Lavina M. Hofer
Lavina M. (Kehoe) Hofer, 85, of Menominee, Mi., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Bay Area Medical Center with family by her side.
Born April 29, 1931 in Menominee, to the late John and Lucille (Schleihs) Kehoe, she graduated from Menominee High School in 1949 and was an active member of the class reunion committee.
In high school she loved orchestra, football games and hanging out at Garbells. She met her husband Fred in her senior year and they married in 1951.
She worked as a beautician, a wife and a mother, but her true calling was giving back to the community. Committed to Menominee school system, she was an officer of the local, regional and state PTAs, host chair of two state PTA conventions in Menominee, three-time housing chair for the UP Community School winter games, chair for many school millage campaigns, a high school cheerleader advisor and a host family for three students from the AFS Foreign Exchange program.
She served as president of the Menominee Chamber Woman's Division, Menominee Woman's Club and the DAR Boys and Girls Club, was chair of United Way, Welcome Wagon Hostess, Spies Public Library board member and founder of the Menominee Lioness Club.
She also served as an elder, deacon and superintendent of the Christian Education program in the First Presbyterian Church of Menominee. Her basement was used for 44 years for the Hofer Ping Pong Tournament.
She was recognized with the UP Community Education Frank J. Manley Award, MEA Layperson of the Year, Menominee Herald-Leader Community Service Award, American Legion Recognition for Service, WAGN Community Rose Award, DAR Boys and Girls Club Woman and Boy Award, MEA Apple of Our Eye Award, the WAGN Distinguished Services Award and in 1996 was presented with the 1996 Michigan Governor's Lifetime Achievement in Community Service by Governor John Engler. In 1994 her first granddaughter Kim interviewed her for "Menominee Remembered.'
She is survived by seven sons, John (Mary), Fred Jr. (Sue), Jim (Kelly), Tom, Chris (Maggie), Sam (Debbie) and Tony (Lynn), all from Menominee; three foreign exchange "sons', Claude Martin (France), Mohammed Kasukari (Kenya), and Louis Feliz y Feliz (Dominican Republic); 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Jim; a brother- in-law, Don (Doris) Hofer and sisters-in-law, Eleanore "Boots" Giese, Regis Hofer and Alice Mae Hellermann.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; a brother, Jack (Margaret) Kehoe; brothers-in-law William, Dean Fessenden, Louie Hellermann, Richard "Gizzle" Hofer, Glen Roy "Roundy" Hofer and Robert "Spider" Hofer and sisters-in-law, Doris Fessenden, Nancy Hofer and Alice Hofer.
Visitation was held at First Presbyterian Church in Menominee on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 2 p.m. until time of a funeral service at 4 p.m. Pastor Jon Nelson officiated, followed by a luncheon at the church. Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home of Menominee assisted the family with arrangements. Memorials can be made in her name to help support community organizations and efforts important to her and her family.
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