Sylvester Hoffner

Aug. 23, 1925-May 2, 2021

Sylvester S. Hoffner, 95,

Esmond, ND, passed away

Sunday, May 2, 2021 at

St. Aloisius Medical

Center, Harvey, ND. Mass

of Christian Burial will be

held Friday, May 7, 2021,

11:00 AM at St. Boniface

Catholic Church, Esmond,

with Fr. Brian Bachmeier


Visitation will be

Thursday, May 6, 2021

from 6:00-7:00 PM with a

7:00 PM prayer service at

the church. Burial will be

in the St. Boniface Cathol-

ic Cemetery.

Military Honors provid-

ed by Robert Tovsrud

VFW Post #757 of Har-


Sylvester Sebastian

Hoffner was born August

23, 1925 near Esmond,

ND, the son of Sebastian

and Theresa (Gefroh)

Hoffner. He grew up on

the family farm and at-

tended and graduated

from Esmond High

School. He entered the

United States Marines and

served for three years. He

returned to Esmond and

started farming. Sylvester

married Eris Noem Gil-

bertson on December 31,

1966 in Saticoy, CA. They

would spend the summers

in Esmond and winter in

California. He drove

school bus for the Es-

mond School District for

many years. He retired

from farming in the late


Sylvester was a member

of St. Boniface Catholic

Church, Esmond and the

Esmond V.F. W. He was a

kind and compassionate

man. He was well respect-ed and loved by everyone

in the community.

Sylvester is survived

by: his children, Darlene

(Larry) Soper, Kennesaw,

GA; Wayne (Denise) Gil-

bertson, Eugene, OR;

Steven (Dina) Gilbertson,

Devils Lake, ND; Michael

Gilbertson, Minot; and

Lisa (Ronnie) Weiss,

Minot; siblings, Serenus

(Janet) Hoffner, Bismarck;

Leander (Jeanette)

Hoffner, Minot, ND; and

Carlotta Goldade, Minot;

eight grandchildren and

six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in

death by his parents, wife

Eris, and brothers and sis-


Online condolences

may be left at


The Nelson Funeral

Home of Maddock is in

charge of the arrange-