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Margaret Hoffman, 88

Margaret Hoffman's struggle with Alzheimer's disease ended peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Cottagewood Assisted Living in Rochester.

Margaret was born April 13, 1929, in Lake City to William and Gertrude (Funk) Elwood. She graduated from McCahill Institute, the Catholic school in Lake City. She worked at Gillette Neaton in Lake City as a secretary. On July 5, 1954, she married Donald Hoffman of Red Wing. After marriage she worked as a secretary for the Minnesota State Patrol in Rochester. Upon the birth of her first child she became a full-time homemaker.

Together they had four children, William (Ann Beauseigneur) of Rochester, Daniel (Lillian) of Little Rock, Arkansas, Deborah Hoffman of Rochester, Jennifer (Roy Lovejoy) of Rochester. They have eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Margaret was a long-time member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Rochester and sang in the choir for many years. She volunteered at St. Francis School in the library and as a Cub Scout den mother. Margaret was a fantastic cook and homemaker.

She enjoyed traveling with business companions, traveling the world with Don, and spending time in her hometown of Lake City at their summer home with family. She also enjoyed going to the Minnesota State Fair and stock car races.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her infant brother; her parents; and a grandson.

Visitation will be at River Park Chapel, Macken Funeral Home from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at St. Francis of Assisi Church with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Cook officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Lake City, Minn.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorials to St. Francis of Assisi Church or Lourdes High School.

Macken Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.

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