Bess Hoff

Bess A. Hoff, 97, of Fergus Falls, passed away July 23, 2017 at St. Therese of New Hope. 

 Services will be held Friday, July 28, at 2 p.m. at the Olson Funeral Home Chapel, 711 Pebble Lake Rd, Fergus Falls, with Reverend Kate Bruns officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery, Fergus Falls.

Arrangements are with the Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls.

Bess was born July 20, 1920 in Staples to Olaf and Stella (Williams) Johnson. She graduated from Staples High School and completed her training to be a teacher, Bess moved to the Fergus Falls area where she taught at the Aastad Country School. She married Milt on September 14, 1946, at Aastad Lutheran Church.

In addition to teaching, Bess held various bookkeeping and administrative roles in Perham, Fergus Falls and Bloomington. She was a charter member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Bloomington and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, participated in the church choir, wedding ring circle, Bible study, was a member of Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, Norwegian Choir, card clubs and Homemakers. She enjoyed reading, traveling, board games, walking, camping and gardening with her greatest joy being her family.

She is survived by one son, Tom (Karen) and one daughter, Mary (Mark) and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years; one brother, Elmer and two sisters Myrtle and Loretta.  

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