In Memory

Donna Sands (Hoffmayer)

Donna Sands (Hoffmayer)


Donna Lee Hoffmayer (Sands) of Huntingdon Valley, PA and formerly of Philadelphia, PA died suddenly at 74 years old on Thursday, January 25, 2024.

Donna was the beloved wife of Paul Hoffmayer for 42 years.

Born in Philadelphia, PA she was the daughter of the late Richard E., Jr. and Emily Craven Sands and resided in the Lawncrest neighborhood.

In addition to her beloved husband Paul, Donna is survived by her loving and devoted daughters Trisha Dauenbaugh of Harrisburg, PA and Karen Long and her husband Mike, of Harleysville, PA. She is also survived by her brother Richard E. Sands III (Patricia) and her adoring grandchildren Oliver, Gideon, Oskar, and one to be born in May. She is also survived by many brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

She graduated from Olney High School in 1967.

She worked at various jobs including John Wanamaker, Peerless Steel and Burpee Seeds. She enjoyed working with children at Churchville Preschool (North & Southampton Reformed Church) and Redemption Preschool before retiring.

Donna had a gift for listening and loving those around her. She was incredibly kind and caring with her words and her actions. She loved to give cards and gifts to show that she cared. She had a great sense of humor and found joy in the small and everyday things. Being grateful and appreciating what she had was an example of Donna's strong faith rooted in God's love. Spending time with Paul and going out together doing daily activities and going on vacations kept their bond strong. They loved to visit their girls and grandchildren for holidays and family get-togethers. For years, Donna and Paul vacationed at Wildwood, NJ beach and her favorite things were riding bikes in the morning, eating pizza on the boardwalk, and sitting on the balcony looking out at the beach and ocean.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 10:00 am until her Funeral Service at 11:30 am in Calvary Chapel, 13500 Philmont Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19116.

Her interment will follow at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia, PA at the address above.

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01/31/24 07:38 PM #1    

Janet Kuhn (Getz)

Sorry to hear of the passing of friend and classmate. I first met Donna at Thomas Creighton school and later attended Olney H.S. with her. She was a liked and always kind and pleasant to everyone. She will surely be missed. My thoughts and prayers to her family. May she Rest In Peace🙏

02/01/24 11:30 AM #2    

Adrienne Marshall (Binder)

So sorry to hear of the passing of Donna! She was surch a lovely person! May her memory be a blessing to her family and friends! Rest in Peace! 








02/02/24 07:49 AM #3    

Adele "Tootsie" Smith (Pata)

I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of Donna, what a shocking loss for such a lovely person-she was one of our "Olney Babes" and I always enjoyed talking with her at our get togethers, always so sweet and caring.  Rest in peace my friend and condolences to her family 

02/21/24 01:06 PM #4    

Michael Hofkin

I first met Donna in 3rd grade when our family moved to Lawncrest . We lived 2 blocks from each other . One of my earlier memories her family was one of the 1st in my little world to get a color TV . She invited me over to watch cartoons on a Saturday morning , so I went . Everything looked pink and green insted of black , white and shades of gray . Her dad came in and so us laughing at the pink and green cartoons and asked me ," why am I watching cartoons on a beautiful Saturday morning instead of out playing baseball ?" I got the hint and left soon afterwards . Donna remained a life long friend . We always connected at high school reuninions and saw each other at many car shows in and around Philly and in Wildwood . She will truly be missed by all who knew her . R.I.P. my friend . 

03/03/24 10:08 PM #5    

Linda Kaupp

Donna and I attended Franklin, Creighton and Olney together.  We met on the first day of First Grade.  Sometimes you are lucky enough to know when you first meet someone that they will always be your friend. Donna and I were in the Franklin orchestra....she played the violin and I played the viola.  We were in Schools on Parade at Convention Hall together dressed as glow worms.  We were in the Christmas play together as dancing dolls.  We always enjoyed playing all the games in the school yard with our friends.  What a great group of friends we had as we went through school.  She was always kind and thoughtful and honest and a good listener.  If you asked her for an opinion she would give you her honest opinion.  She really was that kind.

When we were little we never ran out of things to say to each other.  Fifty years later it was still the same.  Donna will be missed by so many people.  I will always treasure the friendship we had and all the wonderful memories we made.  Thanks to Franklin that we met.    




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