Katherine “Katie” (Fettig) Hoffart, the daughter of Fred and Regina (Salwey) Fettig, was born Aug. 20, 1929, in the rural Orrin farm home of her parents. She died at the age of 83 on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at the St. Aloisius Care Center in Harvey. Katie was raised on the family farm three miles north of Orrin and received her education in a rural school near her home.
On Oct. 11, 1949, she was united in marriage to Peter Hoffart at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Orrin. Following their marriage, the couple made their home on a farm south of St. Anselm’s Catholic Church in Fulda until 1961, when they moved to their present location a mile away. Here, they raised their family and farmed. Pete and Katie remained on the farm until July 2012, when Katie needed more care, and they moved to Harvey where she entered the Care Center.
A loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, Katie worked side-by-side with Pete in the farming operation and in 1995, she started working at the Towner Nursery and worked there until March 2012. Katie cared for her father for 20 years in her home until his death.
She was a member of St. Anselm’s Catholic Church in Fulda until its closing, was a current member of Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, and enjoyed a lifetime membership in the Confraternity of Christian Mothers. She took pleasure in gardening, baking kuchen and buns, making chokecherry jelly, milking cows, and no visit was ever complete without a pan of cherry dessert.
She was survived by: her husband of 63 years, Peter, of Rugby; one daughter, Kathleen (Mark) Wood, of Houston, Texas; three sons, Richard (Faye), of Rugby, Albert (Betty), of West Fargo, and Art (Addie), of Bozeman, Mont.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Cecilia (Conrad) Ziegler, of Harvey; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by two sisters in infancy; one brother, Johnny; and her parents.
Mass of Christian Burial: Will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, with spring burial in the church cemetery, Father Tom Graner will be the Celebrant.
Visitation: Will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Jan. 4, and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby. There will be no reviewal in the church.
Rosary and vigil prayers: Will begin at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home.
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: (www.funeralsbyanderson.com).