With great sadness at the loss of their beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, the Hoffman family bids farewell to Alice Hoffman. With her gentle nature, kindness of spirit and unwavering cheerfulness this wonderful lady leaves behind an exemplary legacy of a life well-lived and countless dear memories for her family.
Alice was born to Jacob and Emilia (Waltz) Dockter in their farm home north of McClusky. Her father died when she was 4 years old. Later her mother married August Schick who raised Alice from childhood to an adult. In 1931, the family moved to a farm west of Denhoff and then into Denhoff itself two year later. Alice attended the Denhoff School through 12th grade when she graduated as valedictorian in 1944. Following high school, she was employed in the office of the Agriculture and Labor Department at the state capitol in Bismarck for two years.
Alice married Harvey Hoffman on June 14, 1945, in Renton, Wash. After Harvey's discharge from the service, the happy couple lived in Bismarck, McClusky and Lodi, Calif., until 1952 when the family, including their children, Dale and Brenda, returned to North Dakota where Alice and Brenda were tuberculosis patients at the San Haven Sanatorium at Dunseith for one and a half years. After their discharge, the family remained at San Haven, where Alice took the position as executive housekeeper and director of central supply, a position she held for the next 28 years. She retired in May 1986 and the couple moved to Rugby, all the while enjoying traveling and camping in all 50 states, as well as wintering in Truth or Consequences, N.M., until 2003 (17 years).
Alice is survived by: son, Dale (Loretta) Hoffman of Fountain Hills, Ariz., daughter, Brenda (David) Pazandak of Greenville, S.C., and daughter, Cynthia (Michael) Allstead of Santa Fe, N.M. Alice and Harvey also loved and cherished their three grandchildren, Lisa Hoffman, of Madison, Wis., David (Angela) Hoffman, of Columbus, Ohio, and Michele Allstead, of Sandpoint, Idaho. They were also blessed with one precious great-granddaughter, Isabella Hoffman, of Columbus, Ohio. Alice also leaves three sisters, Violet Kurschman, of McClusky, Lorraine (Boyd) Gilchrist, of Mandan, and Marjorie (Armond) Sonnek, of Annandale, Va.
She was preceded in death by her husband (Jan. 22, 2012) and her parents.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Rugby. Pastor Mike Pretzer, officiating.
Burial will be in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan, on Friday at 3 p.m.
Visitation will be for one hour prior to the time of services in the funeral home.
Casket Bearers: Lisa Hoffman, David Hoffman, Angela Hoffman, Michele Allstead and Isabella Hoffman
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: (www.funeralsbyanderson.com).