Avis H. Hoefs

Aug. 31, 1918 Sept. 14, 2013

Avis H. Hoefs, 95, of Waukesha, went home to be with her lord and savior Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Linden Grove, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Winona, Minn., on Aug. 31, 1918, the daughter of Albert C. and Henrietta A. (Trester) Brand.

Avis was united in marriage Sept. 28, 1935, in Rockford, Ill., to Erwin P. Hoefs. During World War II, she was a member of the Grey Ladies. Avis was employed at J.C. Penney for 25 years and for 15 years with the Godfrey Co., where she was the accounts payable supervisor. She was a charter member of the Sweet Adelines, where she traveled to many of their national conventions. Avis was a lifelong member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, and she had taught Sunday school there.

Surviving are her loving children, Darwin (Judy) Hoefs, Karen (the late Merlin) Harder, Marlene (Warren) Nader, Sandra (Jerry) Kennedy and George Hoefs. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and one sister- in-law, Joyce Brand of Vero Beach, Fla. Avis is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Erwin P. Hoefs, on Jan. 11, 1992; two brothers, Everret Brand and Howard Brand; and an infant sister; Velma Brand.

The visitation for Avis will be held from 4 p.m. until the 6 p.m. funeral service Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1052 White Rock Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. The Rev. Scott Oelhafen will be officiating. Private interment will take place at Prairie Home Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Avis may be given to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (please see address above), or to Living Word Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2712 Sussex Lane, Waukesha, WI 53188.

The family of Avis would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caregivers at Linden Grove-Waukesha for the love and wonderful care she received.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For the online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.