August 12, 1925 - January 15, 2015


Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at St. Mary’s Cathedral Lower Church in St. Cloud for Elizabeth “Bette Mae” Hofmann, age 89, of St. Cloud who passed away Thursday at Country Manor. Rev. Aaron Nett will officiate and private burial will be at Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud. Friends and relatives may call after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Bette was born August 12, 1925 to Burton F. and Elizabeth V. (Schmidt) Watts in Detroit, MI. She married Rudolph Hofmann, Jr. on May 3, 1947 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. After graduating from Tech High School, Bette worked as an independent Interior Decorator, owning and operating her own business. She designed the D.J. Bitzan Jewelry Store when the Crossroads Center opened. Bette was the editor for the Techoes yearbook, coordinating 68 years of class reunions. She was the Chairman of several May Bowle events. In 1975 she oversaw the building of the gazebo for the event and it was installed at the Munsinger Gardens. Bette was a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral and the St. Cloud Country Club for 45 years. Bette was known for her impeccable dress which included her hats. She enjoyed golfing with her husband; the couple won several club championships at the St. Cloud Country Club. At the age of 40 Bette and Rudy took up cross country skiing and tennis. She loved gardening especially, growing her pink impatients and geraniums in her greenhouse. She also loved watching her granddaughters Brittney and Brooke participate in all their sporting events throughout the years.

Bette is survived by her daughters, Robin (Denny) Johnson of St. Cloud, Brenda (Curt) Person of Willmar; sister, Dorothy Anderson of Minneapolis and granddaughters, Carie Leske, Tracy (Jason) Folkerts, Brittney (Jeremy) Braegelmann and Brooke Johnson; great- grandchildren, Cody Leske, BreeAnn Leske, Chase Leske, Dakota Folkerts, McKennan Folkerts, Ramsey Folkerts; great great- grandchildren, Adrian Leske, Aleynna Leske and Greyson Leske. She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Rudy on February 20, 1992; son, Mark; and sister, Lois “Cookie” DeZurik.