Jeanne Hofland, age 77 of Chokio, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at the West Wind Village in Morris, MN, on Monday, March 30, 2020.
There will be a private funeral service for Jeanne and a private burial will take place at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Chokio, MN.
There will be a live stream of Jeanne’s service starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Go to Pedersen Funeral Home website scroll to the bottom of Jeanne’s page.. Expressions of sympathy during this time can be left on the condolences page available at Pedersen Funeral Home website. We also encourage you to view the video tribute that will be available. The funeral service will also be uploaded to Pedersen Funeral Home website if you are unable to attend the live stream. Check the funeral home website for the latest COVID-19 update.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Ronald McDonald House or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Jeanne Marie Hofland, daughter of Dominic and Genevieve O’Boyle, was born on October 4th, 1942, in Huron, South Dakota. At the age of 8 her father passed away. A few years later, Jeanne gained her second father when her mother married Earl Berg. She met the love of her life Neal Hofland in Huron,SD and the two were united in marriage in 1961. The couple moved to Chokio, MN, in 1963 where Neal started teaching. The two were blessed with four children, Beth, David, Lynn, and Amy.
Jeanne was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chokio. There she helped with funeral dinners and made the best egg salad with her good friends for the St. Mary’s church bazaar lunches. She also helped organize blood drives for the American Red Cross. She worked at Grossman’s Grocery, Nelson’s Grocery Store and Bev’s Superette. Jeanne also cooked at the Tri County Co-op in Chokio until her retirement.
Jeanne loved to work crossword puzzles. You could often find her at her chair working a puzzle with her weathered crossword dictionary next to her. She also had a gift of refinishing wood furniture, and her home was beautifully decorated with pieces she had redone. Jeanne was also very proud of her Irish heritage and St. Patrick’s Day was her favorite holiday.
Jeanne will be so missed by her family. She was the best wife, mom and grandma you could ask for. She always made sure we were comfortable, had enough to eat, and would do anything for any of us. Jeanne spoiled her grandchildren and always made sure they had a treat.
She and Neal had an amazing romance. They loved to dance and were often the first on the dance floor! They both took such good care of one another.
Jeanne is survived by her husband of 59 years: Neal Hofland of Chokio, MN; three daughters: Beth (Jim) Mahoney of Worthington, MN, Lynn (Jay) Nelson of Morris, MN, and Amy (Bill) Kehoe of Morris; one son: David (Jeanne) Hofland of Minneapolis, MN; eight grandchildren: Patrick (Jenalee) Mahoney, Megan (Nate) Copeland, Brittany (Paul) Preimesberger, Jenna (Spencer) Kidder, Tate Nelson, MacKenna Kehoe, Catherine Kehoe, Jack Kehoe; great-grandchildren: Natzali, Giani, Stella, Flynn, Claire, Jacey, Lyndan and Emersyn. one sister: Patricia Erlandson of St. Paul, MN; three sisters-in-law: Verona Hofland of Veblen, SD, Joanne (Roger) Hill of Veblen, SD, and Helen O’Boyle, Buckeye, AZ; one brother-in-law: Dean (Sharon) Hofland of Brookings, SD.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents: Dominic, Genevieve and Earl; her mother-in-law and father-in-law: Elmer and Jean Hofland; one brother: James O’Boyle; two brothers-in-law: Duane Hofland and James Erlandson; two great-grandchildren: Devin Duckstad and Genevieve Mahoney.
Arrangements are with Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN.