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Paul Hotfelder

In Loving Memory

Hotfelder, Paul F.

Hotfelder, Paul F., died on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on December 11, 1949, the devoted son of Paul and Rita (May) Hotfelder.

Paul grew up in Bel-Nor and was a 1968 graduate of Mercy High School. He earned a degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in Criminal Justice and a Master’s from Webster University.

Paul had a distinguished career working for the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole for 33 years, while also serving as an adjunct professor at numerous colleges across the St. Louis area.

Upon his retirement, Paul worked for seven years as an assistant professor of criminal justice at St. Louis University. In that position, he created well-received courses, counseled students, and brought a great deal of passion to his teaching.

More than anything, Paul was a family man who delighted in spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. On the tennis court, in front of a Cardinals game, or at the kitchen table, Paul was a great source of humor, wisdom, and love.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Beverly; his four children: Emily Brooker (Chris), Ted, Aaron (Violet), and Libby Sommer (Adam); six grandchildren; and many cherished friends.

SERVICES:  Visitation at KUTIS AFFTON CHAPEL, 10151 Gravois, on Sunday, June 4 from 4pm until 8pm.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated on St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church on Monday, June 5 at 10am.  Family and friends can gather at church at 9:45am for a Rosary service.  Interment St. Augustine Cemetery (Hecker, Il.) at 2pm.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kirkwood Public Library, St. Gerard Majella Parish or Cor Jesu Academy.


13 thoughts on “Hotfelder, Paul F.”

  1. Paul was a colleague of mine with Probation and Parole and we worked together as fellow unit supervisors. Additionally, I was a guest lecturer for him when he was a teacher at St. Louis University. Paul and I would talk about Cor Jesu, as my neices were attending at the time Paul and I worked at the same office. I enjoyed working with Paul and appreciated his contributions to Probation and Parole.

    My condolences to his friends and family during this time.

  2. I am so very sorry to hear this! I was do looking forward to the 4 of us going out to dinner soon! Please know that all my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! 🙏💕🙏

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with the Hotfelder family during this difficult time! May your precious memories of your loved one offer you peace and comfort.

    Yolunda Turner and family

  4. Bev, I was so sad to hear this news…..my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. I only met Paul a few times, but just from how you spoke about him, your trips together and family get togethers, I know he was a special man.
    Patti Kriegshauser and family

  5. I met Paul in my freshman year at Mercy High School. We almost immediately became best friends. After a few years, we went our separate ways, but we reconnected again in 2018. I got a chance to meet and get to know his adoring (and adorable) wife Beverly.

    Paul had many friends who, like me, will forever miss his smile, his intellect and his sense of humor. He made the world a better place. My sincere condolences to Beverly and family. Rest in peace, my good friend.

  6. My deepest condolences to you, Bev, and your family. Paul was such a kind man and always had a warm smile . My prayers for peace and comfort in the days to come as you recall memories and celebrate his life!
    Cindy Peirce

  7. We were shocked to hear of this ! So young ! We only travelled with Paul and Bev once, and immediately knew they were a beautiful loving couple who cherished their family and friends.
    Our heartfelt sympathy to Bev and her family. Our prayers and thoughts are with all. 🙏

    Carole and Joe

  8. Carl and I have only known Paul for a few years, but we valued his personality and friendship. We have been shocked by the sudden loss and reach out to Bev and their family with heartfelt sympathy. Pam Wallace and Carl Garber

  9. I had the pleasure of hiring Paul as an assistant professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice program at Saint Louis University. Paul was a beloved teacher who effectively integrated his criminal justice experience into his classes. He was also a passionate mentor to many students. His impact on the lives of his students is immeasurable. As an administrator, I have to add that Paul was also a voice of reason in faculty meetings. And I personally will miss our get-togethers over a beer both before and after our retirements. My sincerest condolences to Paul’s family.

  10. My sincere condolences to the entire family! I have the pleasure of working with his amazing daughter Emily. I have heard nothing but great things about Mr. Hotfelder. Sending loving, healing prayers from Arizona!

  11. Paul was my supervisor at P&P for several years at two different offices. I remember his story telling, singing twelve days of Christmas at our office parties, and his commitment to helping people change their lives. My sympathy to his family.

  12. Paul taught in the Criminology and Criminal Justice program at Saint Louis University in the School of Social Work while was in admissions. What a kind person and so dedicated to the students’ learning. I was looking forward to seeing him this Fall. He will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  13. Paul and I worked together in Probation/Parole. I always remember his singing and jovial manner! My condolences to his family


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