Juanita J. Hoffman, 87, Jasper

Juanita J. Hoffman, 87, of Jasper, died Saturday, November 2, at Cathedral Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Washington March 12, 1932 to Roy and Ollie (Cole) Gray. She married Raphael J. “Cotton” Hoffman May 23, 1953, in Bloomfield. He died March 19, 1995.

Juanita attended Washington High School. She retired from Jasper Desk, where she was employed for many years. Following retirement she worked part time at the Hampton Inn in Jasper. She was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper. Juanita and Cotton met on a skating rink floor and were accomplished roller skaters who loved waltzes and fox trots. She was an avid bowler in her younger days and very proud of her bowling trophies. She enjoyed playing cards, particularly cinch, for decades with family and friends. She enjoyed yard work and was a lifelong, diehard St. Louis Cardinals fan.

She is survived by one daughter, Debra Enlow and husband Mike, Jasper; one granddaughter, Shalane Niemeier, Evansville; niece Arlene Langford and husband Mark, Odon; and a number of other nieces and nephews spanning three generations.

Juanita was the last of 13 children. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Georgia Lee, Fern Davis, and Mary Russell, and nine brothers, Royce, Clifford, Dennis, Maurice, Dimple, Bob, Gene, Ardith, and Lowell Gray. Lowell perished on a submarine in the South Pacific during World War II.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Precious Blood Church. Memorial contributions can be made to Southern Indiana Honor Flight at www.honorflightsi.org, Precious Blood Church, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

 

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