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“Don, Alan, Dan, and family, Kevin And I would like to express our sincere thoughts and prayers for your loss. Bernice was an awesome lady always...Read More »
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“With sympathy to the family...We are so sorry to hear of the loss of our long time neighbor and friend. We shared wonderful memories of our youngest...Read More »
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“Thinking of your family during this difficult time. ”
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“Dear Huff family, Your mother was a good neighbor and a wonderful lady and will be missed.Dennis and Penny Wachowiak Green Ave neighbor. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Penny Wachowiak - Kronenwetter, WI

“Dear Hoff Family, We are very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a delightful neighbor! The neighborhood has not been the same without her. Her...Read More »
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6 of 12 | Posted by: David & Alyce Smith - WI

“We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. We are thinking of you. Ron and Wendy Minch ”
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“Don sorry to hear about your Mother.Rick and Patt Stoltz ”
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“Such a great sense of humor and quick wit, which she passed on to her sons. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Bill Cole - Glendale, AZ

“RIP Bernice HoffFrances Cappello ”
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“Her wonderful sense of humor and quick wit. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Bill Cole - Glendale, AZ

“We are sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Bob and Deb Loomis ”
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Bernice V. Hoff, formerly of Stevens Point and most recently of Touchmark Assisted Living in Appleton, passed away early Thursday morning, December 28 following a brief illness. She was surrounded by family continuously throughout her decline, giving us the opportunity to bestow upon her a small portion of the love and dedication that she poured out to all members of her family throughout her life. Bernice was born in 1931 to Carl and Oral Henden at their farm in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Bernice graduated from Viroqua High School at the age of 16. At what is now UW-Platteville, she met the love of her life, a dashing member of the football team and fellow Biology student, Don Hoff. Bernice graduated with a degree in Biology and a new husband. They were happily married for 37 years until Don’s death in 1990. She later did post graduate studies in nutritional science at UW-Stevens Point after her boys left home. During her working years outside of the home, Bernice taught either Biology, History, or Home Economics at Benton High School, Racine County School of Agriculture and Home Economics (the last County High School in Wisconsin), Portage High School and she also substitute taught in Stevens Point and Iola. Bernice ran Hoff Plantations for a number of years after her husband’s death, shipping Christmas trees and nursery stock across the United States. She was a member of League of Women Voters, University Women, Portage County Rosemalers, a charter member of both Iola Lodge and Vennlefolk Lodge of Sons of Norway, Stevens Point. Bernice was an avid world traveler, a very talented cook, artist, rosemaler, gardener, seamstress, conversationalist, listener, and dispenser of advice. A progressive environmentalist, her house was filled with books, both new and old, and on every subject. What she will be remembered the most for, along with her intense love of family, was her sense of humor. She laughed easily and often and always had a quick, clever response. Her witty retorts, even in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, delighted and amazed us. Bernice is survived by her sister Jeanette Ashmore of Marana, AZ, sons Don Jr. (Gail), Alan (JoAnn), and Dan (Tami) Hoff, all of Appleton. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Laura (Marcelo) Jacques, Alison (Chris) Mantel, Emily (Jon) Jacobs, Kathryn (Randy) Johnson, Michael Hoff, Christina Hoff, Daniel Hoff, Jr., Courtney (Michael) Schumann, and Elizabeth Hoff. Bernice was blessed with ten great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Sr., her brothers Kenneth and Donald Henden, and her sister, Charlotte Yerkovich. A visitation for Bernice will be held Monday, January 1 from 4-6 p.m. at Wichman-Fargo Funeral Home, 537 N. Superior Street, Appleton, Wisconsin, 54911. An additional visitation will be on Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church 326 East North Street, Appleton with a church service to follow at 11. A memorial is being established.