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Emily M. Hoff, 85

Funeral services for EMILY M. HOFF, 85, will be held on Tuesday, at 10:30am March 26, 2013 at Our Savior Lutheran Church with Rev. Scott Firminhac officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. Visitation hours will be held on Monday at the Colyer Funeral Home from 3 to 7pm. The casket will be closed at the church. Emily died on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Torrington Community Hospital. Those who wish may direct memorial contributions to Our Savior Lutheran Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home and friends are invited to send condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com

Emily was born on May 2, 1927 in Ashton, Nebraska the daughter of William and Emma (Obermiller) Knoepfel. Emily was the youngest of 8 children, and her mother passed away when Emily was only 11 days old. Emily's Aunt Sophie and Uncle George Glinsmann took her in only for her Aunt Sophie to pass away when Emily was nearly 2 years old. She then remained with the aunt and uncle's family until she turned 9 at which time their daughter, Ella married Alfred Scherzberg and they then lovingly raised Emily from that time. In 1938 the family moved from Sherman County Nebraska to Scotts Bluff County where they settled on a farm near Mitchell. It was there that Emily completed 8 years of school in a little one-room rural school; then graduated from Mitchell High School in 1944.

Emily married Roger Hoff on August 24, 1951 in Torrington while he was on a "Delay in Route" to Korea with the US Army. After Roger's return from Korea, the couple lived in Colorado Springs and Junction City, Kansas until his tour of duty was complete. They then moved to Torrington, Wyoming in 1953 where Roger worked for Bloedorn Lumber Co, R & M Lumber Co. and later on for the City of Torrington. Emily served as the Timekeeper and later as Secretary-Treasurer of the Pathfinder Irrigation District for 7 years following her high school graduation. Then while raising her family, she worked at various part time jobs including Holly Sugar Offices, the County Treasurers Office, Goshen County Public Health Office and later served as Case Manager at the on-set of the Community Based Adult "In Home" Care Program. Emily also drove school bus for 33 years, retiring in 2010.

She was a life long member of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church where she served as Sunday School Teacher and was a member of the Altar Guild and the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. Emily belonged to the Goshen County Chapter of Wyoming Historical Society, and she served 2 terms in the Wyoming State Silver Haired Legislature.

Emily is survived by her fours sons and daughters-in-law, Timothy and Clarice of Laramie, Wyoming; Tyler and Tracy of Eagle, Colorado; Todd and Robin, and Justin and Nici all of Torrington; her grandchildren, Miranda (Joe) Sorenson, Caitlin, Travis, Zoe, Gage, Kelli and Katie Hoff; one great grandchild, Evelyn Jo; a sister Leona Flavin of San Diego, California; and Briley James for whom Emily and Roger were Baptismal Sponsors. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Ella Scherzberg; her husband, Roger; four brothers, Albert, Arthur, and Henry Knoepfel and Paul Scherzberg; and three sisters, Anna, Alma and Lilly Ritz

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