January 3, 1927 - July 29, 2019
Winnie (Winifred) A Hofer, 92, of Hot Springs, passed away July 29, 2019, in Fort Collins Colo.
Winnie was born January 3, 1927, in Beadle County, to Mike B and Anna (Gross) Hofer. Her mother passed away when Winnie was eight years old.
She attended eight years of country school and graduated from Willow Lake High School in 1945. She taught Sunday school for many years at the Congregational Church in Willow Lake.
She married Ruben S. Hofer in 1946. They farmed in Beadle and Clark counties until they bought their own farm in 1961, near Carpenter.
Winnie graduated from nursing school in Watertown, in 1972. Her nursing career spanned over 30 years. She worked in Clark and Bryant nursing homes until moving to Sioux Falls, where she worked at the Veterans Medical Center from 1973-1980.
In 1980, she transferred to the Veterans Medical Center in Hot Springs. She and Ruben relocated to Hot Springs and built their own home on an acreage in the Black Hills. Winnie retired from the VA in 1997.
Ruben and Winnie moved into the city of Hot Springs in 2006 due to Ruben’s declining health. He passed away in 2008.
Winnie’s legacy will be her love of her family. She was a devoted farmer’s wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed raising her four children, reading, embroidering, camping, gardening and attending church.
Winnie is survived by three daughters, Arlene Mason of Brush, Colo.; Peggy Fox and Charlotte Hofer of Fort Collins, Colo.; son, Tom (Judy) Hofer of Hot Springs; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 63 years; and three sisters, Florence Glanzer; Elvira Walter and Pearl Hofer.
A memorial service celebrating Winnie’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at the United Churches in Hot Springs. Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs.
A memorial has been designated in Winnie’s name to benefit the United Churches of Hot Springs.
Please visit www.chamberlainmccolleys.com to view Winnie’s online obituary and to send a message of condolence to the family.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs.