|Maurice Hoffman 10/20/2008|
Maurice G. Hoffman age 87 a resident of the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home and formerly of Maiden Rock died on October 20, 2008. He was born September 21, 1921 in rural Maiden Rock (Warrentown) to John and Vivian (Adams) Hoffman. He graduated from Maiden Rock High School and entered the U.S. Navy during WWII, with a rank of MMS 2/class.
Maurice was a member of Post 158, William. E. Geer American Legion in Maiden Rock. After his military discharge, he attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis for a short time, before begining his career with the railroad. First with the Milwaukee Road and later with the Soo Line. In 1949, he married Phyllis Schwensen. They made their home in Minneapolis and raised three children. After retiring in 1982 as a switchman for the Soo Line, the couple returned to Maurice's family home in Warrentown and cared for Phyllis' mother and three of their grandchildren. Maurice enjoyed music throughout his life and was often heard singing or whistling a tune as he worked around the home he was so proud of. He was an avid outdoorsman and never missed a chance to share his knowledge of bird identification, maple syruping techniques, how to drop a tree or where to look for morel mushrooms. He loved the Maiden Rock area and shared its history with many. In 2004, he moved to Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home, suffering from Alzhymers. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister, Laura Nolan, brothers, George, Clifford, H. Wayne, Robert and Russell. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Carla and Darrell Schuster of Maiden Rock; son, Loren Hoffman of McIntosh, MN; and daughter, Vicki Musech of Bloomington, MN; nine grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law; nieces and nephews. A special thank you to the staff at Heritage for ensuring to Maurice's safety and allowing him to maintain his dignity and enjoy moments through his adversity. A memorial visitation was held on Saturday, November 1, 2008 from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Maiden Rock. Private interment was in Maiden Rock Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.