Helen ‘Lynn’ Hoffman Gordon Jankus, family matriarch

January 23, 2021

Helen "Lynn" Hoffman Gordon Jankus, 92, our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend peacefully made her way to heaven Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, surrounded by family.

Lynn was born April 4, 1928, in Syracuse, N.Y., to the late Edwin B. Hoffman and Laura A. Seiler Hoffman. She was a 1945 graduate of P.S. DuPont High School and 1946 graduate of Goldey-Beacom College. She was employed for many years as the legal secretary for W. Laird Stabler, including during his term as the Delaware State Attorney. Lynn also worked as an administrative assistant for many years at Wilmington General Hospital.

A resident of Wilmington, Lynn also maintained a home in Lewes, where she retired in 2010. Lynn was proud to be a member of the Col. David Hall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was the chapter chaplain 2011-13. She was a very patriotic and a lifelong member of the Delaware Republican Women's Club, for which she held many offices including president. Lynn ran on Delaware's Republican ticket for prothonotary in 1978 and treasurer in 1980s. She was a member of the Brandywine Business & Professional Women Club, where she held various offices, including treasurer, vice president and president, representing the state at the BPW National Conferences.

Lynn was a member of the Long Neck CHEER Center and a founding member of the Angola by the Bay Sea Gal's Women's Social Group, which was started in 1976 by Lynn, who became its first president. She was an environmentalist and a member of the Delaware Inland Bays Committee, which was instrumental in establishing Delaware’s wetlands, including Bombay Hook Refuge. Lynn was a member of the Kalmar Nickle Foundation, Delaware's Tall Ship, and spent many hours volunteering and helping to raise funds to build and support this worthy cause.

Lynn was a 1986 graduate of the University of the South, School of the Theology Extension for Ministry, which included a visit to the St. George’s Chapel at the Queens Castle in London, England, churches in France, The Louvre, a guided tour of the Holy Land and Rome, including a Papal visit and blessing. She was a member of St. George's Chapel for over 50 years, where during the mid-60's and throughout the ‘70s she was a member of the choir and taught Sunday School and Summer Bible School.

Lynn was a classical pianist and as a teenager in Syracuse competed in figure ice skating competitions. She enjoyed listening to classical music, going to church, going for rides on her boat, swimming at the beach and eating crabs. Lynn especially enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and friends. She was always ready for a trip to the ice cream shop and would pick up family members or friends to enjoy an ice cream with her. Lynn swam every day during the summer and as many times as she could during the winter. She was living proof that swimming was the fountain of youth, and she was the Delaware Senior Olympics Gold Medalist for the Women's (85-89) 200 yard breast stroke in 2014 and 2017.

Lynn was blessed with a large family and, as the matriarch, she planned many family dinners, trips, pool parties and gatherings. She never missed the many family birthday parties, graduations, ball games, performances, weddings, showers, christenings, etc. She would also visit and bless those not feeling well.

Lynn was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Jankus; her daughter, Deborah Gordon Moore; her sister, Sheryl Woods; and her brother, Edwin Hoffman. She is survived by her children: John Gordon (Marge), Patricia McMichael (Charles), Cheri Gordon-Patterson, Gerilyn Gaskill (Howard), Joseph Gordon (Cheryle), and Theresa Davis (James); 14 grandchildren and their spouses; 26 great-grandchildren; two nieces: Cathy Balaguer and Carol Hoffman; and two nephews: Eddie Hoffman and  Adon Hoffman and their families.

Lynn, as a spiritual person, had a deep abiding faith in God, and although she has left this world, we take great comfort in knowing she is in heaven with God, her daughter Deby, is surrounded by those who went before her and those who welcomed her with open arms.

Services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.

Please visit Lynn’s Life Memorial Webpage and sign her online guest book at



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