Obituaries & Tributes

Immediate Need

Prearrange Your Funeral

Contact Us

Site Search


Text Sizing

The Memorial Candle Program has been designed to help offset the costs associated with the hosting this Tribute Website in perpetuity. Through the lighting of a memorial candle, your thoughtful gesture will be recorded in the Book of Memories and the proceeds will go directly towards helping ensure that the family and friends of Jeanne Hofstader can continue to memorialize, re-visit, interact with each other and enhance this tribute for future generations.

Thank you.

Select Candle
In Memory of
Jeanne Hofstader
1921 - 2018
Click above to light a memorial candle.

The lighting of a Memorial Candle not only provides a gesture of sympathy and support to the immediate family during their time of need but also provides the gift of extending the Book of Memories for future generations.

Obituary for Jeanne Hofstader

Jeanne Hofstader
In lieu of flowers, Jeanne's family would prefer memorials to St. Patrick's Catholic Church or the Emmet County Food Pantry.

Regena "Jeanne" (Murphy) Hofstader, the daughter of Frank and Maude (Rinus) Murphy was born on September 20, 1921, at St. Joseph Hospital in Mitchell, South Dakota. Jeanne passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at Windsor Manor in Estherville, Iowa, at the age of 97.

Jeanne began her education at Notre Dame Elementary School in Mitchell. At the age of seven she moved with her parents and four older siblings to Broderick in Saskatchewan, Canada, and five years later they moved to Sheldon, Iowa. In 1933, Jeanne moved to Currie, Minnesota, and attended school at Immaculate Heart and graduated in 1939, from Tracy High School in Tracy, Minnesota. Jeanne received her LPN diploma and administrator license from Iowa Lakes Community College in 1971. Jeanne was united in marriage to John Hofstader on August 25, 1940, at Immaculate Heart Church in Currie. Together they raised four children, Bonnie, Gary, Kathleen and Dianna. They lived in Minneapolis for two years, moved back to Currie on a farm for a few years and in 1948, they moved to Estherville. She worked at Holy Family Hospital in Estherville for 12 1/2 years, until they opened their home up as a residential nursing home. In 1968, she and her husband built Rosewood Manor Nursing Home where Jeanne was administrator for 30 years. She sold Rosewood Manor in 2003. Jeanne loved being a mother and grandmother and enjoyed celebrating special occasions with her husband, family and friends. She was a great cook and loved spoiling her grandchildren, Jeanne was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville and a lifetime member of Catholic Daughters. She was also a member of the WaTanYe Club and Past President.

Left to cherish Jeanne's memory are her children, Gary Hofstader of Wallingford, Iowa; Dianna Howard of Carson City, Nevada; son-in-law, Terry Gnewuch of Sioux City, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 21 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John; daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Tom Geick; daughter, Kathleen Gnewuch; daughter-in-law, Diane Hofstader; infant great granddaughter; parents, Frank and Maude Murphy; three sisters, Estella, Edna, Beatrice; and brother, Francis.

To send flowers to the family of Jeanne Hofstader, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Order Flowers
Recently Shared Condolences
Recently Shared Stories
Recently Shared Photos
Book of Memories
Proudly Serving the Communities of Armstrong, Estherville, Fenton, Graettinger, Ringsted, and Swea City
(712) 362-2646 Henry-Olson Funeral Home and Crematory
401 N. 7th Street
Estherville, IA 51334
712-864-3441 Henry-Olson Funeral Home and Crematory - Armstrong
506 2nd Ave.
Armstrong, IA 50514
515-889-2796 Henry-Olson Funeral Home and Crematory - Fenton

Fenton, IA 50539
712-859-3919 Henry-Olson Funeral Home & Crematory - Graettinger
104 N. Cedar St.
Graettinger, IA 51342
515-272-4242 Henry-Olson Funeral Home & Crematory - Swea City
408 4th Ave. West
Swea City, IA 50590
712-866-1006 Ringsted