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Elsie M. Hofer

Elsie Hofer obituary photoElsie May Hofer, age 90, of Huron, died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at the SunQuest Health Care Center.  Her memorial service was at 11 AM, Monday, May 17th at the Mt. Olivet Church with Rev. David Erdman, officiating.  Burial was in the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Elsie May Barber was born May 20, 1919, to Michael James and Edith (Priddis) Barber at Buckley, Washington.  She moved with her family to LaHabra, California, and graduated from Fullerton High School in 1938.  Elsie worked in an avocado packing plant.  During World War II, Elsie worked at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company as a “Rosie the Riveter.”  She met Herbert H. Hofer at Santa Ana, California, and they were married on August 25, 1943, at LaHabra, California.  In 1946, following Herbert’s discharge, they moved to Huron and she has lived here since.  Elsie worked at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home in the kitchen for ten years.

She was a member of the Mt. Olivet Church and National Association of Retired Federal Employees.  Elsie also served as a Girl Scout leader and den mother.  Some of Elsie’s hobbies and interests were gardening, crocheting, latch-hook projects and reading the Bible.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herbert, on January 4, 1998; two brothers, Robert Barber and Francis Barber in infancy; three sisters, Gertrude DeLapp, Ellen Jones and Bernice Rogers; and one grandson, Phillip Inskeep.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Herbert Charles (Dar) Hofer of Brandon, Dorothy Inskeep of Mitchell, Deborah (Egon) Calundann of Olympia, Washington, and John (Karen) Hofer of Huron; three grandchildren, Adrian Schlueter, Jeanie Allerdings and Douglas (Keri) Inskeep; and seven great-grandchildren, Katelyn and Halee Allerdings, Jared and Natalie Inskeep, and Shawn, Halanah  and Brittany Inskeep, her adopted granddaughter.

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