Lorene Hofstrand

  • "My deepest sympathy to the Hofstrand family. May God's Word..."

Lorene Elizabeth Hofstrand, 92, died peacefully in Bellingham on November 19, 2018. She was a generous, loving mom and an energetic, engaged community member her entire life. The oldest daughter of Walter and Mary Alice Wagner, Lorene grew up during what she called the "happy Depression" years, graduating from Snohomish High School in 1944, and marrying her high-school sweetheart, John Hofstrand. She worked as a "Rosie the Riveter" for Boeing during WWII. When John's job took the family to San Jose, CA, Lorene pursued her own education, graduating with distinction from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Elem. Ed. and a Master's in Library Science. She taught for almost 20 years; her supervisor called her "the most professional teacher I have ever met" and praised her sensitivity to children's needs. As a life-long learner herself, she studied Spanish, traveled widely, took art workshops in Mexico and became an avid collector of folk art She was active with the "Dirty Dozen" gardening club and the Weavers Guild on Whidbey Island, and upon moving to Bellingham she joined the Unitarian Fellowship, met with friends for monthly book discussions, helped organize Academy of Lifelong Learning classes, and volunteered at the public library. Lorene was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, John, and sister, Gloria Wagner Prevost. She is survived by three children - John Hofstrand, Jr. of Ferndale, and Mary Cornish and Julie Larios, both of Bellingham - as well as five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her love of reading, her intellectual curiosity, her political engagement and her respect for hard work were clear to everyone who knew her, and she brightened the lives of her family. She was much loved and will be missed.
Published in Bellingham Herald on Jan. 13, 2019