Esther Lucille Hoffman


February 1, 1924 - March 28, 2014


Esther L. (Dean) Hoffman was born Feb. 1, 1924 at Milan, IL. to Henry and Ella (Rettig) Dean.  She had six brothers and sisters:  Elsie, Ruth, William, Clarence, Raymond and Harriet.  She attended grade school at Milan, IL.  As a teenager Esther worked at the Milan Bakery for $10 a week.  Being just two years apart in age, Esther and her sister, Harriet, were very close and did a lot of things together.  Esther played the mandolin and Harriet the guitar and they sang and played on WLS radio station and were billed as the “Dean Sisters”.  Esther has always loved music and to dance. 

She married Otto Hoffman in Illinois on Sept. 6, 1941.   They had a double wedding with her sister Harriet and husband Warren Tindall.  Otto and Esther farmed in Illinois for 10 years and had three children - Jim (1943), Gene (1946), and Judy (1949).  They purchased a farm near Artesian, SD in 1951.  Before they moved they lost their home and all their belongings to a fire.  They farmed, ranched and raised their children near Artesian.  Otto passed away in Feb. 1987.  Esther stayed on the farm until Nov. 2010 when health issues caused her to go into the Mitchell hospital and then into Firesteel Healthcare Center. 

Esther’s friends and family will testify to what a wonderful cook and baker she was.  She always had a fresh batch of cookies and coffee to share with guests.  Esther’s green thumb was evident in the beautiful flower gardens she raised each spring and summer.  She also loved gardening.  She worked side by side with her husband for 36 years to make their farm a showplace, and continued to keep it beautiful after he passed away.  Their sons, Jim and Gene, farmed with them, and their daughter, Judy, lived close by, so their families shared a lot of special times together.  Esther was very active in the Artesian Senior Citizens, and was president for many years.  She enjoyed playing cards with the other folks that came.  She was also very active in the Fedora Presbyterian Church, and considers Pastor Dick Poppen a very special friend. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto, her parents, Ella (Rettig) and Henry Dean, three brothers, William, Clarence and Raymond Dean, three sisters, Elsie Hodson, Ruth Parker, and Harriet Tindall, and two infant grandsons, Tracy and Travis Hoffman.  She is survived by two sons, Jim and Karen (Peterson) Hoffman, Gene Hoffman, one daughter, Judy (Hoffman) and Lowell Wormstadt, daughter-in-law, Judi (Vinz) Larson, nine grandchildren, Matt and Tyler Hoffman, Melissa Schmiedt, Dustin and Brandon Hoffman, Krystle Richards, Jeff and Marty Wormstadt and Angie Scott, and twenty great grandchildren:  Dillan and Jada Schmiedt, Ryan, Ren and Malori Hoffman, Darienne and Destini Hoffman, Lucy and Donnie Richards, Korbin, Kenzie and Blayde Hoffman and Tristen, Cole, Alex, Aiden, Noah and Kara Wormstadt and Cayden and Brady Scott.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, April 2, 2014
10:30 AM
Fedora Presbyterian Church
Fedora, South Dakota


Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Artesian, South Dakota

Posted by Dave Nelson on April 7, 2014
Very sorry to hear about Esther's passing. My condolences to the family. My father, Cecil Nelson enjoyed talking to her on the phone and it was one of the bright spots in his remaining years.
Posted by Sharon Nelson Narem on April 5, 2014
Our condolences on Esther's passing. She was a good neighbor & friend to Cecil and Thelma and these past years Cecil enjoyed visiting with her by phone and keeping up with the Artesian news. Prayers to her family.
Posted by Virginia Hodson Shipman on April 2, 2014
Aunt Esther always had a positive attitude, was upbeat, and laughed often...a lot fun. We can only imagine what she and her siblings are saying about us. Loved her!
Posted by Carol (Senska) Schade on March 31, 2014
Esther was a special lady--always had the smile on her face that I see in her picture in the obituary. And a dignified LADY!!! Am so glad that I knew her. What wonderful memories you should all have and she was the matriach to wonderful children, grandchildren and greatchildren. Rest in peace and be with Otto in peace.
Posted by Richard and Jackie on March 31, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have many fond memories of Aunt Esther. She was always fun to be around and loved by everyone who knew her.
Posted by Katie (Dean) Galbraith on March 30, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in peace, Aunt Esther!
Posted by Jack & Jan Fitzpatrrick on March 30, 2014
Our love and prayers to the families of our Aunt Esther, who gave our family priceless memories !!!
Posted by Sharon Hvam on March 30, 2014
I alway enjoyed Esther and she was such a personable person.She lived a very fulfilling life and left her family many memories.
Posted by Devona Simonson on March 30, 2014
my sympathies to the family on the loss of Esther, she was a nice lady.
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