Donna M. Hoffmann, November 18, 1932 - January 2, 2020

Donna M. Hoffmann
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Donna Marie Hoffmann (Wells) was born on November 18, 1932 in Ellsworth, WI and passed away surrounded by family at home and supported by the care of Saint Joseph's Hospice on January 2, 2020 in Eau Claire, WI. 

Donna touched the lives of many as a secretary in the Saint Paul public schools. She also found great joy in spending time with her family and volunteering. Donna put her heart fully into everything she did including caring for family, crocheting gifts, baking Christmas cookies to share, greeting visitors in the family waiting center at Sacred Heart Hospital, shopping for children's books and toys to donate and packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. A special memory is having Donna as our cheerleader! Donna supported those she loved with great enthusiasm in our accomplishments and activities.  

She is survived and much loved by her husband, of 64 years John; sons, Curtis (Yukiko), Ken; daughter, Chris (Dave); grandchildren, Erin (Dallas), Andrew (Ashley), Jeffrey (Emily); as well as great-grandchildren, Oliver and Ella. 

Donna's family is comforted by many great memories during her time in hospice care including her smile as she was visited by therapy dogs and in having her children together again. There are so many people that Donna would thank for the kindness they showed to her in her years of illness. Her family appreciates those that brought a smile to her face and offered her support.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to The Volunteer Partners of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. 

A Celebration of Life will take place on January 11, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Rd., Eau Claire, WI with an opportunity for friends and family to share stories and memories at 4:00 pm. Committal service will take place at a later time at Forest Lawn Cemetery, St. Paul, MN.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Mark Ringdahl January 11, 2020

    My sincerest condolences to the Hoffmann Family. Donna sounds like she was a wonderful woman and will be dearly missed. I have happily donated to the cause in her name. I will be sorry to miss the visitation today but know I will be thinking of you all.

  2. Shirley Hoffmann January 7, 2020

    My condolences to Uncle John and my cousins Kurt, Ken and Chris. I will always remember Aunt Donna's kindness and generosity over the years. Do you remember that she managed all of Grandma Maude's personal paperwork for years (no small thing with her medical and social security details)? Always with a cheerful spirit.
    God bless you all as you mourn her loss. Shirley

  3. Anne E Hoffmann January 5, 2020

    Sending my most sincere condolences to the whole Hoffmann family. Donna was such a sweet and loving person who would do whatever she could for whomever she could. There are so many good memories that she has left behind and now moved on to where she will be in peace and pain free. She will be missed. May God Bless all and welcome her home.

  4. Diane Kinser January 5, 2020

    So sorry for your loss, Chris. I'll be thinking of you, praying for an extra measure of grace and peace❤

  5. Norma BUSCHER January 5, 2020

    Our sympathy to you, John and your family.

  6. David Menard January 4, 2020

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences on Donna’s passing. She was a wonderful woman, a truly nice person. She will be missed by many. I hope her and my Son Alex have met in heaven. And of course all my departed pooches ... she’s in good company.