Dorothy Ellen Sholder1,2,3

F, (5 May 1925 - 28 April 2013)
8th great-granddaughter of Martin Scholderer
Martin Scholderer descendants (Remmingsheim, Germany)
     Dorothy Ellen Sholder was born on 5 May 1925 at Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.3 She was the daughter of Nelson Richard Sholder and Meredith Kunes.2,3,1 Dorothy Ellen Sholder was baptized at Central Baptist Church, Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. She married, at age 23, Frank Nicholas Hofer Jr., age 24, son of Frank Nicholas Hofer and Dorothy Edwards, on Sunday, 26 December 1948 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, by the Reverend Francis P. Davis.2,3 Dorothy Ellen Sholder died on 28 April 2013 at age 87 years, 11 months and 23 days.3 She was buried on 2 May 2013 in the Florida National Cemetery, located in Bushnell, Sumter County, Florida.4
     She was a registered nurse in 1950.

     Dorothy Ellen was listed in Meredith Kunes's obituary on 25 October 1992 in the Harrisburg Patriot, printed in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, as her daughter.1 Her obituary was published sometime in April 2013 in the local paper, printed in Dunedin, Pinellas County, Florida. Her obituary stated:

     Dorothy E. Hofer, 87, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2013. Born on May 5, 1925 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to Nelson and Meredith Sholder; she is survived by her husband Frank of Clearwater, FL, daughters Barbara (Michael) Babb of Mesa, AZ, and Patty Hofer of Safety Harbor, FL, granddaughters Andrea Sargent and Stephanie Babb both of Mesa, AZ and great granddaughter Abigail "Abbey" Sargent of Mesa, AZ.

     Dotti enjoyed life to the fullest. It started with her love of singing with her daddy as a young child to performing with family members on the radio from around age 8 to chorus in high school then on to performing with Sweet Adelines in adulthood. Dotti was a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She was a dedicated Registered Nurse for many years.

     She also loved dancing which she did whenever she could find a decent dance partner in high school to participating in square, round and line dancing with Frank. Her mother wouldn't allow tap dance lessons as a child – she somehow thought it would lead her into some type of bad behaviors – so Dotti took it up in her 50's and performed with an adult dance troop.

     She also loved to garden, she grew beautiful roses and learned to make artful flower arrangements. There were many homegrown vegetables to add to her very good home cooking. Frank and Dotti loved to travel, especially going on cruises. They were world travelers. Dotti's favorite place was Hawaii.

     The family would like to express their gratitude to Suncoast Hospice Pearl Team for their kind and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Suncoast Hospice Foundation at or St. Judes Children's Hospital at

Thursday, May 02, 2013
Florida National Cemetery
Bushnell, Florida
Last Edited=28 Mar 2018

Children of Dorothy Ellen Sholder and Frank Nicholas Hofer Jr.


  1. [S1247] Meredith Sholder Harbold obituary, Harrisburg Patriot, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 25 October 1992, p. B2.
  2. [S2271] "Vivian S. Kern obituary," Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 18 May 2012, online archives (… : accessed 13 January 2013). Kevin Leonard Sholder, Dayton, Ohio, USA.
  3. [S2397] "Dorothy E. Hofer obituary," Moss Feaster Funeral Home (Dunedin, Florida), 29 April 2013; Dignity Memorial Network subscription database (…). Accessed 1 May 2013.
  4. [S2401] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A, transcription, (<>: accessed 7 April 2014), transcript, "tombstone for Dorothy E. "Dotti" Sholder Hofer (1925-2013), Find A Grave Memorial No. 110194871, records of the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Sumter County, Florida." Transcript by Chartreuse, record added 8 May 2013.