May 30, 1931 - December 23, 2018
Bernice I. (Nolan) Hoffart, born on May 30, 1931, near Carter in rural Tripp County, S.D., the sixth child of William and Irene (Loney) Nolan. She attended rural schools in Knox County and graduated from Niobrara High School in 1948. She was a life member of VFW Auxiliary 131, and DAV Chapter 7, member of Military Order of Cootie Auxiliary. Bernice married Vern E. Hoffart in 1948. Vern died in September 2014 after 66 years of marriage. She died on December 23, 2018, in Lincoln.
Surviving siblings are Margaret Drobny, of O'Neill, Mary (Jim) Bourn of Ewing, Jack (Mary Fran) Nolan of Crawford, Patricia (Bob) Melcher of Winnetoon. Deceased siblings: Kay Birt, Betty Newsam, Sam Nolan, Eileen Slechta, Billy Nolan and parents Bill and Irene Nolan.
Five children were born to Vern and Bernice they are David (Andrea) Hoffart, Beverly (Denny) Wertz, Richard (Kathy) Hoffart, Carol (Bill) Naviaux, and Nancy (Randy, deceased in 2013) Melichar, seven grandchildren, Michael (Holly) Hoffart, Michelle (Shane) Jensen, Laura (Michael) Kohel, Brett Wertz, Dana (Anthony) Leetch, Steven (Adria) Melichar, Brian (Adriana) Hoffart, three great-grandchildren, Ashlyn and Beckett Jensen and Truman Leetch, with one on the way to Brian and Adriana. Other survivors: sister-in-law Colleen Nolan of Midland, Texas, brother-in-law Dwain Hoffart of Lincoln, many friends, numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church at 6111 Morrill Ave on Friday, December 28, at 10:30 a.m. with inurnment at 2 p.m. after luncheon at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please send memorials to family for future charitable designation.