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Hoffer, Clara M. (Adam) - Las Cruces  
Clara M. (Adam) Hoffer, 88, a 51-year resident of Las Cruces, died on May 18, 2016. Clara was born April 16, 1928 on the Gottfried and Eva (Dockter) Adam farm a few miles northeast of Roscoe, SD. She had six older brothers, Fred, Albert, Gustave, Gottfried, Walter and Reinhold and two younger sisters, Christina and Frieda, all who preceded her in death. Also preceding her death is Arthur, husband of 57 years, daughter, Jacqueline Smith, son-in-law Floyd Smith, many in-laws, cousins, nephews and nieces. She and Arthur married October 31, 1948. While in Roscoe, they had two children, Wayne and Peggy. They left Roscoe and moved to the Black Hills Army Depot (aka Igloo, SD) in 1950. While at the Depot, Clara did her part during the Korean War loading ammunition. She "retired" to have two more children, Cynthia and Jacqueline. She started and supervised the Igloo Teen Club and became "Mom" to over half the town's teens. When the Depot was closed in 1965, Clara and her family moved to Las Cruces where Art worked for the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range and she worked as a bookkeeper. She and Art completed their GEDs in the mid-60s and Clara began challenging her kids by taking college courses at NMSU. Clara and Art loved to bowl. She was an outstanding bowler winning many tournaments throughout the state. Clara and Art began their traveling in earnest after they both retired. They were members of the Good Sam Dona Ana Peppers Travel Club where Clara served as Historian; she also served two years as the NM Southwest District Assistant State Director for Good Sam. Clara was a life-long member or held positions in the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary (Post # 10124) and both Peace and Trinity Lutheran Church in Las Cruces. In 2010, Clara wrote a book of some of her memories growing up and raising a family. The book, "As Bob Would Say, 'Thanks for the Memories'", was published in 2011. She'd planned to write a second book but failing health precluded it. Clara is survived by her three remaining children; Wayne Hoffer and his wife, Debra, of Santa Rosa, CA; Peggy Hoffer of Las Cruces; and Cindy Lynch and her husband, Gary, of Ruidoso. She also is survived by her grandchildren; Tuesday Smith, Candice (Smith) and her husband Bryan Leinart, Lance Smith, Elizabeth-Rose Kordes, Rebecca (Hoffer) and her husband Christopher Whitman and Andrew Hoffer. Her great grandchildren include Tuesday's children, Adalia and Jalen; Candice's children, Payton, Landrie and Dax; and Rebecca's children, Harrison and August. Clara is also survived by three in-laws; Ida Adam (Roscoe, SD), Mervin and Lorraine Hoffer (Coon Rapids, MN), numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, June 3 at 10:00 am at Peace Lutheran Church, 1701 E. Missouri, Las Cruces. Immediately following the service, burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home is in charge of Clara's final arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Peace Lutheran Church or your favorite animal rescue or veterans' organization in Memory of Clara M. Hoffer.
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Published in Ruidoso News from May 26 to June 25, 2016
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