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HOFFA, Arba Jean 1930-1951


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 2/24/2019 at 17:38:16

Obituary Of Mrs. Ernest Hoffa

Arba Jean Hoffa, daughter of Franklin and Roberta Brown Evans, was born Aug. 29, 1930, at Kearney, Nebr., and passed away at the Deaconess hospital in Marshalltown on July 29, 1951, following a serious automobile accident. She received her early education in the Buffalo and Dawson county schools and spent one year in McPherson College, McPherson, Kan. She was united with the Overton Methodist church as a youth and was faithful and active in the varied program of the church.

She was united in marriage to Earnest Hoffa, at Overton, Nebr., on Feb. 4 1950. After a short trip through the south they moved to a farm in the Ivester community. She endeared herself to many friends through her activities in the church and the community. She taught a class in the Ivester Sunday school. She was leader of the 4-H girls' club of Melrose township. She and her husband were Adult Advisors of the Ivester CBYF. She will be remembered for her radiant personality and her loyalty and deep Christian faith.

She is survived by her husband, her father and mother, a sister, Marlene, two grandmothers, Mrs. Ella Brown and Mrs. Lydia Evans. A brother, Gary, lost his life in the same accident which called Jean home.

The family wish to express their thanks to all for the sympathy and kindness shown them during this experience of deep sorrow.

Memorial services for Mrs. Hoffa were held at the Ivester church of the Brethren on Aug. 1, with Rev. Walter J. Heisey as minister. Interment was in the Sheller Cemetery.

"Keep on Believing," was sung by Mrs. Milo Schwarck, Mrs. Merle Kirkdorffer, Glen Button and Judson Freed. "Just a Closer Walk," was sung by Galen Albright. The pianist was Mrs. Kenneth Cakerice.

Casket bearers were Ellis Albright, Irvin Cakerice, Clyde Knox, Robert Katzer, Jay Miller and Lee Minnich. Flower bearers were Mrs. Irvin Cakerice, Mrs. Clyde Knox, Mrs. Jay Miller and Mrs. Lee Minnich. The 4-H club flower bearers were Helen Draper, Mary Draper, Phyllis Hogle, Marlene Moats, Verlee Reist, Shirley Snyder, Janet Brindle, Loreta Moats.

The floral offerings were most beautiful and represented the high esteem in which Mrs. Hoffa was held. A number of Memorial gifts were presented to the church as a tribute of her memory.

Relatives attending from a distance were her parents and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Evans and Marlene from Lexington, Nebr.; her grandmothers, Mrs. Ella Brown, McPherson, Kan., and Mrs. Lydia Evans, Kearney, Nebr.;

Mr. and Mrs. Galen Evans and Charles and Mrs. Jack Richards, Shelton, Nebr.; Mrs. Martha Priebe, Kearney, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Leland Lindell and Jane, and Mrs. Esther Enburge and Robert, McPherson, Kan.; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Simonson, Brownsdale, Minn.; Art Biese, Dexter, Minn.; Henry Ottjes, Sr., Stuartville, Minn.; Henry Ottjes Jr., Austin, Minn.; Mrs. Fred Bertram and Mr. and Mrs. Bert Immings, Parkersburg; Mr. and Mrs. Marlyn Hasbrouck and Donald and Mr. and Mrs. Eilert Falken, New Hartford; Mrs. Chris Henze and Shirley, Shell Rock; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Immings and family, Aplington; Mr. and Mrs. John Shatzberg, Cedar Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Otis Shatzberg, Shell Rock; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Hoffa, Marshalltown; Mr. and Mrs. John Kruger and family, Mrs. Iver Hoffa, Belle Plaine; Mrs. Harold Crane, Mrs. Lester Brown and Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Clemons, Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hoffa, Rock Island, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Brown, Marshalltown; and Mrs. Fred Lampman, Gainesville.

Friends coming from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Albright, McPherson, Kan.; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hiscox and Gertrude Casey, Overton, Nebr.; Nelda Baldner, Dallas Center; Gilford Eikenberry, Oklahoma; Rev. and Mrs. Howard Keim, South English; Hannah Messer, Waterloo; and Mrs. Jennie Messer, Alliance, Ohio.

The 4-H Melrose Merry Maids and the CBYF attended the services in a body. Dinner was served to the relatives at the Ivester church on Wednesday by the Cheerful Helpers Sunday School Class. Lunch was served later in the afternoon by the Melrose Merry Maids at the home of their assistant leader, Mrs. Lee Minnich. Mrs. Minnich had also opened her home to relatives for Monday and Tuesday evening suppers. Friends and neighbors assisted with these meals.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 9 August 1951, pg 11


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