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Helen W. Hoffman

June 16, 1920November 17, 2021
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Springfield, IL-Helen W. Hoffman, 101 and 5 months, of Concordia Village in Springfield, passed away Wednesday Nov. 17, 2021 at 6:00 pm at Springfield Memorial Hospital.

Helen was delivered into this world on June 16, 1920 by her father during a rain storm that prevented the midwife from delivering her. She was the daughter of Henry and Gertrude Gangelhoff of Kroschel, MN. She attended Kroschel Parochial School and later graduated from Hinckley High School. After high school, she worked as a maid and babysitter in Minneapolis for several different families. She later attended Hinckley Teachers Training Department, where she received a teaching certificate. Helen married Rev. Herman Hoffman on June 15, 1940 in Kroschel, MN.

Together, they spent the next 50 years serving the Lord in numerous small town parishes in the state of Minnesota. Helen was very active in all the communities in which they resided. She was instrumental in obtaining a grant from the state of Minnesota to improve the park in Hoffman, MN as part of the Garden Club. She was a member and President of all Ladies Aid groups in every community where they lived. She worked as a cook for 15 years, collectively, in the nursing home in Hoffman, MN, Boarding care home in Bertha, MN and a nursing home in Wadena, MN.

She enjoyed sewing and quilting and belonged to several quilting groups. When she and her husband moved to Springfield, she started the Lutheran World Relief Quilting project at Trinity Lutheran Church, which has over the years, sewn and sent out over 2,000 quilts to various third world countries. To further her passion for sewing, she was responsible, on her own, for sewing over 350 pillow case dresses which were also sent to third world countries.

Helen spent 30 years as a docent at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield and was interviewed by Dave Baake for the State Journal Register on her experiences while volunteering there.

She was preceded in death by her husband Rev. Herman Hoffman, March 5, 1995, her parents, two brothers; Henry (Hank) and Leonard Gangelhoff and a granddaughter, Donna Marie Hoffman. Surviving are her six children: Judith (Pedro) Molina, Rebecca (Ron) Senkus, Mark (Marion) Hoffman, Rachel Crushshon, Susan (Ross Baggenstoss) Hoffman and Sara (Casey) Jones. Also surviving are her grandchildren: Michele Ellinghausen, Martin Molina, Matthew Molina, Melissa Alexander, Helana Crushshon, Brent Hoffman, Heidi Ritchie, Kristina Christiansen, Nativa Brandt, honorary grandchildren: Amy Norman, Laurel Hawkins, John Hawkins and Michael Hawkins, as well as her 11 great grandchildren, her sister, Bernice Bergseth and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Hoffman family will greet family and friends at Bisch Funeral Home West 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd. Springfield, IL from 3:30 -6:00 pm Monday, November 29, 2021. Additional visitation will be from 10:00 am Tuesday, November 30, 2021 until the time of her funeral service at 11:00 am at the funeral home. Rev. Paul Hemenway will officiate. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorial contributions to Trinity Lutheran Church 220 S. 2nd St. Springfield, IL 62701 or Lutheran Island Camp 45011, 230th St. Henning MN 56511. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.


  • Henry Gangelhoff, Father (deceased)
  • Gertrude Rose Gangelhoff, Mother (deceased)
  • Rev. Herman Hoffman, Husband (deceased)
  • Judith Molina (Pedro), Daughter
  • Rebecca Senkus (Ron), Daughter
  • Mark Hoffman (Marion), Son
  • Rachel Crushshon, Daughter
  • Susan Hoffman (Ross Baggenstoss), Daughter
  • Sara Jones (Casey), Daughter
  • Bernice Bergseth, Sister
  • Henry Gangelhoff Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • Leonard Gangelhoff, Brother (deceased)
  • There are nine grandchildren: Michele, Martin, Matthew, Melissa, Helana, Brent, Heidi Kristina and Nativa. Honorary grandchildren: Amy, Laurel, John and Michael, and 11 great grandchildren.

  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Lutheran Island Camp


  • Visitation

    Monday, November 29, 2021

  • Additional Visitation

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021


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Julie Lamb

November 28, 2021

I worked with Helen in the kitchen at the nursing home in Wadena Mn as a teenager. We wrote letters back and forth over all these years when she moved to Springfield. I am now a 60 yr old grandma but I’ve always considered Helen my friend. She was a truly caring person. My deepest sympathies to the family and God Bless the memories of Helen.

Bill Schroeder

November 22, 2021

I can best describe Helen as a person who knew where the lines were and she wasn't afraid to let someone know when the lines were crossed. But, she also was willing to step across the line to bring God's grace to the transgressors. When I arrived in Spfld., Helen and I almost immediately tangled over how I did evangelism. I quickly discovered that she was a force to be reckoned with. (Yes, understatement; I know). Yet when we worked it through, I discovered also that she was a wonderful friend to have. And more than a friend. Sorry, Hoffman kids; you've got another brother. She became a mother to me. Yet without the checkered past of youthful transgressions. It was the joy of an adult relationship with one's parent; honest talk about issues- work and personal- resulting in a sympathetic ear and sound advice. [Which is more than can be said for my relationship with my Hoffman siblings. Right, Susan? Shooting squirt guns at a pastor as he is faithfully performing his duties. Really?]

Donna & Bob Nichols

November 22, 2021

We didn't know Helen until she moved to Concordia Village and she was in her later years. We fly our US flag outside by our patio everyday unless we are away on a trip. Well, Helen would see us and ask where is your flag. She was not happy if that flag was not flying. We enjoyed that she noticed and tried to always make sure we had it out when we were at home.

Chet Bartlett

November 21, 2021

Heaven has gained another Angel, such a sweet and tender soul, may she rest in peace with our Heavenly Father. My sincere condolences to all of her family.

Pamela McCormick

November 20, 2021

I remember when I and a couple of friends along with Rebecca had a garage sale on Elliott and we used Mrs. Hoffman's garage. She went through all of our items and told us we weren't pricing them high enough. She was a real sharp cookie and very sweet person. I also remember when she and Rebecca came to comfort me the night my husband, Bob, died. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Nina Fuss

November 20, 2021

We met this little red headed lady out at cooks one afternoon and for the next several years we had a portion at the table. Then at Christmas time we were always over for a lot of cookies. Such a nice lady And she is now in God's hand.