Mary D. Hofer

March 1, 2021


Mary D. Hofer, 93, died Monday, March 1, 2021 at her residence at Pembrook Colony near Ipswich.

Her funeral service will be at 2:00 PM Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Pembrook Colony.  Visitation will be in her home at the colony starting at 2:00 PM Wednesday.

Maria was born to Michael and Anna Decker at Barrickman Colony, Manitoba, Canada. Her family moved to Tschetter Colony in South Dakota in 1941.

She married David Hofer in 1946 at Tschetter where they lived until they moved to Pembrook Colony in 1974.  She was a head cook and Kleineschul Ankela and was very diligent at her colony work, a good example, and strong pillar in the community.

She had a generous heart and engaging personality.  You could stop in at  any time and find her singing or knitting slippers.  Gramma served the community faithfully and enjoyed the work bestowed upon her.  There are no words to describe what she means to us.

 Left to mourn her passing and cherish her memory are her children:

Anna - Pembrook

Emma - Bruderhof, NY

Matilda (James) - Aberdeen

Lena (Andy) - Tschetter

Pr. Solomon (Clara) - Pembrook

Mary (Tom) - Evergreen

Abigail (Joe) - Pembrook

Elias (Sara) - Pembrook

Arnie (Kathleen) - Pembrook

John (Eva) - Pembrook


Her brothers and sisters:

 Barbara (Danny) - Old Elm

Judith - Jamesville

Nathan (Sara) - Haven

Asnath (Sam) - Sundale

Justine (Ben) - Sundale

Henry (Dorothy) - Pembrook

Clara (David) - Keystone

Ruth (David) - Starland

Alma (Jonathon) - Tschetter

 She is also survived by her 53 grandchildren and 102 great-grandchildren.

 Maria was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five children and three grandchildren.

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Funeral Service
March 4, 2021

2:00 PM
Pembrook Colony

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