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Florence Hoffmann

October 6, 2013
The Journal

NEW ULM - Florence Hoffmann, 98, of New Ulm died Friday, October 4, 2013 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

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Florence Hoffmann

Visitation will be 4 8 PM Monday and 7:30 10:30 AM Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. The Christian Mother's Society will pray the rosary at 4 PM Monday at the Cathedral. The St. Joseph's St. Elizabeth's Catholic United will pray the rosary at 7 PM Monday at the funeral home.

Florence is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Sister Veronica Hoffmann SLW of St. Paul, Karen and Richard Sellner of Sleepy Eye; a son and daughter-in-law Roger and Sharon Hoffmann of New Ulm; a daughter-in-law, Gayle Hoffmann of Morgan; grandchildren, Steve Huiras, Suzanne Lang, Valerie Martin, Ryan Hoffmann, Randy, Craig and Jeff Sellner, Julie Wilson, and Dustin Hoffmann.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bernard Hoffmann on June 18, 2007; a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Joseph Huiras; a son, Ronald Hoffmann on December 12, 2007; sisters, Rose (Louis) Adam, Sister Mary Grace SCC, Marie (Frank) Rubischko, Arline (Vernon) Bieraugel; and by her brothers, Elmer (Louise) Penkert, Walter (Dorothy) Penkert.

Florence Ann Penkert was born March 5, 1915 in New Ulm to Otto and Frances (Warta) Penkert. She was a 1933 graduate of Holy Trinity High School. After high school Florence worked at the Holy Trinity rectory and at Kloeckl and Penkert Grocery. She was united in marriage to Bernard Hoffmann on April 23, 1946 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm. After marriage they farmed in Cottonwood Township, Brown County until moving to New Ulm in 1972.

Florence was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, St. Elizabeth's Catholic United, Christian Mother's Society and the Ministry of Praise. Since retirement she was very active in volunteer work at the rectory, helping with funeral lunches and doing craft work for the societies and her family. Florence enjoyed gardening and visits from her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New Ulm Area Catholic Schools, Way of the Cross, Oak Hills Living Center or to the donor's choice.



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