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Loretta Marie Hoffman

 

November 24, 2020

ROCKLAND, Mich. - Loretta Marie Hoffman was accepted into the loving arms of our Lord on Nov. 19, 2020. Her 98-year legacy of faith and family will forever be cherished by everyone she touched in her kind and giving way. The world lost a treasured mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.

Loretta was born in Rockland on April 21, 1922, to Henry and Mary (Schmaus) Lohman (who passed when Loretta was 16). She graduated from Rockland High School in 1940.

A life-long resident of Rockland, aside from a few years working in Chicago, she married Maurice Hoffman on Dec. 29, 1945. He preceded her on Jan. 5, 1991.

Loretta was postmaster of the Rockland Post Office from 1969 through 1989. She was active in the Rockland American Legion Auxiliary for 75 years, acting as treasurer for 50 years, and as a member of St. Mary"s Altar Society, serving as treasurer for many decades. She was also involved in the Rockland museum as a historian until age 93.

Her talents included needlepoint and quilting, completing 30 cherished quilts for every family member. A favorite pastime was playing bingo at the Rockland Hall. Loretta and Maurice spent their life together, before and after retirement, on memorable adventures to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Branson, Washington D.C., as well as following the Detroit Tigers to various cities.

Loretta was truly involved with life in every good way and loved spending time with her family. She was a spiritual person devoted to her Catholic faith and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church for her entire 98 years.

She is survived by her four children, Jerry (Mary Don) Hoffman of Rockland, Ron (Nancy) Hoffman of Oconto, Wisconsin, Dave (Wendy) Hoffman of Ontonagon, and Darlene (Ward) Rantala of Marquette; grandchildren, Lori (Glen) Fleming, Jerry (Jeanette Meyer) Hoffman, Eric (Lauren) Hoffman, Paul (Heidi) Hoffman, Lacey (Nathan) Hoffman, Brian (Brie) Rantala and Michelle (Ryan) Zanetti; 10 great-grandchildren; special sister, Mary (Dolly) Verville-Pakkonen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice; and beloved sister, Jeanette Pufpaf.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Mary"s Catholic Church, 515 Pine St., Ontonagon, MI 49953; or Rockland Museum, 40 National Ave,, Rockland, MI 49960.

Loretta"s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Aspirus Long-Term in Ontonagon for their compassionate and exceptional care given to our Mom.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held. A memorial service will be held in summer of 2021.

Cane Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 
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