OBITUARY: Patti Hoffmann Means
Patti Hoffmann Means passed away in her Maltby-area home on October 8, 2016. She was raised in the Seahurst neighborhood of Burien, graduated in 1980 from Kennedy High School, and is the sister of Burien resident, Maureen Hoffmann. She was diagnosed 18 months ago with Stage IV Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer), and worked tirelessly to understand and fend off this terminal disease as long as she could.
Born Patricia Eileen Hoffmann in Burien, WA on April 27, 1962, Patti worked at several places during her adult life, most notably at Archbishop Murphy High School, where she served as Athletics Assistant then as Director of Communications. She volunteered at St. Mary Magdalen School in Everett and at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bothell. During those years, she was a demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! In recent years she started her own business designing websites and marketing materials for non-profits, including several Catholic schools, community theater, and the Boys and Girls Club of Snohomish County.
Her passions, beyond family and friends, included travel, reading, baking and playing piano. For more than 10 years, she served as pianist for the 9:00 Choir at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. She even tried her hand at community theater in a production of Oliver! with her husband.
Patti was renowned for her baking. Many in our community have benefitted from a gift from “Patticakes” and will remember her cakes, cupcakes and cookies forever. Shortly before her cancer was diagnosed, she had entered the Culinary Arts Program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology to become a Certified Pastry Chef.
Patti leaves behind the love of her life, Bruce, daughter Katie Johnson, stepsons Andrew (Kendal) and Nathan (Katie) Means, grand children Emmett, Christian, Inara, and Atticus, siblings Joe (Dianne), Maureen, Fritz (Kathya), Tom and Franz (Christina) Hoffmann, her father William “Bill” (Arlene) Hoffmann as well as many nieces, nephews and innumerable friends – all of whom she loved dearly. We imagine her now in heaven playing piano duets with her mother Judy.
Patti was a giving, loving person who befriended everyone. She was thoughtful and devoted, and left a mark in the hearts of all she knew.
A Celebration of her life, “The Patticakes Memorial Pie Fest” will be held Sunday, October 23rd 2:00 pm, at Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett. A Mass will be held Friday, October 21st 1:00 pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Bothell.
For those so moved, Patti asked that donations go to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation at www.cholangiocarcinoma.org to help fight this dreaded disease.
“Because I knew you, I have been changed for good.”
– Stephen Schwartz