Violet Montana Hoffman


Violet Hoffman, 94, of Great Falls died on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. Mrs. Hoffman was born Violet Montana Jahn on Oct. 3, 1919, in Miles City to Wilhelm and Ann Schade Jahn. She graduated from Custer County High School in 1937. She loved to sing and was a regular soloist at her church in Miles City. 

On Sept. 19, 1938, she married Raymond “Al” Hoffman in Miles City and to this union three children, Georgia, Ray and Dave, were born. 

Mr. Hoffman worked for the Montana Department of Highways, which required them to live in many communities in eastern Montana. The family moved to Helena so Mr. Hoffman could receive medical treatment for a work related accident. Mrs. Hoffman worked for the State of Montana and retired in 1983. 

After retirement Mrs. Hoffman lived with her son, Dave, and helped raise his two children, Mike and Angie, who were the apples of her eye. 

Mrs. Hoffman was part of the “Greatest Generation” to which we owe so much. Life was not easy for her, but she dealt with it as it came, and was glad for what she had. Her family meant everything to her, especially her youngest son, Dave, and her daughter-in-law, Oralei.

Her survivors include sons, Ray (Oralei) Hoffman of Great Falls and Dave Hoffman of California; grandchildren, Amy Hoffman, Ty (JoanAne) Hoffman, Tim Hoffman, Mike Hoffman, Angie Hoffman, Teresa (Rudy) Tomich, Debbie Russell, Pam Reynolds and Christina Lawson; nieces, Mamie Fiers of Wolf Creek, Ruth Bohlman of Miles City and Violet Ann of California; nephew, Arthur Peaslee of Miles City; and many loving great-grandchildren, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Al; daughter, Georgia; two sisters, Alma Sanderson and Millie Bartsch; and one brother, Karl.

As Mrs. Hoffman requested, no services will be held and cremation has taken place. She will be interned at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Helena, next to her beloved husband and daughter, at a later date.