Jean Rusley Hofbauer
Jean Rusley Hofbauer, 90, Andover, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 at The Interlude Transitional Care, Fridley, Minn. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Buffalo Center. Visitation will take place Friday, Aug. 23, from 5-7 p.m. at the church. Interment will be held at Olena Mound Cemetery, Buffalo Center. Miller Funeral Home, Fridley, Minn., is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Jean and Alvin Hofbauer Scholarship Fund at North Iowa Community School.
Jean was born Dec. 2, 1928 in Joice, the daughter of Truman and Alma (Hylbak) Rusley. She attended grade school at Mt. Valley and graduated from Lake Mills High School in 1946. Jean then attended Luther College, Decorah, and received her teaching degree. She taught for nine years in Lakota.
She married Alvin L. Hofbauer, June 18, 1950 at Winnebago Lutheran Church, rural Lake Mills. They began farming in 1950, south of Buffalo Center.
After retirement, they enjoyed spending their winters in Texas and later in Yuma, Ariz.
Jean loved to read and entertain friends and family. In her early years, she was president of Music Mothers; vice president and president of Ladies Aid; Luther League sponsor; spent many years teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School; member of Friendly Club; and participated in the Ladies Bowling League called Babock Bessies.
She is survived by three daughters: Susan K. Hora and husband, Marvin, Coon Rapids, Minn.; Laurel J. Blanshan and husband, Douglas, Anoka, Minn.; and Beth Ann H. Borseth and husband, Daniel, Aitkin, Minn.; six grandchildren: Kristin J. (Hora) Beach and husband, Jed; Janna S. (Hora) Loeffler and husband, Court; Jacob A. Redepenning; Jonathan L. Houser and wife, Elizabeth; Joseph L. Houser and wife, Shae; and Maggie R. Borseth; seven great-grandchildren: Evan D. Redepenning, Owen A. Redepenning, Maxwell H. Beach, Bentley L. Houser, Emalyn R. Houser, Quinnodlyn M. Houser, and Parker J. Houser; sister, Carol Ann Miller; brother, Myron Rusley and wife, Kathy; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; and her parents.