Catherine Hofer

Aug. 26, 1926 - Jan. 9, 2018

DEWITT — Elaine Catherine Hofer, 91, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at Westwing Place, DeWitt, Iowa.

She was born Aug. 26, 1926, at Goose Lake to the late Arthur and Agnes (Ketelsen) Schroeder. Elaine was a 1943 graduate of Elvira High School. She married Paul Hofer on Nov. 17, 1943, at Elvira Zion Lutheran Church. The couple farmed and raised their family of five children in rural DeWitt. Paul preceded Elaine in death in March 24, 1986.

She was a devoted lifelong member of Elvira Zion Lutheran Church and the Naomi Circle, serving as president of Elvira Lutheran Church Women. Elaine began playing organ at the church at age 13 and was choir director and Sunday school accompanist. She and Paul were active in Clinton County and Iowa Pork Producers. Elaine also served on the Clinton County Porkette Board and was awarded the State Bell Ringer Award for pork promotion. She and Paul traveled throughout the United States promoting Iowa pork. Family was her passion and she was devoted to her family especially in prayer.

Surviving are children, Kay (David) Hall, Ken-deceased (Phyllis) and Art (Stephanie) Hofer, all of DeWitt, Paula (Tom) Underwood, West Des Moines, and Rick Hofer, Ankeny; grandchildren, Jamey (Deb) Hall, Randy (Tammy) Hall, Stacy (Emil) Olbrich, Kristi Hofer, Mike (Angie) Hofer, Andrea (Amar) Young, Laura (Brian) Hinspeter, Brad Hofer, Kelsey (Greg) Hudson and Kyle (Kelli) Underwood; 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by brothers, LaVern and Donald.

Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt, with a Service of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Elvira Zion Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Elvira Zion Lutheran Church Organ Fund.

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