 26, 2019 for a glorious reunion with his Savior and family.

Don was born the son of Joseph Lewis and Laura Elena (Gallo) Hoferitza on November 14, 1937 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He married Judith Rose Whiteside on May 9, 1959 at St. George Catholic Church.

They joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in August 1968 and were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple in August 1969. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He helped many people as he served in various callings including bishop, bishopric counselor, high counselor, youth leader, seminary teacher and temple worker. He loved family history and instilled in his children a deep love for heritage and family.

He received his education at St. George Parochial School and Mary D. Bradford High School. He later received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He followed that by earning a Master of Science from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. He also received a Certificate in Administration from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He received additional training while serving as a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Don spent his life teaching in a career spanning 43 years. He taught at Burlington Junior High, Lincoln Junior High, Bullen Junior High, St. Joseph High and finally Mary D. Bradford High School. His love of science was passed on to generations. In many cases he taught the grandchildren of some of his students. He always had time to stop and chat with former students and loved hearing about what they were doing.

He loved spending time with his family. Sunday night was "Popcorn Night" at his house. He was always there with a good joke, a pearl of wisdom or a shoulder to lean on. He taught his family service by example, always lending a helping hand to anyone in need and making friends readily.

Don is survived by his wife Judy Hoferitza, his sister Judith (David) Petersen, children Mark (Michele) Hoferitza, Jill (Victor) Llanas, Daniel Hoferitza, Christopher (Debbie) Hoferitza and Heather (Tony) HoferitzaPalermo. He has 15 grandchildren - Maria, Dustin, Emily, Taylor, Clara, Rachel, Abigail, Hannah, Halle, Maren, Devin, Parker, Megan, Riley, Ellie and 9 great-grandchildren - Kennedy, Addison, Ryker, Colton, Calem, Zoey, Lucian, Javier, and Harper.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1444 30th Avenue, Kenosha, WI. Funeral services will commence at 12:00 noon on Tuesday. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the American Diabetes Association, in his memory.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 | 9:30am - 11:30am
    Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 9:30am - 11:30am
    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Kenosha
    1444-30th Avenue
    KENOSHA, WI 53144
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  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 12:00pm
    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Kenosha
    1444-30th Avenue
    KENOSHA, WI 53144
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Brian J. Bruner


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Sevey Family

Posted at 11:10am
We send you, Judy and your family, our sympathy for your loss. We are your neighbors across the street. Don will be missed by many. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely, Carl and Marilyn Sevey

Kyle Olsen

Posted at 12:36am
Brother Hoferitza was a great example to me. He was my seminary teacher whom I loved and cared for. He thought me to love the scriptures. I loved that he cared for us seminary students so much. Every Friday he had donuts for us. He made all of us sleepy students smile. I always loved saying hello to Brother Hoferitza at church whenever I would see him. He always had a smile. There are no words to explain how amazing of a person Brother Hoferitza was. I will miss him.

Kyle Olsen Posted at 12:36am

With love Fernanda

Mary Jurgaitis

Posted at 11:38pm
Don (and his wife, Judy) were instrumental in helping to bring so much joy into our life in 1971. We were taken in by a wonderful group (including the Hoferitza’s) who taught us the gospel of Jesus Christ in such a manner that gave us a sure foundation. Don & Judy took care of our 1 month old son on the day Mark graduated from Parkside. We moved away to Whitewater, then to Madison, then to Illinois. Then the Chicago temple was built. We took our now 6 children to the open house. I was hoping against hope that we would see Don there. Lo and Behold...he was directing traffic as we drove onto the grounds. I jumped out of the car and shared a sweet hug with him. Even though we had the opportunity to go to the temple while still living in Illinois, we did not see him again...UNTIL...we moved from our home of 20+ years in central Wisconsin to the West Allis ward. Shortly after we moved, we had the opportunity to go to the temple. Again, hope against hope that Don could possibly be there...AND HE WAS. Again a sweet hug. That was the last time we saw him. But he will always be a part of all that the gospel of Jesus Christ means to us. Which of course means “till we meet again “. Love you, Don! Mark and Mary Jurgaitis.

Susan L Singer

Posted at 09:01pm
So sorry for the loss of a wonderful neighbor. Our love and prayers to the family.
Frank and Susan Singer

Pat (Heath) Freeman

Posted at 12:01am
So many fun, happy, wonderful memories of association with Don and Judy...especially those Sunday evening gatherings with our kids and all the others in the Kenosha Ward! My thoughts and prayers of comfort are with you, Judy and family!

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