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Frank Joseph Hofmann, Age 94, of Lindstrom, MN passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan Society in St. Croix Falls, WI on February 19, 2017.
Frank was born on August 3, 1922 to John and Mary (Plotz) Hofmann in Morgan, MN where he and his seven siblings were raised. Growing up the Hofmann family only spoke German, so when Frank started school it was very difficult to learn. He attended a Catholic School until 3rd grade when they moved to a farm in Clements, MN. There he attended public school until 6th grade (age 14) when he dropped out of school to work for local farmers. Frank was drafted into the Army in 1942 where he was a military policeman. He had met the love of his life, Janet Eichten, before he left and when he returned they got married on November 11, 1943 on the Eichten Family Farm.
They then moved to Sandborn, MN where Frank worked at the Creamery. It was there they had their first two children Margaret and Richard. In 1946 they moved to Revere, MN to start farming and had three more children Robert, Barbara, and Marlene. Barbara passed away at the age of four months. In 1952 the family moved to a farm six miles east of Wanda, MN and they had their last two children Ronald and Beverly. In 1959 they moved to a farm in Center City, MN with all six children. They lived there for nine years until they moved to a house in Lindstrom, MN (with the two youngest children Ronald and Beverly) and lived for 42 years together until the loss of his sweetheart. Frank lived by himself for another six years, until 2016 when he moved to The Lodge in Taylors Falls, MN.
Some passions he had were fixing up his John Deere Tractors,woodworking, gardening, fixing up neighborhood kids bikes, and taking neighborhood kids and even the adults on tractor rides with his wagon. Frank was an usher at St. Bridget’s for nearly 50 years and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He worked with Father Bill Whittier on building the new church. Frank and Janet loved attending church every Sunday, spending time together traveling, snowmobiling, dancing, and entertaining family and friends at their home.
Frank is survived by his amazingly big family: five children; Margaret (Dave Chilko) Jenniges, Richard (Anita) Hofmann, Marlene (Bruce) George, Ronald (Kay) Hofmann, and Beverly (Gary) Peterson; 23 grandchildren, Kevin (Donna) Jenniges, Dino (Colleen) Jenniges, Tamera (Friend Brian Landstiener) O’Neil, Paul (Mary) Jenniges, Teresa (Patrick) Trost, Mark (Jackie) Jenniges, Scott (Cassie) Chilko, Ann Caza, Kimberly (Friend Norm Thoreen) Hofmann, Michele (Tim) Grams, Tracey (FiancéBrandon Johnson) Hofmann, Kennedy (Jean) Hofmann, Paul Hofmann, John (Amy) Hofmann, Jewel (Rich) Voska, Loralynn Rose, Jodilynn Rose, Jeremy (Linda) Carlson, Amy Albrecht, Keith (Jessica) Hofmann, Jason(Friend Nina Semple) Hofmann, Jessica (Jeffrey) Ross, and Jamie (Michael) Carlson; 52 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; siblings Johnny Hofmann of Sandborn, MN, Maggie (Bob) Schroedl of Glenwood, MN, Jiggs Hughes of Benson, MN; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Frank is preceded in death by his beloved wife Janet Hofmann; parents John and Mary Hofmann; siblings Benny Hofmann, Betty Schenk, Joe Hofmann, and Patti Guetter; children Robert Hofmann and Barbara Hofmann; grandchildren Tad George and Ronald Hofmann Jr.
Many thanks to all the staff at The Lodges in Taylors Falls, St. Croix Hospital and Good Samaritan Society and all the loving family and friends who came to visit throughout the last few weeks.
Visitation will be from 9– 11 Thursday, February 23, 2017 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, Lindstrom, MN. Mass of Christian Burial immediately following the Visitation at 11 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church with Father David Kohner officiating. Interment at Fairview Cemetery in Lindstrom following Mass of Christian Burial. Casket bearers are grandsons; Kevin Jenniges, Dino Jenniges, Paul Jenniges, Mark Jenniges, Kennedy Hofmann, Jeremy Carlson, Keith Hofmann, Jason Hofmann, Paul Hofmann, John Hofmann, and Scott Chilko. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Lindstrom. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grand strandfh.com.