Harriet Hoffman, 91 

Published 7:01 am Sunday, May 10, 2015



Harriet Hoffman, 91 of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Cottagewood Senior Community in Rochester, Minnesota.

Theodora Harriet Small was born March 13, 1924, in Lyle, Minnesota, the daughter of John Edwin and Sadie Marie (Lastine) Small. Harriet graduated from the Rose Creek High School and began working for the Geo. A. Hormel Co. On June 8, 1946, she married Wilford “Bud” Hoffman at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. Harriet was a long time employee of Hormel Foods Corp., retiring after some 40 years of service.

Harriet was an active member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, often working in the church kitchen and at the St. Olaf Diner at the Mower County Fair.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilford “Bud” Hoffman, son, John Hoffman, and a brother, Gordon Lastine.

Harriet is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Kerry Olson, Stewartville, MN; granddaughter, Abby Buck, Rochester, MN; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Hoffman, Nisswa, MN; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Todd Portinga officiating. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday and at the church on Tuesday for one hour before the service. Inurnment will be at Oakwood Cemetery on Thursday, May 14th at 3:30 p.m. The family prefers memorials.

John M. Schaefer, 58, of Montgomery passed away on May 6, 2015 at The Lodge in Elko New Market. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. Funeral service will be on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Frieden Lutheran Church in New Prague with visitation one hour prior. Burial will be at the Frieden Lutheran Cemetery.