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VeAnna Hofer

VeAnna Hofer photoVeAnna Hofer, age 70, of Huron, died Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at Nashville, Tennessee.  Her memorial service was 11:00 AM Saturday, April 26th at the Huron Mission Church with Rev. Richard Birr officiating.  Burial was in the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to: Alive Hospice Residence Nashville, 1718 Patterson Street; Nashville, TN 37203 or Huron Community Hospice, c/o Huron Regional Medical Center, 172 4th St SW; Huron, SD 57350.

On April 4, 1938, Paul J. Decker and his wife Elsie (Hofer) were blessed by God with a beautiful baby daughter they named VeAnna.  VeAnna spent many of her formative years on the farm in Freeman, South Dakota, which was the Decker homestead.  VeAnna started her education at Sunshine 26 County School.  It was during these early years that she accepted Christ as her personal Savior while attending Bible school.  VeAnna was later baptized during her high school years and graduated from Freeman Academy in 1956.  VeAnna’s desire to serve led her to pursue her post secondary education at Freeman Junior College where she earned her teaching certificate in 1958. 

While in school, VeAnna met Martin Hofer (Marty) who endeared her with his sense of humor.  On August 12, 1958, they were married at Pioneer Hall in Freeman.  For the first two years of their marriage, they lived in Woonsocket.  Marty worked at a meat packing plant in Huron and VeAnna taught school in Woonsocket.  In 1960, Marty and VeAnna were blessed by God with their first child, Marlin, and the Hofer family moved to Huron.  VeAnna taught in various schools in Beadle County while at the same time providing care for her son.  The following year, they expanded the family with a baby girl that they named Venette.  VeAnna continued to both teach and care for her children until 1963, when their son, Marwin was born.  The family briefly moved to Bridgewater, but moved back to Huron in the fall of 1964 after completing the family and the naming tradition of “M”s and “V”s  as Vyleen was born. 

For the next several years, VeAnna’s focus was on raising her children while Marty opened his own business in Huron called Marty’s Locker.  VeAnna’s faith was tested and strengthened as Marty’s health began to fail.  From 1970 to 1981, VeAnna worked as a Teacher’s Aide at Jefferson Elementary School.  VeAnna clung to her faith as Marty’s health declined and he was taken prematurely in 1981, at the age of 49.  VeAnna found herself with increased responsibility as the head of the household for four children.  VeAnna then became a driver for People’s Transit to support her family.  After twenty-one years of service, VeAnna was honored in 2002, when she received a Department of Transportation award from the state of South Dakota, and was named “Driver of the Year.”  Finally after twenty-four years of service, VeAnna retired from People’s Transit in May 2005.

VeAnna’s faith was an important part of her life that sustained her through many trials.  She was an active member of Huron Mission Church.  Her faithfulness through many trials was a testimony to her children and others who knew her well.  VeAnna was an edifier by nature.  She always had a good word of encouragement to say in most every situation.  VeAnna made a point of using physical contact when making conversation with folks because she believed it made them feel loved.  She loved to send cards and notes of encouragement at every opportunity.  She enjoyed Bible study and hosted one for over twenty-five years. 

After her children grew up and left home, VeAnna’s life of service was not over.  Her focus soon turned to her aging parents, Paul and Elsie.  She supported them with frequent trips to Freeman as they sold the homestead farm, moved back to an apartment in town, and finally to the Salem home.  During this time, VeAnna remained active in the community in Huron.  She enjoyed power walks at the mall, working out at the Nordby Center, and going out for coffee and strawberry ice cream with friends.  VeAnna found encouragement and comfort in contemporary Christian music.  She also enjoyed traveling to visit her children and grandchildren.  Aberdeen is within driving distance of Huron and VeAnna enjoyed watching her granddaughter Brooklyn swim and play sports.  She enjoyed working on crafts and playing table games with her grandchildren, Caleb and Abby while in Rochester where she spent quite a bit of time after surgery at Mayo Clinic.  VeAnna liked watching all levels of basketball.  She would often visit her daughter in the Washington D.C. area, watch her play basketball, attend a Washington Mystics basketball game in person with Vy’s “basketball buddies,” watch college and NBA basketball on television, and top the visit off with a Hoosiers marathon.  VeAnna spent her final months with the Stack family in Nashville where she enjoyed watching her granddaughter, Laura play tennis; her grandson, Andy become an Eagle Scout; and of course, her granddaughter, Emily play basketball.  She remarked how comforting it was just to have the kids around and have them ask her how she was feeling.

VeAnna Hofer was a good and faithful servant to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as well as to her family and friends.  Her service was always performed with humility, never seeking personal credit or adulation.  VeAnna has had a profound impact on the lives of many and has earned many trophies to lie down at the feet of Christ. VeAnna did not bury her gifts and blessings in selfish desire, but invested herself in the lives of others.  She did not lead a perfect life, but the Lord perfected her over time.  Late afternoon of April 22nd, Christ completed the work he started in the heart of a teenage girl.  With her sanctification complete, VeAnna left this world to enter the place that was long ago prepared for her.  Today, we celebrate a life well led and honor VeAnna along with the other saints who have gone before us.

She was preceded in death by husband, Marty Hofer and parents, Paul and Elsie Decker.

 Grateful for having shared her life are her four children, Marlin and wife, Janice Hofer of Rochester, Minnesota, Venette and husband, Larry Stack of Nashville, Tennessee, Marwin and wife, Karen Hofer of Aberdeen and Vyleen and husband, Jack Yoder of Mason Neck, Virginia; and six grandchildren, Laura Elizabeth Stack, Andrew (Andy) Martin Stack,  Emily Rebecca Stack, Caleb Paul Hofer (Son of Marlin and Janice Hofer), Abigail AnnaRose Hofer (Daughter of Marlin and Janice) and Brooklyn Sue Hofer (Daughter of Marwin and Karen Hofer).

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