Father Raymond Hoefgen

January 19, 2012

Father Raymond Hoefgen, 75, born June 22, 1936 to the late Henry and Elva (Tanguay) Hoefgen in Menominee, Mich., passed away on January 17, 2012.

Ray was a gentle soul who loved the people he served in his long life of ministry. One of his greatest joys was the time he spent at his cabin which he called "The Sanctuary". He enjoyed visitors and loved to share this gifted place with many over the years. Golfing with friends was a delight, and spending time with friends at "Joe's" was something he always looked forward to. At "The Sanctuary" he spent hours on end simply resting in prayer, journaling and then working on his "water feature" which he was proud to show off to visitors. He enjoyed hunting in the fall with his cousin's and sharing many stories and meals, Ray loved to cook for others. He also spent time carving and was willing to give a listening ear and a helping hand. Faith, family and friends meant a great deal to him. His brother priests in "The Fraternity" were a deep source of inspiration, comfort and strength over the years. His retirement years were filled with joy; his smile and wisdom will be missed but his spirit will live on. Ray has traveled home in peace.

Father Ray is survived by brothers and sisters: BrotherWilliam, Leo (LaDonna), Margaret Patz, Albert (Donna), Bernie (Karla), Jim (Donna), Agnes (Jim) Christophersen, Elizabeth Blake and Francis; sisters-in-law: Letha and Jean, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews and cousins and his dear friend, Anita Bouchy. He was preceded in death by his parents; one Sister Anna Marie; two brothers: Henry and Donald; two brothers-in-law: Floyd Patz and Donald Blake; niece, Linda and two nephews: Danny and Nathan.

Family and Friends may call to Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Birch Creek, on Friday, January 20, 2012, beginning at 10 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for Father Ray at noon.

Burial will be in Birch Creek Cemetery in the spring.

The Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 Ray's family would like any offerings of sympathy to be given in memorials in lieu of flowers.


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