M. Virginia Hoefer, 90, a lifelong resident of Farley, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 at Luther Manor in Dubuque.
Friends and relatives of Virginia may call from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, where a wake service will be held at 5 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farley, with the Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Assisting Deacon will be Dan O’Connell. Mass servers will be Sydney Lukes and Etta Lukes. Lectors will be Christy Deutmeyer and Carol Scherrman. Eucharistic Ministers will be Ron Hoefer and Ginger Hoefer. Placing of the pall will be done by Ron Hoefer, Mary Jo McDermott and Joanie Neyens. Giftbearers will be Emma Streif, Savannah Pope and Ava Gibbs. Burial will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery in Farley.
Casketbearers for Virginia will be Kelly Gibbs, Rachel Hiles, Kim Streif, Ryan McDermott, Lisa Pope, Ellie Wilson, Dana Klein, Mick Wilson, Corey Hoefer and Anna Hoefer.
She was born Jan. 22, 1929 in Dubuque, daughter of Joseph E. and Rose Marie (Carden) Scherrman. She is a graduate of the former St. Joseph High School in Farley. She also attended Bayless Business College in Dubuque. On Oct. 5, 1949 she was united in marriage to John Hoefer in Farley. He preceded her in death July 20, 2013. The couple farmed in the rural Farley area.
Mom, affectionately called a “City girl” by her father-in-law, was not afraid to get her hands dirty. She helped wherever Dad needed her on the farm whether that was plowing the fields, baling hay, milking cows, or running lunch out to the field to save Dad time. On top of this, she kept the house spotless, the kids in clean clothes and put huge evening meals on the table. She was also the main caregiver to the annual flock of 300 or so chickens that would end up in the freezer by summer’s end. In her downtime, she enjoyed cross stitching, reading and spending time at the Cabin on Lake Delhi. Friday mornings were reserved for catching up with her friends at the beauty shop. She was a lifelong basketball and football fan, especially her beloved Hawkeyes.
She was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Farley, a member of its Altar and Rosary Society and a member of the Dubuque County Farm Bureau.
She is survived by three children, Ron (Virginia) Hoefer, of Dubuque, Mary Jo (Todd) McDermott, of Dubuque, and Joanie (Dave) Neyens, of Anamosa; two daughters-in-law, Nancy (Rick) Heim, of Farley and Christy (Scott) Deutmeyer, of Dyersville; 13 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and one brother, Raymond (Pearl) Scherrman, of Farley; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kathleen Funke, of Worthington, Charles Hoefer, of Epworth and Bill (Anna Mae) Hoefer, of Marion; and many nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Thomas Hoefer and Edward Hoefer; a daughter Ann Marie Hoefer in infancy and her sister, Ann (Len) Siegert; sisters-in-law Clara (Gene) Kuehn, Genevieve (Ray) Regan, Helen Haberman and Clarice “Lavon” Hoefer; two brothers-in-law, Maurice (Norine) Hoefer and Donald Funke.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in memory of Virginia Hoefer to St. Joseph Church Growth and Improvement Fund or Hospice of Dubuque.
The family would like give a special thanks to the staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care they gave to Virginia.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com