Obituary: Marian Laura Hackley


Passed away on March 13, 2013 at Tahoe Forest Hospital ECC with her sons near. Marian aged 98 was much loved.

She is survived by sons Lance Hackley of South Lake Tahoe and Scott Hackley of Truckee, Scott’s wife Katrina Veit and their daughter Emily Hackley; niece Julie Merkt and family of Pinole; and stepsons Peter Hofman of New Hampshire and Michael Hofman of San Francisco.

She was born February 6, 1915 in Berkeley, California to Harry and Laura Gaston Kloch. Marian was a graduate of Alameda High School. She married Howard C. Hackley in 1934 and they began an adventurous life together.

They lived in Cheyenne WY while Howard worked for Boeing, then San Diego, before moving to Honolulu in the late 1930s. There they enjoyed an active life near Waikiki while Howard worked at Hickam Field. In mid-1941 they left the islands and settled in Palo Alto. Marian designed their first small home.

They enjoyed many flying adventures together in Howard’s single engine plane. In 1950, they moved into what would be their home of 43 years and started a family. Marian was a dedicated loving mom.

After Howard died in 1993, Marian moved to The Forum retirement community in Cupertino. She remarried in 1999 to Norbert Hofman and they enjoyed life together until Norb’s passing in 2001.

In 2004, Marian relocated to Truckee. She had lived at Tahoe Forest ECC since 2007. Marian had many interests throughout her life including gardening, tennis, reading, poetry, science, the outdoors and a great curiosity about life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the ECC Memorial Fund at Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee.

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