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HOFFMANN-SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION SERVICE

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HOFFMANN-SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION SERVICE. Iowa’s oldest continually operating funeral home. The business was begun by Mathias M. HOFFMANN, Sr. at 15th and Couler (now Central Avenue). Hoffman operated the business until 1878, when he turned it over to his son Mathias M. Hoffman II. The younger Mathias continued the family business, followed by his son, Alois HOFFMANN.

In 1939 Alois relocated the business to 1640 Main Street which was then known as the Lacy Mansion.

Jim and Sharon Schneider purchased the funeral home in 1985. Jim Schneider had been an employee of the mortuary while attending LORAS COLLEGE. He had previously purchased his own funeral home in Manitowoc, Wisconsin called Park Side Funeral Home. When the Hoffmann Home came up for sale, he sold the other funeral home and purchased the one in Dubuque. In 2009 a second location, Hoffmann Schneider Kitchen Funeral Home, was in operation at 3860 Asbury Road.