Elvira "Vi" Moser
Elvira "Vi" Moser passed away peacefully at Crossroads Care Center in Worthington, Minnesota on February 2, 2014 at age 91. Vi was born January 2, 1923 to John and Mary (Hebbelman) Hoffman, the 5th of their 11 children, in rural St. Kilian, Minnesota. On April 28, 1947 Vi married Donald G. Moser in St. Kilian Catholic Church on the 34th anniversary of her parents marriage. Vi and Don became parents to seven children and were considered second parents by countless others.
Vi was aptly named. She was vivacious, vibrant and vital in everything she did. Always with a smile and twinkle in her eye, she loved a good story as well as a good joke. A small woman, Vi was a bundle of energy that was put to many good uses. Vi (and Don) became active in ARC following the birth of daughter Monica, a Down Syndrome baby, in 1962. Vi served as president of ARC for several years. She was named "Nobles County Mother of the Year" in 1970. Vi was a frequent teacher of classes through community and other organizations. She was a fixture at the annual TAC auction for many years and a frequent contributor to Dorothy Rickers "Mixing and Musing" column in the Worthington Daily Globe.
Vis interests and hobbies included gardening, cooking and baking, sewing, reading and "collecting." Her collections of miniature animals, dishes, and baskets, as well as figures of mice and painted rocks were legend. Though her heritage was predominantly German Vi became a Norwegian upon her marriage to Don, embracing Norwegian cooking, crafts and traditions. In her lifetime Vi was able to visit Germany several times and Norway once as well as New Zealand, home of daughter Maggie and her family. While her 91 years were physically spent in Nobles County she was a citizen of the world via her travels, reading, and inquisitive mind.
Vi spent time working outside the home at several establishments in the area. It was not unusual to hear stories from her days at Campbells or in the kitchen at Michaels Steak House. Vi and Don worked together running Southwest Manor where they cared for mentally disabled individuals in a residential setting. They continued to work together until retirement as custodial staff at the Nobles County Courthouse. Vi was also employed at Fauskee Nursing Home, a predecessor of Crossroads Care Center, bringing her relationship full circle when she became a resident at CCC in December 2013.
Vi was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Worthington, the Catholic Daughters of America and past president of the Wilmont Garden Club.
Vi is survived by five children, Mary (Pat) Hayes, Overland Park, KS, Maggie (Steven) Gray, Nelson, New Zealand, Mike (Joan) Moser, Minneapolis, Kenneth (Robyn) Moser, Worthington and Melanie (Kurt Blume) Moser, Seattle, Washington; seven grandchildren, Abe (Deb Friberg) Gray, Sophie (Alex) Ricketts, Eliana Gray, Alexandra (Jake) Hafften, Hannah (Andrew Buck) Hayes, Molly Hayes, and Luciana Blume; and two great-grandchildren, Judah Gray and Cora Hafften; two siblings, Stan (Sylvia) Hoffman, Worthington and Charlotte (Wes) Andrews, Hemet, California; countless (literally) cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and others in the extended Hoffman, Hebbelman and Moser families as well as Vis friends and acquaintances in the community survive her as well.
Elvira was widowed in 2000 when Don passed away following a stroke. Her children Monica Jean, in 1972, and Bill, in 2008, and dearest niece Catherine Hoffman, in 2007, also preceded her death. Vi was also preceded in death by her parents and 8 siblings (Arnold, Wendelin, Cyril, Quentin and Allen Hoffman, Harriet Penning, Salome Dieckman and Marie Thomas).respectively, all from cancer.
A time of fellowship will be Friday from 4-7 pm, at the Dingman Funeral Home, Worthington. A Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, February 8 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Wilmont, officiated by Fr. Andrew Beerman. Internment will be conducted privately.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hospice Inc. of Worthington.
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