Mary Ann Hoffmann, MD

Mary Ann Hoffmann, MD

Dr. Mary Ann Hoffmann lost a valiant but inevitable struggle against gallbladder carcinoma on August 5, 2017. She passed peacefully at her home in the company of family and friends.

Dr. Mary Ann was a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon in solo private practice in Lawrence from 1983 until 2006 when health issues forced her retirement. Her guiding principle in the practice of medicine was to always do what is best for the patient. Whether this was a service she could provide or entailed referral to a practitioner with greater expertise did not matter. Patient comes first.

Mary Ann was born April 8, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri. The first child of William L. Hauptmann, M.D. and Dorothy R. (Gendreau) Hauptmann. Mary Ann spent her early years in California while her father fulfilled his military obligation as Air Force Physician, returning to Ferguson, Missouri at Age 6, she attended parochial grade schools and graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1972. Mary Ann was accepted into the U.M.K.C. six-year medical school in 1972. She graduated from U.M.K.C. in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Doctor of Medicine Degree. Mary Ann completed a five-year residency in orthopedic surgery at U.M.K.C. in 1983.

Dr. Mary Ann met her future husband, Philip Hoffmann while she was a rotating intern at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, in October 1978. Mary Ann and Philip were married on January 10, 1981 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Independence, Missouri. The couple moved to Lawrence in August 1983 where Philip joined Reed Medical Group as Lawrence’s first Gastroenterologist and Mary Ann established her private practice. At that time, Mary Ann was one of the only two female orthopedic surgeons in private practice in the State of Kansas. Things have fortunately changed for the better in this regard. The couple were blessed with two wonderful children, Laura C. and John A. (Jack).

Outside of her practice of medicine, Mary Ann was an avid reader of English literature, gardener, knitter, needle pointer, gourmet cook, 4-H mom, and a reluctant driver of a minivan for school outings. She introduced her husband to trout fishing. She had mixed feelings about this fact at a later point in time. Mary Ann travelled widely, traveling to the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, China, France, Netherlands, Great Britain, and Ireland. Her great desire was to do amateur archeology in her retirement. But unfortunately, medical issued precluded this.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her father, William (1971) and mother, Dorothy (2015). She is survived by her husband, Philip, of the home, Laura, and grandchildren, Deion and Savannah Patton, Lawrence; and son, John (Jack) Hoffmann, Rolla, Missouri. Mary Ann is also survived by her sister, Dr. Christine Hauptmann, MD and her children, Anya Elizabeth, and Aili Alysse; sister, Dr. Ellen (Hauptmann) Flotree, MD and husband, David; brother, Dr. Edward Hauptmann, MD, and wife, Dr. Kathy (Perahoritis) Hauptmann, MD and children, Teddy, Evie, Katia, and Chistoff; and niece, Sarah Lemp. Mary Ann has four additional surviving sisters with spouses and children. She is survived on her husband’s side by Michael and Penny Hoffmann; and Teresa (Hoffmann) and Michael McGuire; and nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank all the friends, co-workers, physicians and nurses for their kindness and consideration. Dr. Matthew Stein, MD and his nurse Justice for helping us fight the fight. A special thanks to Jeanne Bronoski for her years of friendship and journeyman service.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Mary Ann’s name to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment or the Lawrence Humane Society.

A visitation will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. Friday, August 11, 2017 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, Kansas. Funeral procession will depart from the mortuary at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017 and proceed to Oak Hill Cemetery, 1605 Oak Hill Avenue, Lawrence for an 11 a.m. interment service.

Always try to do the right thing.

22 Condolences

  1. Cindy Carttar on August 7, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Our thoughts, prayers & love to you all
    Cindy & Stephen Carttar

  2. Sheryl Simmons on August 8, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Dear Phil,
    I am so sorry to hear about Mary Ann. She was a gifted doctor with many talents and I learned so much from her! Please know that I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Sheryl Simmons

  3. Lida and Mike Osbern on August 8, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Dear Phil, Laura, and Jack,

    We are so sorry about Mary Ann’s struggle and passing, and your loss. Take care of yourselves.

    Love, Lida and Mike

  4. Larry & Debbi Ham on August 9, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Dr. Phil, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Karin Feltman on August 9, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Dr. Phil, I am sorry to hear about Mary Ann. I am on the other side of the planet, in Nepal, so will be unable to attend any services…but my thoughts and prayers will be there with you and your family. May you find peace, and eventually joy.

    Karin Feltman (RN)

  6. Martin Moore on August 9, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Phil…Our family is thinking of you, and all your family…Hang in there buddy

  7. Karl and DeAnne Rosen on August 9, 2017 at 11:49 am

    We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts go out to you.

    Karl and DeAnne Rosen

  8. Mary Ann Willems on August 9, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Mary Ann. I will always miss our lunches together and remembering the first time I saw you. Your beautiful blond hair flowing down your back, with such kindness in your heart. I think you took care of everyone at one time or another in my entire family. I will never forget you and your “toughness” as being a woman Orthopedic Surgeon. You said your job was hard; as women weren’t considered strong enough, or big enough to do your job–well, you showed everyone different, didn’t you? I will never forget you and how proud you were of your children, grandchildren & Phil. The excitement you had when you got pregnant. God has you in his arms now, and is saying you did a good job helping others Mary Ann. Good bless you and all of your family! You ran a long race and fought the hard fight! You will never be forgotten. Mary Ann Willems

  9. Paula Kissinger on August 9, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    I was a patient many years ago and she gave me advice and information I treasure to this day. She was a beautiful person, a highly qualified physician and a superior role model. We will hold her light and joy within us forever.

  10. Paul Morte on August 9, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Mary Ann. She was the epitome of the physician who was kind, caring and always placing the interests of the patient first. Mary Ann was most cordial and comforting to me when I first came to town, and I am sad to hear of her passing.

  11. Sherrill A. C. Robinson on August 9, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I am deeply saddened by the death of Dr. Hoffmann. She was my physician from the time she arrived in Lawrence until her retirement. I greatly appreciated her direct manner, her dedication to her patients (my care), and our many conversations whenever I was there. I often thought we had a unique doctor/patient relationship. She truly was the best orthopedist….

    My condolences to the family. Dr. Hoffmann was one of a kind.

  12. Beth and Val Stella on August 9, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Phil, Laura and Jack, we are sorry to learn of Mary Ann’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Darrell Steiner on August 9, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Phil, Laura and Jack,

    Thinking of the three of you during this time of loss. Mary Ann will be missed by many.

  14. John Delfelder on August 10, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Phil, Laura, and Jack
    I am so sorry to hear of Mary Ann’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sending you my deepest sympathy. John.

  15. Brent and Mary Durr on August 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Phil, Laura and Jack,

    Although you know it’s coming, it doesn’t make it any easier when it happens. So please know that we wish you nothing but the deepest condolences and our sympathy during this dark time. Prayers and good thoughts your way.

  16. Susan Allen on August 11, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Dr Hoffmann and Family, my thoughts are with you today. So sorry for your loss.

  17. Laurita Hardesty on August 11, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Dr Hoffmann my prayers are with you and your family.

  18. Laurita Hardesty on August 11, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Dr Hoffmann, my prayers are with you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  19. Irene Thomas on August 11, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Prayers for Dr. Hoffmann family. So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful Dr.

  20. Michelle and Brad Growcock on September 14, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Phil, we’re saddened to learn of Mary Ann’s passing and so sorry for you and your family’s loss. You’re in our thoughts.

  21. John Bevan on January 9, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Phil, Laura, and Jack,

    I just learned about Mary Ann’s passing this afternoon and wish to convey my condolences for your loss. Mary Ann was a wonderful woman with the best sense of humor. She will definitely be missed.

    Though we met years ago when you needed my services, we have gotten to know each other well and I consider you good friends. If there is anything you need, feel free to let me know. I am glad to do anything I can for you.

    Best Wishes,


  22. Marian Weeks on August 19, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Dr. Mary Ann Hoffman was my doctor for a while until she retired. I felt she was so very honest, forthright, kind, clear and direct, like Dr. Phil Hoffman also. I just learned of her death and am extremely sorry for your loss, Dr. Hoffman. I have a great deal of respect for you both and both of you built my trust, which is such a valuable gift. I loved both your priorities. I am full of grief for your loss and for the loss of such a good woman to the world and to her family. God Bless.

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