By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
Delores Hoffman will be the 2013 recipient of the Golden Deeds Award, presented by the Exchange Club in Little Falls. The Club annually bestows the award on who it feels are outstanding community members who serve the community quietly and without recognition. This will be the 42nd award given by the Little Falls Club.
“I learned about the award when my son Pete Boser called me,” Hoffman said. “He learned about it from his neighbor, Dave McChesney, who is an Exchange Club member. He remembers me from when I was a foster grandparent in his class.”
Hoffman, 85, has an impressive list of volunteering services she has performed over the years. In the 1950s, she completed her Red Cross classes in home nursing skills. From 1960 – 1995, she helped the elderly with laundry, meal preparation, hair cutting and taking them to doctor’s appointments and shopping.
Beginning in 1963, Hoffman was a member of the Christian Mothers. For two years, she was the group’s president through St. John’s Church in Lastrup. From 1980 – 2000, Hoffman was the activities coordinator for the Christian Mothers at St. Joseph’s Church in Pierz.
From 1970 – 2005, Hoffman was the religious education teacher in Lastrup, Harding, Buckman, Pierz, Alexandria, Lake Nemo and Little Falls. She also conducted Bible study sessions.
For 10 years, beginning in 1985, Hoffman was the Deanery Council of Catholic Women’s president and later the Diocesean president, travelling to conferences throughout the United States, representing the 144 parishes of the St. Cloud Diocese.
For 20 years, she was the eucharistic minister at both St. John’s Church in Lastrup and St. Joseph’s Church in Pierz. She would also bring holy communion to those who were homebound.
Since 1980, Hoffman has presented palm weaving workshops and retreats throughout the community and the state. She earned the title of All-State Palm Weaver in 1995.
Beginning in 1985, Hoffman led bone-building exercise classes three times a week in Pierz and until 2010, she led weekly senior stretch classes at the Pierz Villa, Harmony House and Alverna Apartments.
Until 2004, Hoffman led monthly sing-alongs at the Pierz Villa and Harmony House and also organized monthly red hat parties.
Beginning in 1990, Hoffman was a foster grandparent to students in Pierz, Alexandria and Little Falls. She committed 15 – 20 hours a week assisting children in reading, math and computer skills for nearly 17 years.
In 2006, she was named the Outstanding Senior Citizen of Morrison County. Since 2008, she has been a bingo caller for veterans and seniors and since 1980, she has led quiltmaking gatherings which has resulted in hundreds of quilt donations.
At Highland Place in Little Falls, she still organizes weekly adoration and monthly birthday party gatherings.
Hoffman was raised in Buckman, the daughter of Leo and Elizabeth Voigt. She finished country school at 14 and then went to work. She married Peter Boser, a farmer, when she was 21 and the two lived in Lastrup. Peter passed away in 1978 and Delores married Victor Hoffman, another farmer, in 1984.
“I was not a farmer,” she said, “so I worked out of the house. When married to Peter, I worked at Gruber’s Market in Genola in the dry goods department. Then I went to work at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in the laundry. When second husband Victor came to the hospital one time and saw me working the mangle (huge ironer), he told me to quit. He said it was too hard for me. So I did.”
Hoffman said she has kept on volunteering because she loves people and loves helping them. She also said she feels money is unimportant.
“My faith has a lot to do with my volunteering,” she said. Her continuous giving of herself seems to inspire others to do the same.
Hoffman will receive her award from the Exchange Club Thursday at the Little Falls Ballroom.