Linda Lee Hoftyzer passed away on Dec. 16, 2015 at the age of 76, after a brief encounter with aggressive uterine cancer.
Linda will be remembered for her hearty laugh, strong sense of humor and candid viewpoints.
Linda was born Jan. 30, 1939, the oldest of three siblings born to Daniel and Bess Miles. She spent her early years in Seattle, Washington, later moving around the country as her father held various positions with Hearst Newspapers.
After attending the University of Pittsburgh, she met and married Jim Hoftyzer in Palm Springs in 1961. The Hoftyzers later settled in Brentwood, where they raised their three children, Cartie (1963), Ernie (1969) and Cal (1970). They retired and moved to Santa Rosa, California in May 1996.
Described by one of her “Boy Scout Sons” as “Mother of Three, and Mom to Many,” Linda lived this mantra as a highly involved community member. The family station wagon was always filled with kids as she served as treasurer and overnight camp organizer for Boy Scout Troop 26, and later as an active parent with the Palisades Y/Palisades High School swim programs.
Later, she took up swimming herself, enjoying friendships amongst the Pali-Y Masters swimming program. She also shared her creative gifts and talents with Las Fortunas, an auxiliary of the Santa Monica Assistance League, raising money for Santa Monica Day Nursery.
After the passing of her husband, Jim, in 2009, Linda returned to the Northwest, relocating to Lacey, Washington to be closer to her family and beloved grandchildren. She spent her final years traveling the world and continuing her creative pursuits, knitting quilts for family members and friends.
She is survived by her daughter Cartie (Hoftyzer) Beckett (Chris) of Portland, Oregon, son Ernie Hoftyzer (Stephanie) of Davis, California, brother Dave Miles (Julie) Puyallup, Washington, and sister Fran Moyer (Bob) Seabeck, Washington.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband and her son, Cal.
To celebrate Linda’s life, her children are hosting “A Toast to Linda Hoftyzer” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 at Il Moro Restaurant and Gastrobar, located at 11400 W. Olympic Blvd. All friends of Linda and her children are welcome to join and celebrate Linda’s life.