Obit: Alma H. Hoffman

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

Alma H. Hoffman, 91, of Munich, N.D., passed away on Friday, August 9, 2013 at the Heartland Care Center, Devils Lake, ND.

Funeral services for Alma will be held on Tuesday, August 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Salem Bible Church, Munich,  with Pastor Michael Jarrett officiating and burial in the South Salem Cemetery, rural Munich. Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Monday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a time of remembrance and sharing at 7 p.m.  Jason Unruh will lead the evening service.  Visitation on Tuesday will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.

Serving as casket  bearers for Alma will be Tory Haugland, Justin Sampson, Tyler Hoffman, Matthew Hoffman, Norman Janzen, Jerry Janzen, Dalton Hoffman and Alex Kurtz.  Honorary casket Bearers will be all of Alma?s grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Special music will be provided by Joni Haugland and Jodi Kurtz, a Men’s Quartet and Women’s Trio.

Alma Helen, daughter of Cornelis W. ?C.W.? and Helen (Neufeld) Janzen was born on December 24, 1921 on the family homestead in Gordon Township, Cavalier County, rural Alsen, N.D.  Alma attended grade school at Alsen and graduated from Alsen High School.  After graduating, Alma attended the Trinity Hospital School of Nursing in Minot, N.D. and graduated as a Registered Nurse with the class of 1944. She worked at Trinity Hospital until her marriage.

Alma was united in marriage to her beloved Archie J. Hoffman on October 28, 1944 at Munich.  While Archie was stationed in Oklahoma with the Navy, Alma nursed at the Wesley Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla. until the birth of their first child.  When Archie was discharged, the family moved back to North Dakota and began farming, ranching and raising their family at rural Munich.

In 1968, Alma took a Nursing Refresher Course and then in January of 1969 she began nursing on the medical floor at Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake. This passion for those who needed her care, kindness, medical expertise and compassion continued through the years.  Alma retired in October of 1987 so she and Archie could spend their winters in Arizona.  Alma was always a true farmer’s wife. She milked the cows, herded the cattle, kept a diary of the crops planted and harvested and daily weather condition of the growing season.  She was the dedicated helping hand on the farm until just a few years ago.

Alma was a life-time member of the Salem Church in Munich and a faithful member of the Be Ye Doers of the church.

 Alma loved nursing and caring for her patients.  She was a devoted, wife, mother and grandmother and a woman of strong faith. She was very proud of her granddaughters and great granddaughter who went in to the nursing profession.

She loved to crochet afghans and make patchwork quilts for herself and family.  She also loved to do crossword puzzles.

Alma is survived by her loving family; her children, Diana (Wayne) Haugland of Hampden, N.D., Marilyn Sampson of Mesa, Ariz., Rodney (Doreen) Hoffman and Delwyn  (Maria) Hoffman all of Munich: 15 grandchildren, Tory (Barb) Haugland, Devils Lake, Jodi (Richard) Kurtz, St. Michael, N.D., Joni Haugland, Devils Lake, Tanya Haugland, Duluth, Minn., Trisa (Jason) Unruh, Mina, S.D., Janna (Andrew) Haider, Munich, Melissa Hoffman, Devils Lake, Kristeen (Cale) Monson, Hoople, N.D., Karleen (Evan) Estenson, Munich, Tyler Hoffman, Munich, Lori (Corey) Evans, Mesa, Ariz., Justin (Nachelle) Sampson, Apache  Junction, Ariz., Jennifer (Clifton) Berry, Mesa, Matthew (Stephanie) Hoffman, Grand Forks, N.D. and Ashley Hoffman, Bismarck, N.D.; 25 great grandchildren; and six great great grandchildren;  many nieces and nephews and their families.

 Alma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Archie on March 1, 2000; son-in-law, Duane Sampson and sister, Laura Janzen.

 Friends may sign the online register book and share memories of Alma at

Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, is in charge of arrangements.