Ruth Hoffmann, 98, of Oostburg, died peacefully Wednesday morning, Nov. 20, 2013, at Pine Haven Christian Residential Home in Oostburg where she had resided for the past two years.

Ruth was born Jan. 13, 1915, in the town of Lyndon, the daughter of the late William and Henrietta (Mentink) Scholten. She attended Hingham School.

On Nov. 9, 1936, she married Elmer Hoffmann in Hingham. Elmer preceded her in death Aug. 30, 1980, following 43 years of marriage.

Ruth was a devoted homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in the town of Lima for many years.

Ruth was a member of First Reformed Church in Oostburg where she was active in the Women’s Guild, Young at Heart, and the bereavement committee. She was also a member of the Gibbsville Homemaker Club.

Ruth enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, cooking, crocheting, and sewing. She and her sister-in-law, Edith Beisser, traveled to Germany to visit a nephew.

Ruth is survived by a daughter, LaRae (John) VanderPlas of Green Lake; three sons, Wendell (Bev), Jack (Mary) and Darrell (Judy) Hoffmann, all of Oostburg; 14 grandchildren, Dean (Mary) Vander- Plas, Deanna (Steve) Benish, Danelle (Steve) Phillips, Wendy (Ron) DenBoer, Boyd (Laura) Hoffmann, Tammy (Doug) Brusse, Brett (Laura) Hoffmann, Julie (Dan) Sonnentag, Nancy (Dan) Smits, Joel (Kass) Hoffmann, Kris (Tom) De- Bruine, Karen (Kyle) Heuver, Jon (Erin) Hoffmann and Nathan (Sara) Hoffmann; 35 great-grandchildren; and two greatgreat granddaughters.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; a grandson, Timothy Hoffmann; and three sisters, Esther (Clarence) Lokker, Bernice (Andrew) Neerhof and Joyce (LeRoy) Reiter.

A funeral to celebrate Ruth’s life took place at the First Reformed Church in Oostburg on Monday morning, Nov. 25, with the Rev. Brian Taylor officiating. Burial took place at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in the town of Wilson.

Online condolences and additional information may be found at

A memorial fund is being established in her memory for Pine Haven Christian Home and First Reformed Church.

The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg (920-564-2771) is serving the Hoffmann family.

The Hoffmann family would like to express their deep appreciation to the staffs at Pine Haven Residential Home in Oostburg and Hospice Advantage for the loving and dedicated care given to Ruth and their family.

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