Visitation Friday, May 3, 2019 9:30 AM Ohde Funeral Home, Manning, Iowa
Funeral Service Friday, May 3, 2019 10:30 AM Ohde Funeral Home Manning
Interment Friday, May 3, 2019 Manning Cemetery
Funeral Service Friday, May 3, 2019, 10:30 AM Ohde Funeral Home, Manning
Officiating Lue Baker
Recorded Music "On Eagle's Wings" Josh Groban
"In The Garden" Wayne Newton
Casket Bearers: Tom Hill, Bobby Asberry, Jr., Robert Rugaard, Ron Long, Doug Long, Curt Long
Pearl Ellen, daughter of John V. and Margaret (Struve) Coleman, was born October 14, 1925, at Manning in Carroll County, Iowa. She attended one-room country school at Washington Township No. 5 and graduated from Manning High School in 1944.
On May 1, 1946, Ellen was united in marriage with Julius Francis Hoffman. One son Michael was born to this union. Ellen and Jul made their home in Manning where Ellen worked at Priebe and Son and Nelson Manufacturing. In 1969 they moved to Wheaton, Illinois, where Jul worked until his retirement in 1988.
Throughout the years, Ellen was an avid reader and writer, particularly of short stories about everyday happenings on the farm and in the Manning community during the thirties and forties. For 30 years, she crafted creative Christmas tree ornaments for neighborhood children. Ellen enjoyed collecting genealogy for her and Jul's family and was a charter member of the Carroll County Historical Society.
On Friday, April 26, 2019, Ellen passed away at Belmont Village in Carol Stream, Illinois, at the age of 93 years.
Pearl was preceded in death by her father John V. Coleman;
mother Margaret and husband Herbert Hinze; husband Julius Hoffman; aunt Lillian
and husband Henry Brandt; a step-brother Orville Hinze; and a step-sister Pearl
Hinze. She is survived by a son: Michael Hoffman of Exira; sister, Shirley
(Coleman) Dewiller of Dryden, Washington;
stepsister-in-law Iva Hinze of Carroll; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Shirley & Ellen Coleman
Circa 1933 Shirley & Ellen lived on Elm Street
Ellen loved history and lived through some of the most important times in our US history.
She wrote me often and sent memories she had and all kinds of Manning connections for the area's past.
Here is one letter she sent to me about December 7, 1941.
Back: Earl Singsank, Ellen Coleman, Agnes Caldwell, Arnold Meister
Fourth: Shirley Coleman, Cyril Meister
Third: Margaret Singsank, Orville Hinze, Marilyn Grau
Second: Lawrence Meister, Ardella Singsank
Front: Robert Meister, Myra Schroeder, Glen Singsank, Allen Eich
Back: Marilyn Grau, Cyril Meister, Orville Hinze, Shirley Coleman
Front: Lawrence Meister, Robert Meister, Allen Eich, Myra Schroeder
Ellen - in 3rd row from bottom
Margaret Struve born August 17, 1900 died 1978
Shortly before her death she wrote Peter & William Struve's military histories.
1. Two weeks of corn picking vacation.
2. Christmas programs and how different the school looked in lamp light.
3. The pledge of allegiance every morning.
4. In the spring, the flag on its pole as it lazily furled and unfurled in the gentle breeze.
5. Penmanship exercise and making all of those OOOOOs.
6. The large pictures of Presidents Lincoln and Washington.
7. Dusting erasers.
8. Robert Meister standing next to the teacher's desk. He is reading Dick and Jane. The window shade snaps. Robert looks up. He continues reading, "See Dick run. See Jane run" and the room fills with laughter.
9. Most country schools had storm cellars. Both Washington No. 5 and No. 8 had storm cellars in case of storms and tornadoes.
10. Mr. Litton was the Carroll County Superintendent who signed my diploma.
Peter Struve military timeframe:
As documented by Margaret Struve - mother of Ellen (Coleman) Hoffman.
Left for Camp Gordon, Georgia, on the 26th of July 1918. He was 27 years of age. He left Camp Gordon the 4th of September on his way to Camp Merritt, New Jersey. Arrived there about the 9th of September.
Left there on the 18th of September at 2 O'clock p.m. for overseas 1918. Got the overseas card he arrived safely at Brest, France. Received his first letter 4th of October. Sent his Christmas package November 9, 1918. His second letter December 21, 1918.
Armistice was signed November 11, 1918.
He was put in the Army of Occupation and marched through Belgium, Luxembourg, and into Germany, and is now at Vallendar, Germany.
Hear from him regular. Sent his picture February 27, 1919. Looking well. Left Vallendar, Germany in May and went to Rengsdorf, Germany.
Has been there ever since. Moved from there (? name of town was omitted) Germany 3 days. Peace treaty was signed and then returned to Rengsdorf, Germany, and left there July 6 for Brest, France. Left Brest July and arrived in U.S.A August the 4th.
Were sent to Camp Merritt and paraded New York August the 8th. Left for Camp Dodge - got there August 12. Telephoned from August the 14th. Got home the 15th - looking fine.
His address being:
Private Peter Struve
Company I, 23rd Infantry, 2nd Division A.E.F
Margaretha was Ellen's grandmother.
Claus Struve on left - served in the German Army, before immigrating to Manning
I'm thinking Claus was Ellen's great-grandfather.
George H. Struve, Claus Struve
George was Roy Struve & Ruby Edmunds dad
Michael Hoffman 2 years old on Ford tractor