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Kathryn Hofer

Kathryn M. (Stahl) Hofer passed away peacefully on October 30, 2015 at the Oakview Terrace in Freeman. She has stepped through heaven's door to be with her husband Marvin Hofer, who passed away January 23, 2002. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am on Wednesday Nov. 4th at the Hutterthal Mennonite Church of rural Freeman. Visitation will begin at 5 pm with the family present from 6:30 -8 pm on Tuesday at the Walter Funeral Home in Freeman.

Kathryn was born March 12, 1924 at her home farm just west of Freeman to Mike and Katie (Gross) Stahl. She was the fourth child in a family of ten children. Upon the confession of her faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior, Kathryn was baptized October 12, 1941 by her uncle Rev. Peter J. Stahl in the Hutterdorf Mennonite Church. At the young age of fourteen years Kathryn began a life of service in care giving and hard work taking care of her bed-ridden sister Anna, who was diagnosed with MS.

On October 26, 1947 Kathryn was united in marriage to Marvin P. Hofer at Hutterthal Mennonite Church. They continued at Hutterthal as faithful, active members throughout their lives. Together, they worked hard and built a large successful dairy farm six miles north of Freeman. Mom enjoyed helping Dad milk cows and was very active on the farm raising chickens and ducks. She butchered hundreds of these poultry for sale each summer. She also had a large flock of laying hens. Additionally, Kathryn had a large garden. She canned a variety of produce including: pickles, pears, peaches, apricots, green beans, and corn. They shared the joys and sorrows of married life for 54 years. To this union, they were blessed with one son, Donald, and two daughters, Priscilla and Ann Marie.

Our mother dearly loved tending her garden and flowers and took great pride in her yard which was usually filled with a variety of beautiful plants year round. Many hours were spent landscaping and perfecting her flower beds. Mother's specialty was raising baby tears, African violets and angel wing plants indoors. Her home was usually filled with these plants to the end.

Mom was very skilled in the kitchen. She spent countless hours baking and cooking wonderful foods which she loved to share with her family and friends. She truly was a gifted cook and enjoyed every minute of it. We remember her fabulous homemade boxes of candy (which included her homemade marshmallow chocolate eggs), her wonderful pickles, the most beautiful formed fruit pockets and kolaches (which she took orders for on occasion because they were so good), the best molasses cookies in the world and of course on special occasions, her Kartoffel Knoedel. Mom had very talented hands. She was never afraid to try something creative in the kitchen. Mom was chairperson over fruit pockets at the MCC Sale for more than twenty years and helped demonstrate making fruit pockets at the Freeman Schmeckfest until she no longer could.

Mom relished the time she spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She looked forward to every visit. She loved teaching them her craft of baking and cooking and was always patient, kind and forgiving in her teaching. Tea parties, playing in the sand box, and having a cool drink with a straw was a daily routine at Grandma's house. Going to grandma's house was always something her grandchildren looked forward to. She was a gentle and loving soul, displaying love in all her actions.

In 2010, Kathryn moved to the Salem Mennonite Home where she received excellent care and enjoyed the people and all the activities. Due to deterioration of her health, Kathryn took up residence at Oak View Terrace on September 1st, 2015.

Those remaining to cherish her memory are son Donald (Marjorie) Hofer, Freeman, SD; Daughters Priscilla (Paul) Hofer, Freeman, SD and Ann Marie (Gene) Reiling, Rapid City, SD. Her grandchildren Nicolle (Larry) Timmerman, Bridgewater, SD; Chad (Rebecca) Hofer, Bridgewater, SD; Brandy (Sergio) Limo, Marion, SD; Michelle (Eric) Neuharth, Freeman, SD. Great grandchildren include Kaliyah, Lexy, Savanna, Rylea, Guss, Bridget, Alyssa, Brynlee, and AnaBella. Sister Mary Stahl, Freeman, SD; Brothers Paul Stahl, Bridgewater, SD; John (Deloris) Stahl, Freeman, SD; Jacob Stahl, Freeman, SD; Marvin (Judy) Stahl, Freeman, SD; sisters-in-law JoAnn Stahl, Bridgewater, SD; Diane Stahl, Bridgewater, SD; and Vivian Epp of Roseville, MN.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin P. Hofer, her parents, Mike and Katie Stahl, one sister, Anna Stahl, three brothers, Melvin, Mike, and William Stahl, two sisters-in-law, Hulda Stahl and Sarah Hofer, and one brother in-law Merle Epp.



Published in The Argus Leader on Nov. 1, 2015
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