Michael ‘Mike’ R. Hofer of the Hutterian Brethren Colony of Leedale passed away peacefully on Monday, October 26, 2015 at the age of 62 years.
Mike was born on May 22, 1953 at the Pine Hill Colony, the youngest child of George and Annie Hofer. His family moved to the Leedale Colony in 1972. On January 27, 1980, Mike married his companion in love, Rosa Waldner of the Turin Colony. The Lord blessed them with five children. As a father and grandfather, Mike was wholeheartedly devoted to his family, cherishing his grandchildren as they brightened his darkest days. As a leader, he was a shining example of honesty and integrity, most often sealed with his sincere gaze into your eyes and his firm, genuine handshake. Many will remember his legacy by how he connected with and touched everyone he met, establishing many wonderful friendships. Mike was a man of quiet wisdom, burning out his life as a candle seeking the well-being of others. He took great pride and joy in his work and responsibilities as hog boss for 24 years, and farm manager for 14 years. He excelled in his calling and duties, and credited God for all his achievements. To God be the Glory! Four years ago, Mike was diagnosed with cancer; thereby, commenced a valiant and courageous battle for life with the unwavering help and support of his family, friends, and the colony. On early Monday morning, Mike passed over to the Heavenly side. He died a week after harvest was complete; having provided guidance and advice throughout, thus fulfilling his life’s work to the very end. Left to mourn and cherish his memory is his loving wife of 35 years, Rosa; and his five children: Dianne (Rueben) Stahl of Gildford, Montana; Walter (Mary) Hofer of Leedale; Albert (Hanna) Hofer of Leedale; Betty (Henry) Hofer of Leedale; and Julie (Joel) Hofer of Rosebud, Alberta; as well as seven treasured grandchildren: Tristan, Jaden, Aaron, Dorthea, Heidi, Logan, and Kady. His memory will also be lovingly cherished by his siblings: J. Annie of Bentley; George (Rachel) of Bentley; Paul (Barbara) of Leedale; G. Elizabeth of Cayley, Alberta; Rachel of Bentley; Susie (Jake) of Turin, Alberta; and Sara (Fred) of Cayley, Alberta; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews. Mike was predeceased by his parents, George and Annie Hofer; his grandson, Abraham; and his brothers-in-law, Jake of Bentley; and George of Cayley. Funeral Services were held at the Hutterian Brethren Church of Leedale on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Interment followed in the Hutterian Brethren Colony Cemetery. Condolences to the Hofer Family may be expressed by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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