Helen M. Hoffman

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Memorial services for Helen M. Hoffman, 86, of Spencer and formerly of Storm Lake, were held Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Storm Lake.

In accordance with Helen's wishes, cremation has taken place.

Helen Mildred Hoffman passed away at St. Luke's Home, Spencer, on Sept. 18, 2008.

Helen was born on Nov. 21, 1921, in Storm Lake, the daughter of Fred and Matilda (Meyer) Harjes. She was baptized, Dec. 11, 1921, and later confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. She attended grade school at Washington Township Country school and graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1939.

On Feb. 9 1941, Helen was united in marriage to Kenneth Leroy Hoffman at St. Johns Lutheran Church. The couple was blessed with four children: Marcia, Cheryl, Steven and Bruce.

In 1951, the Hoffman family became charter members of Grace Lutheran Church in Storm Lake where Helen became the first president of Grace's Ladies Aid and taught Vacation Bible School, Sunday School and Confirmation. She was also an active community member, having worked with the Grant Township Community Chest Drive and Little League Baseball.

Helen was proud to be a farmer's wife and work side by side with Kenneth in the day to day operations of their Centennial Farm.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and three sisters.

Helen is survived by her husband, Kenneth; children: Marcia Siefkes and husband, Larry of Apple Valley, Calif., Cheryl Meeter and husband, George of Rockford, Mich., Steven Hoffman and wife, Mary and Bruce Hoffman and wife, Barb -- all of Storm Lake; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one brother, Don Harjes and wife, Bev of Victoria, Texas; one sister, Donna Mae Francis and husband, George of Bloomfield; and sister-in-law, Lillian Harjes of Spencer.

Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com

The family requests that In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Hospice or The American Cancer Society.

The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.