Alma Martha Hofer was born on the family farm by Bridgewater, S.D. to Jacob J. and Maggie (Mendel) Hofer on Nov. 24, 1931. She passed away at Freeman Medical Center on Jan. 29, 2018 with her daughter Marilyn by her side. Mom lived on that same family farm for all of her 86 years, two months and five days. She loved it there and never wanted to live anywhere else.
On Dec. 27, 1955 Alma married Dellis Dale Hofer. To this union was born a son, Michael, and a daughter, Marilyn. Alma and Dellis farmed together their entire married life. Their son, Michael, joined them in farming and when Dellis passed away in 2008 Michael took over the farm.
Mom was baptized upon her confession of faith in Jesus Christ and became a member of the Neu Hutterthal Mennonite Church of Bridgewater as a young girl. After Alma and Dellis were married they joined the Salem Mennonite Brethren Church of Bridgewater and remained members until their passing.
Mom graduated from Freeman Academy in 1950. She liked to tell the story of how she cultivated in the morning and then got ready to go to her high school graduation in the evening. She was a very active farmwife.
Mom loved to cook, garden, can produce, and do anything needed on the farm. She had a huge garden most of her life and her house was always full of canned fruits and vegetables, baked treats like apple pie, home-raised chicken and ducks, and traditional foods like schuten krafla, zwiebach, and homemade noodles. She also had a talent for buying baby calves and feeding them until ready for market.
In 2015, Alma was heartbroken by the loss of her beloved son, Michael, at just 58 years old. Her faith in God helped her through this.
Remaining to cherish her life and memory are her daughter Marilyn of Freeman, S.D.; sisters-in-law Darleen Jensen and Darlene Hofer of Viborg, S.D.; brother-in-law Jennis Hofer of Sioux Falls, S.D., as well as nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; mother and father-in-law, Dave and Kate (Wipf) Hofer; her husband, Dellis; and son, Michael. Also preceding her in death are her four brothers and their spouses: Alvin (Mary), Jacob (Anna), John (Maureen) and Abraham (Martha); brother-in-laws: Juel Hofer, Harold Jensen, Oscar Sayler and Robert Jorgenson; sister-in-laws Joyce Jorgensen and Diana Sodemann; and nieces/nephews: MariLynn Hofer, Judy Hofer, Donald Hofer and Warren Hofer.
A celebration of life was held at the Salem Mennonite Brethren Church of rural Bridgewater Friday, Feb. 2, with Rev. Mike Petts officiating. Music was provided by Mary Ann Gross, Tim and Chauni Glanzer and the Oak Lane Colony Girls. Interment was at the Salem Mennonite Brethren Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Joey Wipf, Mark Gross, Ken Glanzer, Scott Glanzer, Wade Hofer and Jerry Osterberg.