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Obituary for Hildegard Rosa Hofmann
Hofmann, Hildegard Rosa, age 82 of Littleton. Hilda Hofmann passed from this life peacefully on July 31, 2014 at Applewood Our House in Lakewood, Colorado. She was born on June 11, 1932 in Bamberg, Germany to Michael Friedrich and Wilhelmine (Dorsch) Knauer. During her childhood years, family, friends and church played key roles in her life. These remained constant throughout Hilda’s life, traits she passed on to those closest to her. As the oldest of three children (brother Fritz and sister Ruth), she played a critical role assisting her mother and siblings following her father’s death in war-torn Germany during the height of World War II. This included helping run the family restaurant after the war during the reconstruction of Europe. These events provided a unique perspective for Hilda on life in general and the ability to overcome challenges—something she was always able to do. While operating the family restaurant, she met Virgil Hofmann, who was stationed with the U.S. Army in Germany. They dated and later married on October 20, 1953—a marriage that spanned 30 years. Hilda and Virgil settled in Brooten, Minnesota where they started a very successful business, Hofmann Automatic Transmission, which still bears the same name and is thriving today. Hilda was a dedicated wife and mother, raising two children (Anita and Tony). She also remained very active in community and church. This included operating a Dairy Freeze, holding numerous leadership positions in St. Donatus Catholic Church, and working for the Brooten school system. Her work with St. Donatus is especially noteworthy. In 1989 she was awarded the Medal of Merit from the Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota—an honor bestowed on very few people for work in the diocese. Hilda was also extremely talented in a variety of other areas well. This included knitting, sewing, cooking gourmet meals and producing truly exceptional baked goods. In addition to these skills, she was also an accomplished bowler, winning numerous individual awards and contributing to the success of many teams. Hilda developed deep and lasting relationships during her 36 years in Brooten, relationships she valued and taking the time to foster throughout her life. Following Virgil’s death, she relocated to Littleton, Colorado to be closer to Anita and son-in-law Tom Schicktanz. While there Hilda remained active in the St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. She also assisted her family in a variety of ways and worked many years at K-Mart, where she had a unique way of making work meaningful while also building long-term relationships. In addition to family, Bill and Gerry Buckner as well as Bill and Dorothy Schicktanz were phenomenal friends that were instrumental in Hilda’s life after her arrival in Colorado. Hilda leaves a legacy rich in caring for family and friends, a focus on church and a penchant for having pride in a solid day’s work. Her German heritage was prevalent in her spunky personality. Never short for providing her opinion, the adage of a sign she proudly displayed aptly describes Hilda: “You can always tell a German, but you can’t tell them much!” She will be missed but never forgotten. She is preceded in death by her beloved family members; her husband, Virgil; her parents, Michael Friedrich and Wilhelmine; and her brother Fritz. She is survived by her children Anita Schicktanz and son-in-law Tom (Littleton, Colorado); Tony and daughter-in-law Susan; grandchildren Nate, Abby and Kate (Overland Park, Kansas); sister Ruth and brother-in-law Willi (Bamberg, Germany).
Cemetery: Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Service: A Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, August 30th, at 10:30 AM. St. Donatus Catholic Church 301 Eastern Avenue Brooten, Minnesota 56316