Victor C. Hofmeister

MANKATO – Victor C. Hofmeister, age 86, of Mankato, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at Monarch Meadows in North Mankato after a courageous battle with cancer.

A Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of life will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Mankato, with Rev. Tim Biren officiating. Interment will be in New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Mankato Mortuary, with a 4:45 p.m. Prayer Service. Visitation continues one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

Victor Carl was born June 12, 1927, at his parents’ home in New Ulm to Alfons and Bertha (Hogan) Hofmeister. He grew up and went to school in the New Ulm and Brown County area along with three brothers and two sisters. Victor worked alongside his siblings on the family farm until the age of 21. After that, he worked at several New Ulm area businesses including Del Monte, Haunstein Brewery, and George Bauer Home Builders.

In September 1950, Victor was among the first group of eight young Brown County men to be drafted into the U.S. Army for service in Korea. Shortly after his induction, Victor was accidentally struck by a vehicle while on base. Doctors questioned whether he would ever walk again but a broken arm and fractured leg were not enough to keep him down. Victor spent six months in an Army hospital recovering from his injuries. When the doctors finally released him from the hospital he was back on his feet. The Army recognized his courage and determination be sending him on a cruise – to Korea, where he completed his two years of service on active duty. He was honorably discharged in September 1952.

Victor met Marilou Wolfe at the Kato Ballroom in Mankato in 1949 where they danced to the “Blue Skirt Waltz.” They were engaged shortly before Victor’s induction into the service and were married after his discharge at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Mankato on April 8, 1953. They made their first home in New Ulm.

After his discharge Victor worked for a time with George Bauer Construction. The stress of the job aggravated the residual impacts of his arm and leg injuries. He left full time construction work to take a job with The New Ulm Grocery Company working in the warehouse and doing deliveries.

He continued to work as a carpenter in his spare time and in 1959 he returned to construction on a full time basis. Throughout the 1960’s he worked for several construction companies on a variety of major projects, mostly in the Mankato area. In 1965, Victor and Marilou moved their young family, a daughter and two sons, to Mankato. An additional daughter and son were born in Mankato in the early 1970s.

In the early 1970s, Victor formed his own construction company and built his reputation for quality work doing home improvements, additions, major remodeling and new home construction.

When he wasn’t at a job site he could typically be found in his shop, his “sanctuary.” There he would build furniture or cabinets, make wooden toys and puzzles, or fix some item that otherwise would have been discarded. Neighbors and friends would often drop by to chat.

Victor was a long time member of a number or organizations including the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Catholic Order or Foresters.

Victor is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marilou Gertrude of Mankato; four children, Roger Hofmeister of Tampa, FL, Duane Hofmeister of Mankato, Heidi (Colin) Evers of Brookings, SD, and Brian (Rebecca) Hofmeister of Maple Grove; five grandchildren, Shayna Hofmeister of Chicago, IL, Connor, Logan, and Rylan Evers of Brookings, SD, and Stella Hofmeister of Maple Grove; his siblings, Harry Hofmeister, Norman Hofmeister, and LaVerne Schapekahm all of New Ulm; several in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.

Victor was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Debra Hofmeister and infant son, Paul Hofmeister; siblings, Wallace Hofmeister and Adeline Lindberg; sisters-in-law, Lydia (Norman) Hofmeister and Lucille (Walter) Lang; brothers-in-law, Charles Baynes and Wally Schapekahm; and parents-in-law; Theodore Wolfe, Sr., Clara (Hiniker) Wolfe and Edna (Guentzel) Wolfe; and several nieces and nephews.

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