For decades, generations of Victorians knew Almeda and Albert Hoffman. Many recall buying their clothes at Hoffman’s Dry Goods Store while children and continuing the patronage as adults.
Almeda was born at home in Victoria, the oldest of five children. She attended grade school and high school in Victoria, graduating in 1943. She went to work at the Farmers National Bank in Victoria for seven years before she married Albert in 1950.
“We had known each other for years - this is Victoria - we knew each other!” she smiles.
For the first few years Almeda was a stay-at-home housewife, then in 1956 she went to work at the dry goods store where the couple worked together until 1993 when they sold the store and retired.
Almeda and Albert had two children, a son, Don, and an infant daughter who died when she was six months old. The family has now grown to include daughter-in-law Greta, three grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Never one to sit still, Almeda was an active volunteer after her retirement. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, flower gardening, reading, shopping, needlepoint, walking and spending time with her grandchildren. Albert and Almeda also enjoyed traveling and visiting with family. Her favorite pastime was going to market in Kansas City when they owned the store.
Now at home at St. John’s, Almeda continues to enjoy bingo, visiting with residents and daily church services. She is a member of the Daughters of Isabella and the St. John’s Auxiliary.