Mary Hoffer

Mary Hoffer, 87, Minot, and formerly of McClusky, passed away peacefully into her Savior’s arms with her family by her side on Jan. 20, 2014.

Mary was born June 27, 1926, in McClusky, to Jacob and Katherine (Bentz) Grosz. She was reared and educated in McClusky.

Mary married Martin Hoffer on July 9, 1945, in McClusky. They made their home on the family farm one mile east of McClusky. Mary assisted with the farming duties in addition to caring for her young family. They moved their family to Minot in 1961. Mary was a sales clerk in the housewares department at Home of Economy for 22 years, retiring in 1988. Martin passed away on Feb. 10, 2002.

Mary was a member of the West Minot Church of God, Minot Moose Lodge and Minot Senior Citizens. Mary loved to dance, enjoyed flowers, visiting on the phone, and baking. Mary was well known for her kuchen and meringue pies. Her number one passion was her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary’s family would like to thank Dr. Charles Swenson and Trinity’s home health/hospice for their excellent care and concern.

Mary’s loving family includes: her children, Lonnie Hoffer (special friend Liana Duttenhefer), Bismarck, Bernadyne (Ed) Zablotney, Makoti, Barry (Susan) Hoffer, Minot, and Karla (Doug) Ritzke, Minot; special friend and companion, Ray Bushnell, Minot; grandchildren, Jodi Hoffer (fiance John Boehm), Traci, Chris (Dottie) Zablotney, Nicole (Jamie) Johansen, Rachie and HayLee Ritzke and Mason and Hayden Hoffer; great-grandchildren, Ashley (John) Pitsiladis, Christopher Hoffer, Cole, Ethan and Kaylee Zablotney, Alyssa, Morgan and Emily Johansen; great-great-grandson, Kayson Pitsiladis; brothers, Herbert (Helen) Grosz, McClusky, and Alfred (Sharon) Grosz, Minot; sister, Ardella (Don) McCloud, Bismarck; brother-in-law, Melvin Jesz, Coshocton, Ohio; special caregivers, Carol and Alan Becker, Minot; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Martin; daughter-in-law, Jen Hoffer; and sister, Violet Jesz.

Celebration of the Life of Mary Hoffer: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at 11 a.m., at West Minot Church of God.

Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot

Visitation: Friday, Jan. 24, from 2 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

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