Pearl Ellen (Coleman) Hoffman
October 14, 1925 - April 26, 2019

Ellen, Mike, Julius Hoffman 1964

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.

Washington No. 5 country school

Ellen Coleman & Earl Singsank


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.

December 7, 1941

Washington No. 5 country school

Back: Arnold Meister, Earl Singsank, Ellen Coleman, Agnes Caldwell, Ruth Kuhn (teacher)
Third: Cyril Meister, Orville Hinze, Margaret Singsank, Shirley Coleman, Marilyn Grau
Second: Lawrence Meister, Ardella Singsank, Myra Schroeder, Robert Meister
Front: Allan Eich, Glen Singsank


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

Ellen High school notes


Margaret Struve
Margaret Struve born August 17, 1900 died 1978
Shortly before her death she wrote Peter & William Struve's military histories.

Washington Township By Ellen Hoffman February 2007
The one room country school can no longer be found in our area. At one time they were located every two miles. My mother, Margaret (Struve) Coleman Hinze was born in 1900. She attended rural school Ewoldt/Warren No. 5 one mile east of Manning. This school served the Grau, Meyers, and Struve families to name a few. Rose (Kuhl) Lamp was one of the teachers. She was a sister of Bob, Emil, Pete, and Bonita Kuhl. She was a good strict teacher who could handle those ornery boys - I quote my mother.
I attended Washington No. 5 six miles north on the O.C.O. Some of the pupils in 1936-37 were Leonard Frahm, Roger Eich, Lyle Eich, and Vernon Shrader. The Meister family, Harold, Marie, Arnold, Cyril, Lawrence, and Robert; Myra Schroeder, Marilyn Grau, Orville Hinze, Shirley Coleman, and Ellen Coleman; later Earl Singsank, Margaret Singsank, and Ardella Singsank joined our school. Much later Glen Singsank and Allan Eich.
Bert Eich and Julius Schroeder were the directors. Dorothy (Hoogestrat) Anthony, Arlene Hoogestrat, Lucia Rohr, and Ruth Kuhn were my teachers. Dorothy was married to Vernon Anthony and was my first teacher.
Washington No. 5 was "Center School" where general and primary elections and an occasional school meeting were held. Herbert Hinze was secretary of Washington Township. The director of each school issued a voucher when the teacher had taught a month. She in turn presented the voucher to the township secretary and was issued a pay check.
Teachers who taught in Washington Township were Elaine Roggish Washington No. 2 eight miles north on the O.C.O. An old school with a coal stove. Julius Ehlers was director.
Selma Ross taught at Washington No. 8 four miles north on the O.C.O. A well-built school with a furnace. Bert Stribe was director. Students were Merlin Welsh, Dorothy Welsh, Orren Welsh, Julius Hoffman, William Hoffman, Marian Hoffman, Joyce Strathman, Bill Strathman.
Mildred Kaspersen taught in Washington No. 3 and drove a black Ford Coupe.
A new school was built in the southwest section of Washington Township after WWII.

I Remember:
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.

WWI information about her brothers, by Margaret Struve
William Struve military timeframe:
Left for Camp Forest, Georgia, the 13th day of August 1918. He was 25 years of age. He was in Camp Forest 5 weeks and 5 days.
Left Camp Forest the 21st of September, went to Camp Upton, Long Island, New York. Left Camp Upton for overseas October 27, 1918.
Landed at Brest, France, October 7, 1918. Received his overseas card saying he arrived safe October 12, 1918.
First letter received November 1st. He was well. We sent his Christmas package away November 23, 1918. Received 2nd letter November 27, 1918; third letter November 28, 1918. Heard from him regular ever after.
He was in Banses (note must be Vannes), France, Thanksgiving Day.
From there they were sent to Nantes, France, were there from December till February 6, 1919, and then were sent to St. Nazaire - a seaport.
Stayed there till the 23rd of February 1919.
Received some pictures of himself had taken at Nantes, France.
Then headed for New York - they sailed home on the ship Magnolia. Had board 3500 soldiers. Spent his 26th birthday on the Atlantic 1000 miles from New York, and arrived in New York March 7, 1919.
Sent a message, received it the 7th of March at 8 o'clock p.m.
Sent some more pictures of himself and others March 12, 1919, from Camp Merritt, New Jersey.
Left Camp Merritt March 12, 1919, arrived at Camp Dodge early the 15th of March 1919.
Received his discharge March 18, 1919. Got home Wednesday morning the 19th at 10 o'clock.
His address was
Private William Struve
468 Engineers Pontoon Train AEF

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

Jurgen & Anna (Hansen) Joens family

Back: Kate McMahon, George Joens, Mary Nielsen, Anna Jessen
Front: Margaretha Struve, Anna (Hansen), Trina Joens

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 F. Hoffman enlisted in the Navy October 28, 1965. He took his Basic Training and attended Radio School in San Diego, California. Then on to New London, Connecticut, in August of 1966 for eight weeks of Submarine School. His first duty as Radio man was aboard the USS Bluegill with two trips to West Pac. Later, he was assigned to the USS Salmon with one trip to West Pac. He was discharged October 28, 1969.

USS Bluegill


Michael Hoffman 2 years old on Ford tractor


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