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Patricia Ann Hoffman, Ph.D.

Patricia Ann Hoffman, Ph.D. (nee Patrick), formerly a staff psychologist at St. Cloud State University, passed away peacefully at her home in St. Cloud on December 12th at the age of 88. She was born January 1, 1925 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Bruce and Kathryn (nee Moyer) Patrick. Her father was a farmer in Paragon, Indiana where Pat spent her early years. Pat met her future husband, Paul Hoffman, when both attended West Lafayette High School in West Lafayette, Indiana. Pat graduated from Carleton College in 1944 and married Paul a few weeks later on January 27, 1945 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Pat was able to accompany Paul to Army bases in both North Carolina and Oklahoma while he attended Officers Candidate School during WWII. She served as the society editor for a local newspaper when Paul was stationed in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. When Lieutenant Hoffman was stationed in the Philipines, Pat returned to West Lafayette.

Following the war, Pat accompanied Paul to Purdue University, where he completed his undergraduate degree, and then to the University of Michigan, where he earned his law degree. Preferring to live and work in a small town, Pat and Paul chose St. Cloud and along with their two oldest children moved there in 1950. After her youngest child began elementary school, Pat earned her master's degree in counseling at St. Cloud State University and from 1960-1962 she worked as a social worker for Stearns County. In 1962 she became a counselor at Counseling and Psychological Services at Saint Cloud State University. Pat earned a doctorate in psychology from Union Institute and University in 1982, became licensed as a psychologist, and continued to work as a staff psychologist at SCSU until her retirement in 1990.

Dr. Hoffman had a life-long interest in finding and restoring antiques and upon retiring from the University became owner of Kay's Antiques in Saint Cloud. She served on the board of the Central Minnesota Boys and Girls Club from 2002-2010 and prior to that provided tutoring to children in an after-school program at the center Pat was also active in advocacy and helped found a women's shelter in St. Cloud. Her doctoral dissertation focused on domestic abuse and her research was highlighted in a national women's magazine article on family violence. Pat was interested in family genealogy and served as president of the local Daughters of the American Revolution club and was active in that organization for many years. In terms of other interests, Pat was a voracious reader, a Life Master in bridge, an animal lover, and enjoyed traveling throughout her life including multiple trips to Mexico and a trip to Cuba. Pat was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed following the Vikings, Twins, and the Wild as well as other professional and college sports.

Patricia Hoffman was predeceased by her loving husband of nearly 68 years, Judge Paul Hoffman, who passed away in December of 2012. She will be greatly missed by her surviving children Mary Ann Hoffman (Damon Silvers) of Bethesda, Maryland, Nancy Hoffman Shelmon (Clarence) of Rancho Santa Fe, California, John Hoffman, and Peter Hoffman (Mary Jo) of St. Cloud; and grandchildren Jennifer Silvers (Jason Buhle) of New York City, Lindsey Hoffman Sheveland (Adam) of Maple Grove, Matthew Hoffman of St. Cloud, Kyle Hoffman of Robbinsdale, Calvin Hoffman of Minneapolis, Nathan Hoffman (Lydia) of St. Cloud, and Evan Hoffman of Minneapolis; and, her first great-grandchild, Louis Sheveland of Maple Grove. Her loyal dog, Buddy, and her cat, Boots, will also miss Pat. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Duke Patrick, her sister Helen Patrick Taube, her daughter Jane Hoffman, her daughter-in-law Paula Schellinger Hoffman, and her granddaughter Lauren Hoffman.

The Hoffman family wishes to acknowledge the loving and skilled caregivers who helped care for Pat over the past few years and especially at the end of her life. Our heartfelt thanks go to Wendi Warzecka, Darlene Dillenburg, Amanda Stock, Melodie Kellen, Patricia Bratahiel, Melissa Reinert, and Diane Morris. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials are preferred to one of the following organizations: The Boys and Girls Club of Central Minnesota (345 30th Ave N, St. Cloud, MN 56303 (or or to the Tri-County Humane Society (735 8th Street NE St. Cloud, MN 56304.

Published in the Journal & Courier from Dec. 16 to Dec. 17, 2013
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