We honor the life of Dorothy Hoffner, a brilliant person whose time on Earth has come to an end, in loving memory. There is a great sense of grief following Dorothy’s passing because she was a beloved person in many people’s lives. Her tale was one of love, tenacity, and the ties of friendship and family.
We recall the compassion of her heart, the warmth of her smile, and the profundity of her words as we consider her legacy. With this memorial, we celebrate Dorothy Hoffner’s life and the contribution she made to those who had the good fortune to know her.
Dorothy Hoffner Obituary
104-year-old Dorothy Hoffner of Chicago, who attempted to break the record for the oldest skydiver, has gone away. On October 10, 2023, at the Brookdale Lake View Senior Living Community, she passed away peacefully. Joe Conant, a close friend of Dorothy’s, described her as vivacious and intelligent.
Dorothy Hoffner, 104, dies one week after setting skydiving record: ‘She was just indefatigable’ https://t.co/D5niAsPzg7
— Pioneer Press (@PioneerPress) October 10, 2023
She attempted a tandem skydive on October 1, 2023, falling 13,500 feet in an effort to beat the previous record for the oldest skydiver. She didn’t only do it to set records; she did it because she liked skydiving. She died calmly while sleeping, thus it appears that she died naturally.
Joe Conant is attempting to have her posthumously recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest skydiver in the world. In early November, there will be a memorial service for Dorothy Hoffner, who is recognized as a role model.
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Dorothy Hoffner’s legacy
When Hoffner went skydiving for the first time at the age of 100, she made it plain that she wasn’t doing it to garner attention or break records, but rather just because she thought it sounded like fun.
She loved it so much that she did it once more four years later, setting a record for the oldest tandem skydiver ever. On October 1, 2023, Hoffner broke the record and her daring leap captured the attention of the entire world.
Hoffner was a resident of Brookdale Senior Living in Chicago at the time of her two jumps when she made friends with a caretaker who assisted her jumps. She was employed by Illinois Bell Telephone Co. before she retired.
Tributes to Dorothy Hoffner
Vicky Baftiri shared a post on Twitter:
At 104 years old, Dorothy Hoffner became the oldest person to skydive. Today, we received the very sad news she has died. Her birthday would’ve been in December. She reminded us that age is just a number. You’re never too old to do something you love. Fly high, Dorothy. pic.twitter.com/mLGZOpxwFQ
— Vicky Baftiri (@VickyBaftiri) October 10, 2023
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