Viola Hazel Hoffman

Viola Hazel Hoffman

Viola Hazel Hoffman was born July 26, 1925, and died June 27, 2012.  A graduate of Beaver Dam High School, Viola Hazel Hoffman married Paul Harold Hoffman on July 18, 1944 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin with the Reverend L.C. Kirst officiating.

Since Paul was still on active duty in the US Army Air Force, they did not set up house in the Beaver Dam area until Paul was discharged from the service. The daughter of Emil and Martha Winter who predeceased her, Viola was survived by her brother, Harvey Winter, but her two brothers—Marvin Winter and Lawrence Winter, and one sister Doris Klatt and her brother-in-law Herbert Klatt preceded her in death.

Except for working in the Green Giant canning factory, and a munitions factory as a shell inspector during World War II, Viola did not work outside the home and never drove a car. She was a consummate homemaker, mother, and chef. No one ever left her home hungry and without asking for at least one recipe which she never wrote down. On January 19, 1947, their first child, Nathan Paul Hoffman was born in Beaver Dam. Around 1950 after graduating from Gregg Business College in Chicago, Illinois, Paul moved the family to his new job in Goliad, Texas to be a Court Stenographer for Texas State District Judge Frank Martin. A year later on October 16, 1951 their son “Greg” David Hoffman was christened after the business college in Chicago, dropping one g. Then Candace Sue Hoffman arrived in 1955 at the house on South Jefferson Street in Goliad, Texas.

Mrs. Hoffman served on the American Women’s Legion, member of the VFW, sold poppies every year, and was active in her church, St. John’s Lutheran in Goliad. Besides volunteering for over 30 years at the Goliad Nursing Home, she taught Bible School, and served faithfully on the Women of the Church League.

Viola is survived by her three children, Nathan and wife Mary Ann of Tyler, Greg and Joyce Hoffman of Liberty Hill, Candace Boynton of Peel, Arkansas, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.