Joyce E. Hoffman


LA MOILLE - Joyce E. (Brown) Hoffman, 86, of LaMoille, passed away Jan. 1, 2021 at OSF St. Anthony’s Medical Center, Rockford after a brief illness.

Private family graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at Restland Cemetery, Mendota with Rev. David Jungnickel officiating. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is assisting the family.

Joyce was born Jan. 15, 1934 in Mendota to Elmer and Marian (Deaner) Brown. She married Lee Hoffman on Feb. 14, 1954 in Mendota. He preceded her in death in 1999.

Survivors include three children, Jeffrey (Becky) Hoffman of Gilbert, Ariz., Laurie (Dick) Joerger of LaMoille and Sherry (Dave) Siragusa of Dunlap; five grandchildren, Kelly (Mike) Kessel, Monica Joerger and Keegan, Dylan and Joey Siragusa; two sisters, Barbara O’Leary and Betty Phalen; one brother, James (Judy) Brown; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one grandson, Nick Hoffman; one brother, Bill Brown; one sister-in-law, Karen (Doenier) Brown; and two brothers-in-law, Jim O’Leary and Harry Phalen.

Joyce was a 1953 graduate of Mendota High School. After marrying Lee in 1954, the couple resided on the family farm near Perkins Grove. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, where she participated in numerous church organizations, and was a 4-H leader for many years with the Clarion Comets. She enjoyed playing cards with the West End Card Club and was active with the Quilters Guild at the Mendota Baptist Church. Joyce’s greatest joys were her grandchildren. She enjoyed watching them at motocross, dance and sporting events. She loved farm life, making numerous lunches during baling and harvesting. She was active with all three children throughout school and at 4-H events and horse shows. She had a passion for a good game of dice, dominoes or cards and enjoyed many raucous games of Euchre.

Memorials may be directed to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (lls.org). Online condolences may be left at www.merrittfh.com.

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