August 22, 1923 - March 24, 2021
Alberta “Bert” Hinderhofer, 97, Millville, died March 24th, 2021 after a brief illness. She passed peacefully at her home at the Maurice House, Millville, surrounded by family and the solemn embrace of the dedicated and caring staff members and Bayada hospice. Alberta was born on August 22nd, 1923 at Millville Hospital, the 8th of 12 children of Harry and Annabelle Myers. The farmhouse where she was raised still thrives on Fairton Rd. amid the new houses on what was once the farmland. Bert loved to tell stories of life on the farm as a youngster, gathering eggs, stacking potatoes in the cellar, running from the hogs, saving the bacon grease in a coffee can, baking walnut cakes with her mom, huddled around the radio, 3 kids to a bed. She was 10 years old during the great depression, but she remembered it as some of the best times of her life. Alberta attended Millville public schools. She married Sebastian Arrigo in 1942 and moved to Florida where he was stationed with the US Army 341st. She returned to Millville and the farmhouse when he was deployed to Europe and Africa theatre during WW ll. By the end of that year, Christmas day to be exact, she would give birth to the first of five children over the next 14 years. In 1968 she enjoyed a second marriage to Paul Hinderhofer. Bert and Paul bought a home in the Millville West Side and raised the youngest 3 of Bert’s 5 children. There was nothing she enjoyed more than long evening summer walks around the neighborhood with our next-door neighbor and her dear friend Bert Springer. They were affectionately referred to by the locals as “the Bert’s” or “Bert and Bert”. Bert was a long time employee of Wheaton Glass and retired as a supervisor at Wheaton Ware at the site which is now Wheaton Village. She was a lousy driver but a great cook. Her chicken pot pie and potato salad are legendary and a staple in the family legacy menu. She loved to travel, driving to North Philly to visit her sister, to Florida to spend time with her in-laws, cruise ships and Las Vegas at least twice a year. Nothing gave her more joy than pool parties on Porreca Drive with family or renting a beach house for a week or two in Sea Isle City. In recent years her eyesight began to fail and she had to surrender some of her independence and subsequently moved into an assisted living facility, Maurice House. Her activities became simpler but no less satisfying or enjoyable. Bus rides to Shop Rite, dollar store or the boardwalk on the Sherri wagon, breakfast at Verna’s, bingo with the gals, riding the stationary bike, lunch with Mary or sitting in the courtyard with her companion dog MAVIS. She loved to watch the local news, game shows and follow the Philadelphia sports teams. Faith was very dear to Alberta even though she was very discreet and certainly did not evangelize. In 2018 Alberta was baptized catholic, and it was a proud and humbling experience for her. She is a shining example of “it’s never too late” to make new and dear friends. Those bonds with her resident friends and the staff, though not long rooted in her history, were deep and strong. She was in the best place she could possibly be. She is survived by her children: Wayne Arrigo, Millville, NJ, Denise Arrigo, Millville, NJ, Sebastian Arrigo Jr. (Becky) Elmer, NJ; grandchildren: Tiffany Maychak, Millville, NJ, Holly Johnson, Laurel Lake, NJ, Julie Roberts (Michael), Beaufort, SC, Nikolai Vassiljev, Philadelphia, PA, Lhandru Vassiljev of NJ, Jared Smith, Cape May Court House, NJ, Amanda Picker (Stefano), Millville, NJ, Kathryn Caldwell (John), Pilesgrove, NJ, Johannah Zarinko (Kelly), Hopewell, NJ, Allison (Gary) Roskoski, Newfield, NJ; 20 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Paul Hinderhofer; daughter Judith Johnson; son Thomas Arrigo; granddaughter Jessica Arrigo; great grandson Randall Scott Roberts; brothers John, Marvin and Claude; sisters Minnie, Mary, Pearl, Beatrice, Vera, Dorothy, Evelyn and Lilly May. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 in the Christy Funeral Home, 11 W. Broad Street, Millville. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the funeral home. With consideration to others, everyone must wear a mask at all times and practice social distancing. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Millville. Memories and expressions of sympathy for Alberta Hinderhofer may be shared on the Obituary Tribute Wall at www.christyfuneralservice.com.
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