YALE — Anna Hofer, 97, of Yale, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home. Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb.14 at Mt. Olivet Church with the Rev. David Erdman, officiating. Burial will be in Ideal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Kuhler Funeral Home, with her family present from 6 to 8 p.m. A time of remembrance will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Kuhler Funeral Home. Her family prefers memorials.
Anna (Mandel) Hofer was born on July 14, 1915, to Jacob P. and Anna (Wipf) Mandel in the Bridgewater area. When she was about the age of seven her parents moved to a farm northeast of the Bethel Church in Beadle County. She lived there until she married Ernest A. Hofer on Oct. 11, 1934. For the first year of their married life they lived with her in-laws, Andrew and Barbara Hofer, south of Doland. The next three years they lived on a farm north of Lake Bryon, then moved to a farm near Bloomfield. During these early years Ernest hauled gravel. She traveled with him, living in a homemade trailer house and cooking for her family and hired hands. In 1941 they moved to Yale and she lived there the rest of her life until she entered Violet Tschetter Memorial Home.
Ernest and Anna had one daughter, Delphine (Clarence Decker). Also in her life was Eddie (Jean) Hohm whom she considered a son, since he spent weekdays with them from the age of 12 until he married Jean.
Anna loved flowers, gardening, cooking, and baking. Whatever the grandchildren and great-grandchildren wanted, she made it for them. Every family get-together included cream puffs, homemade buns and brown rice. Cream puffs was also a favorite of her nieces and nephews who thought highly of her.
She is survived by her daughter, Delphine of Yale; son, Eddie (Jean) Hohm of Wessington; granddaughter, Carla (Ron) Pierson of Yale, grandson, Carvel Decker of Yale, granddaughter, Carleen (Bill) Timm of Yale, and grandson, Kip (Debbie) Decker of Brandon.
She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Shawn (Jennifer) Mendel and their children Haley and Haden, Ernest (Erin) Mendel and their children Ethan and Elijah, Clare Mendel and his children Braxtyn and Breelyn, Christina (Mike) Guthrie and their children Alissa and Mason, and their dad, Tom Mendel, Tyler Pierson, Chase Decker and his mother Nancy Decker, her children Jeremy Groenewold and his daughter Jaycee (Shasta and her sons Christopher, Logan, Montana) Joshua Groenewold, Lexy, Megan, Chelsey, and Rayson Timm, Adam (Natalya) Tuschen and their children Ellie Mae and Case, Elizabeth Tuschen; one brother, Eli Mandel of Tempe, Arizona, one sister, Elizabeth Gross of Volga; many nieces and nephews.
Anna was preceded in death by her parents; step-fathers, John K. Hofer and John Landseadel; her husband, Ernest; son-in-law, Clarence Decker; sisters, Susie (Martin) Pullman, Barbara (Arlie) Amdahl, and a sister in infancy; brothers, Jacob (Ida) Mandel and Joe J. (Adella) Mandel; brother-in-law, Henry K Gross; sister-in-law, Rose Mandel; and a niece, Judy Porath.
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