Verona was born April 17, 1923 in Uniontown, WA to Mark P. and Amelia (Schumacher) Cole. She grew up in the Thorn Creek area and started school at the Lower Thorn Creek Country School, then went to Genesee High School where she graduated as Salutatorian in 1941. She attended the University of Idaho for a time then went to Washington, DC to work for the War Department.
She and Arthur A. Hoffman were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow on December 7, 1943. They moved to the farm on Thorn Ccreek Road where they lived, loved and worked all of their lives. They raised wheat, peas, barley and beans, a large vegetable and fruit garden and “kids”. Verona was an active 4-H Leader of the Busy Fingers 4-H Club and was recognized for her 25 years of service. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and altar society on Thorn Creek Road until the church was closed. She was the perfect “farmer’s wife”, driving truck, cooking for harvest crews, canning and freezing the bounty, and was an accomplished seamstress. She was well-known for her many pies.
Mr. Hoffman died in March of 1992. She is survived by her children, Connie (Greg, deceased) Haslett of Portland, OR, Sharon (Bill) Snow of Orofino, Barbara (George) Comstock of Clarkston, Debra (Dennis, deceased) Kimberling of Coeur d’Alene, Alan Hoffman of Moscow, and Melvin (Bev) Hoffman of Lewiston. She also leaves 16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews..
In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, David in 2006, two brothers, Lawrence and Franklin Cole, and two sisters, Evelyn Cole and Dorothy Graves.
A rosary will be recited at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 27th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow. The Funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 A.M. A luncheon and time of fellowship will follow at St. Mary’s Family Center. The graveside service will be at 2:00 P.M. at Normal Hill Cemetery in Lewiston.
The family suggests memorials be made to the David Lee Hoffman Scholarship Fund at the University of Idaho or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.