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December 7, 1925 — February 12, 2019

Edith Hoffman (nee Spletzer) was born on December 7th, 1925 in Essen, Germany to Angela and August Spletzer, and emigrated to Canada in 1928. The family settled first in Success, Saskatchewan. Eight years later they embarked on an arduous 350-mile journey by covered wagon to their new farm in Spruce Grove, Alberta. She met Ervin Hoffman while attending Edmonton’s Christian Training Institute. They were married in 1946 and farmed for several years in Brunkild, Manitoba before relocating to British Columbia in 1949.

Edith was an independently-minded woman well before it was the norm. She worked as a fruit packer at Kelowna’s Okanagan Packers for many years, managed her own finances, and got her driver’s license in 1957. An accomplished seamstress, she opened her own home-based business sewing fine draperies.

Musically talented, Edith played the violin, piano, accordion, and loved to sing. In her retirement she sang and toured with the Kelowna International Choir and played in the Trinity Handbell Choir.

Her faith and commitment to her church community were central pillars of her life.

Edith and Ervin were charter members of Trinity Baptist Church, where Edith served variously as the church secretary, president of the Women’s Missionary Guild, coordinator of the Scripture Memory program, and as a Sunday School teacher.

Edith and Ervin loved to gather extended family and friends together for a meal. Their doors were always open, and their epic Boxing Day brunches, where every table in the house was set end to end, were legendary.

Edith is survived by her sons Ernie (Dixie), Don (Sharon), and Bruce (Dean); grandchildren Daniel, Laura, Ethan, Lisa, and Christine; thirteen great grandchildren; her brother Ervin; and sister through marriage Adina.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to World Vision, Canada at www.donate.worldvision.ca.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for HOFFMAN, Edith (nee SPLETZER) is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250-860-7077

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  • Liz Parker says:

    My deepest condolences to my friend Bruce and to all family. I didn’t know Bruce’s mom but he is clearly a credit to Mrs. Hoffman. I’ll be thinking of the family and hugs to all.

  • Cathie Wilk and Danny Ackerman says:

    Sorry for your loss Sharon, Don and family.

  • Donnae Bell says:

    I never met Edith but I feel I got to know her through my friendship with her son, Bruce. Her musicality shines through him as does her fierce independence, commitment to his faith and strong ethical core. I am so appreciative that she gave us this wonderful man that I call friend. My deepest condolences to Edith’s family and friends on your loss of an extraordinary woman. Those who are remembered, live.

  • John and Joyce Braisher says:

    On their way to Manitoba your mom and dad often stopped at our place for a visit. We really appreciated their visits to us in Golden area. They are missed.

  • Melody & Jim Hughes says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this difficult time. I’m very pleased to have read about her most interesting life.

  • Dorothy Anderson says:

    I will miss Edith’s beautiful alto voice beside me in the International Choir.We also roomed together on the choir’s trips..She was a dedicated,hard working caring woman.My thoughts and prayers to her family

  • Vaughn & Marlene Bergstresser says:

    Dear Ernie, Don, Bruce and families,
    Marlene and I would like to express our sympathy on the loss of your Mom. It is difficult to lose a parent but we are comforted to have the assurance that we will meet again.
    Ernie and Dixie, we are so thankful that you brought your Mom to White Rock for that visit a few years ago. It’s a great memory!
    May God’s peace and comfort surround you all.
    Love, Vaughn & Marlene Bergstresser

  • Karen Sigurdson says:

    So sorry to hear of Edith’s passing. She was great to sing with in the Kelowna International Choir and we’ve missed her the last couple of years since she had to stop singing with us because of her health. My condolences to your family at this sad time. Here’s a picture of Edith singing with the choir from 2015.

  • Greg and Deb Lambert says:

    We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you Don and Sharon and family.

  • Dave and Pat Brown says:

    Our personal and most heartfelt codolences to you and all of your

  • Wendy Benoit says:

    I am sorry to hear of Edith’s passing. I had the pleasure of ringing handbells side by side with Edith for over twenty years before she retired from ringing. She was a strong, kind, and talented lady who was always willing to help. May your many lovely memories comfort and give you peace.

  • Lorn & Laura Bergstresser says:

    Well we remember the many visits of Edith and Ervine to our farm in Manitoba. Those were such good times. Ervine’s dry humour and Edith’s love for him (and his humour) are cherished memories. And, we also were the beneficiaries of huge meals at their address on Casorso Road. I remember sitting right next to Ervine on one of those occasions (Edith, of course, was back and forth to the kitchen to get yet another roast out of the oven). Ervine leaned over and whispered conspiratorily to me, “Lorn, help yourself to more meat.” “But I’ve already had two helpings!” Ervine … “But there’s more coming … Look there – Edith is returning with another roast pig.” Wonderful memories of two wonderful people who loved God and loved people.

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