Helen W. Hoffman, 101 and 5 months, of Concordia Village, Springfield, Illinois, passed away Nov. 17, 2021, at Springfield Memorial Hospital.  

Helen was delivered into this world June 16, 1920, by her father during a rainstorm that prevented the midwife from delivering her. She was the daughter of Henry and Gertrude Gangelhoff of Kroschel. She attended Kroschel Parochial School and later graduated from Hinckley High School. After high school, she worked as a maid and babysitter in Minneapolis for several families. She later attended Hinckley Teachers Training Department, where she received a teaching certificate. Helen married the Rev. Herman Hoffman June 15, 1940, in Kroschel.

Together, they spent the next 50 years serving the Lord in numerous small town parishes in Minnesota. Helen was very active in all the communities in which they resided. She was instrumental in obtaining a grant from the state of Minnesota to improve the park in Hoffman as part of the Garden Club. She was a member and president of all Ladies Aid groups in every community where they lived.  She worked as a cook for 15 years, collectively, at the nursing home in Hoffman, boarding care home in Bertha and a nursing home in Wadena.  

She enjoyed sewing and quilting and belonged to several quilting groups. When she and her husband moved to Springfield, she started the Lutheran World Relief Quilting project at Trinity Lutheran Church, which, over the years, has sewn and sent out over 2,000 quilts to various Third World countries. To further her passion for sewing, she was responsible, on her own, for sewing over 350 pillow case dresses which were also sent to Third World countries. 

Helen spent 30 years as a docent at the governor’s mansion in Springfield and was interviewed by Dave Baake for the State Journal Register on her experiences while volunteering there. 

She was preceded in death by her husband the Rev. Herman Hoffman, March 5, 1995; her parents; two brothers Henry (Hank) and Leonard Gangelhoff; and granddaughter Donna Marie Hoffman.  

Surviving are her six children, Judith (Pedro) Molina, Rebecca (Ron) Senkus, Mark (Marion) Hoffman, Rachel Crushshon, Susan (Ross Baggenstoss) Hoffman and Sara (Casey) Jones; grandchildren Michele Ellinghausen, Martin Molina, Matthew Molina, Melissa Alexander, Helana Crushshon, Brent Hoffman, Heidi Ritchie, Kristina Christiansen and Nativa Brandt; honorary grandchildren Amy Norman, Laurel Hawkins, John Hawkins and Michael Hawkins; 11 great-grandchildren; her sister, Bernice Bergseth; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  

The Hoffman family will greet family and friends at Bisch Funeral Home, West 2931 S. Koke Mill Road Springfield, from 3:30-6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29, and starting at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30, until the time of her funeral service at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Paul Hemenway will officiate. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Minneapolis, at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorial contributions to Trinity Lutheran Church 220 S. Second St. Springfield, IL 62701 or Lutheran Island Camp 45011, 230th St. Henning, MN 56511. 

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.