Kimberly A. Hoffman


A Mass of Christian Burial for Kim A. Hoffman of Graettinger was held Saturday, Nov. 26, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger. The Rev. Bill Schreiber was the officiant.
Interment was in St. Jacob Cemetery, Graettinger. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.
The family requests consideration of donations to Graettinger Community Visioning or Graettinger/Terril Schools for books for children. Kim very much enjoyed being a member of the community of Graettinger and was a huge supporter of education.
Kimberly Ann Sikora Hoffman was born on June 24, 1970 in Emmetsburg, to Kenneth and Margaret (Brennan) Sikora.
Kim received her education at Emmetsburg Catholic grade school and graduated from Emmetsburg High School in 1989. In the fall of 1989, she embarked on a four-year journey with her sister, Tam, and the girls of 4th-floor Corbey Hall at Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education in 1993.
On Nov. 26, 1993, Kim married her lifelong love, Duane (Dewey) Hoffman at Assumption Catholic Church in Emmetsburg, followed by a honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas. Kim and Dewey began their married life on their farm four miles east of Graettinger. They welcomed their daughter, Brooke Ann, in 1995, followed by their sons Tyler Lawrence in 1997 and Lucas Lawrence in 2000, and with the birth of Mackenzie Ann in 2004, their family was complete.
She began her teaching career at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School in West Bend, teaching combination 3rd/4th grade. She later taught 4th grade at Emmetsburg Catholic School until 2000 when their third child, Lucas, was born. She made the decision to work with Dewey full-time at their grain and livestock farming operation. Kim attended to many tasks as a farm wife: keeping the books, paying bills, managing payroll and taxes, preparing and delivering meals, driving the combine, hauling grain, making repair/replacement part runs, being the mediator for Dewey and the hired farm workers, and most importantly, bringing and keeping her family together for holidays, weddings, graduations, and family events.
Throughout her life, community service was a predominant crusade for Kim, serving on the Farm Service Agency Board, the Palo Alto County 4-H Foundation Board, the Palo Alto County Gaming Board, and the Graettinger Library Board. At Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Kim substituted as a teacher for religious education classes; she counted collection money; and she served as a lector and a circle chairperson for parish events.
In addition to service to church and community, Kim participated in many activities that allowed her to be with friends, family, and community members. Kim substitute taught at schools in Graettinger and Emmetsburg, spent many summer hours on her flower and vegetable gardens, cooked and baked for her family and any event that needed quality treats. She loved to relax and savor a good hot cup of coffee, but often discovered her coffee cup in the microwave at the end of the day. Biking, walking, and working out with her kids, siblings, and friends was treasured time to be together. Growing up on a farm and then living the farm life was a logical progression for Kim. She was a true animal lover, milking cows, feeding hogs and chickens, and caring for the cats and dogs as a kid. She later helped her kids with their 4-H cattle, raised chickens, and loved her Labrador dogs. Scrapbooking with friends was a way to create treasured family memories, and making it into an annual Girls Winter Weekend trip to Minnesota was a bonus.
Kim was a seasoned shopper, and while she tried to keep things local, she was known for her legendary shopping lists for when she was able to squeeze in a trip to Omaha, Sioux Falls, or Mankato. She always strived to be “on agenda” and crossed off items, making sure that everyone in her family had what they needed.
Kim and Dewey enjoyed several memorable vacations when they could sneak away from the farm for a short while. Trips to Cancún, Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas, Washington, D.C., the Black Hills, Hilton Head, Las Vegas, and Lake Havasu were cherished opportunities. Jamaica with the whole family was a highlight trip of a lifetime.
Kim cared genuinely for others and their families and lives. She was a talker who could converse with anyone who had the time. She would do anything for her family and thought of others far more than herself. She supported her husband and guided her kids in everything they did. She did not waste a minute... she put on her makeup in the car on the way to church each Sunday!
Kim was kind, gentle, loving, giving, patient, caring, devoted, thoughtful, and calming. She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her, especially her family.
Kim passed away at the age of 52 on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. She was preceded in death by mother, Margaret (Brennan) Sikora, her Godparents Simon and Pat Sikora, and her grandparents, Adrian and Margaret (Noonan) Brennan and Joseph and Teresa (Weber) Sikora.
She is survived by her husband of almost 29 years, Duane Hoffman of Graettinger; children Brooke (Mitch) Girres, Tyler (Tessa) Hoffman, Lucas Hoffman, and Mackenzie Hoffman, all of Graettinger; her father Kenneth Sikora of Cylinder; twin sister, Tamara (Hugh) O’Grady of Omaha, NE; brother, Myron Sikora of Omaha, NE; parents-in-law, Larry and Elaine Hoffman of Graettinger; sister- and brothers-in-law Susan (Ron) Sikora of Ruthven, Dave Hoffman of Clear Lake, and Loren (Jen) Hoffman of Mount Vernon; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, classmates, neighbors, and friends.
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