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Valerie Hoffman

June 18, 2015

Life Sketch for Valerie Hoffman 



Valerie Joan Hoffman, 54, died on June 18, 2015 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.


Valerie was born on May 24, 1961 in Lyons, Kansas to Richard and Lois (Mason) Killingsworth. She was a graduate of Circle High School in Towanda.


Valerie married Lester Hoffman on November 21, 1981. They were married 33 years until her death.


Valerie was a retired truck driver and handy person. She was a painter, chain saw artist, family hostess and entertainer.  She loved to travel with Lester and her daughter Carey. She traveled extensively in the Caribbean, the United States, and a safari adventure in Africa.


She is survived by her husband: Lester Hoffman; daughter: Carey Hedrick and husband Nathan of Newton; step daughters: Gina Brown and Angela Daines; father and mother: Richard and Lois Killingsworth; brother: Terry Killingsworth; sisters: Jeanine Kreuzburg and Michelle Hulse; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one niece and three nephews.


She was preceded in death by a stepson: Lester David Hoffman.


A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 26, 2015 at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be on Thursday, June 25th, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Burial will follow the service at Walton Cemetery in Walton, Kansas.


A memorial has been set up for the American Diabetes Association in her honor.


Valerie had a heart of gold and gave of herself to anyone.  In 1989 and 1992 Valerie was treated for cancer. The treatments damaged her heart valves.

This May, she went to the Mayo Clinic to repair her heart valve damage.  The surgery was successful but there were complications which caused her death.

Valerie’s life touched many people and she will be remembered for her love and many talents. The family is saddened with her passing but they will have many enduring memories of her. Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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4 thoughts on “Valerie Hoffman

  1. We first met Joanie last fall when her and Les visited us here in Tallmansville WV. We enjoyed the brief couple of days they were here. We fell in love with her and that wonderful smile and a sense of humor that was never ending. We will certainly miss her.

    May God rest her soul, and peace be with Les and the entire family.

  2. To Les Hoffman and family. Joan and I were saddened to learn of Joanie’s passing. We enjoyed seeing you both last year after searching for you for years . Joanie was such a nice lady , a person we could relate to and most of all a very loving person who touched our lives as well as many others. She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her . Our prayers and love are with you and all of the Hoffman family. God Bless Joanie and God bless the Hoffman family . Vic and Joan Wilson

  3. To all of the lucky ones who called Joanie family, our hearts ache for you. As we reflect on the brief times we connected with Joanie at various family birthday events, it is stunning to think of her impact on others. We knew her as a sweet, smiling lady who brought joy to those around her with her genuine personality. I am truly sorry that I didn’t give her a hug in March when I knew that she was going for testing. I know her passing leaves a gaping hole in many hearts, may God find a way to give each of you solace in your time of grief. We were enriched by her presence here on earth, so much more enriched were you, her family. May God wrap you in his arms and hold you whenever you need comfort, I’m sure Joanie would if she could.
    Kavin & Linda

  4. My deepest and more sincere condolences for the loss of Valerie. May you find comfort and hope in God promises. ACTS 24:15

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