Donna Jean Hoffman

November 11, 1944 - May 31, 2023


Obituary For Donna Jean Hoffman

Donna Jean Hoffman (nee: Paske) of Beaver Dam touched the Face of God on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. She was Welcomed Home by her Savior, Jesus, and by a host of family and friends including, her beloved husband Robert (Bobby John) Hoffman; her parents, Walter and Frances (DeGroff) Paske; her in-laws Harold and Eunice Hoffman; sisters and their husbands, Shirley and Robert Manthe and Beverley and Richard Busse; and her brother and sister-in-law Frederick and Beverly (nee: Breneman) Paske. She was also greeted by a beloved niece Jody Mae Busse-Ramsfield-Bibler, and a nephew-in-law John Stangl. She is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Mona and Ken Bertoli of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is also survived by 18 nieces and nephews, their spouses, their children and grandchildren. They all who had a special place in Donna’s heart.

Donna was born on November 11, 1944 in Madison, WI. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Leeds, Arlington, WI. She was a member of the 1962 graduating class of Deforest Area High School. She married the love of her life on April 10, 1965 at Zion, Leeds.

Her and Bob lived in a multitude of homes in various parts of Wisconsin, Colorado and Arizona. Their love for each other was strengthened by a shared love of camping, music and traveling. Their last home together was in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Donna moved to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin after Bob’s passing, where she lived until moving into the Watertown Health Care Facility in the fall of 2022.

Donna was a gifted seamstress. Learning from her talented mom, Donna’s love for knitting, crocheting, sewing and quilting grew into a passion that can only be called an art form. Her love for off-white, cream fabrics, trims, and buttons earned her the nick name “The Queen of Cream.” She was presented with numerous awards throughout her life for her needlework and stitching talents.

Her love for her husband and her family was nearly matched by the love for her pets through the years. From her Saint Bernard, Benjamin of Bear Creek Canyon and her Miniature Schnauzer, Boo, to her cat Hobbs, they all were blessed to have her love them. Thanks to Serena (Cici) McDonald, a favorite visiting Angel of Donna’s, for providing a loving home for Hobbs when Donna could no longer care for him.

Many thanks to the Visiting Angels of Beaver Dam and Holders of Hope, two home health care providers who were truly angels without wings for caring, befriending and loving Donna for a number of years in her beloved trailer home, that she called Lucy. Special thank you to Donna (Dee) Jacobs for continuing

your friendship with Donna after she left your care. Also a special thanks to Watertown Health Care Center and to Rainbow hospice for your special care in the last months and days of her life. Your rewards await all of you in Heaven.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Ryan Funeral Home, Deforest. Pastor Philip Heyer of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church of Beaver Dam, where Donna was currently a member, will conduct a private

Christian graveside service at Zion, Leeds cemetery. Donna will be laid to rest beside her husband. After 24 years apart, they will be together for eternity.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Windsor/DeForest Chapel

6924 Lake Road


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  • June 12, 2023

    Donna was a special lady. As my aunt and godmother she held a special place in my heart. I am thankful the Lord brought our journeys even closer over the past 2 years. I learned a lot about her that will keep her even closer to me until we meet again in Heaven. I am deeply grateful for her nieces, Cathy Stangl, Janeen Bath and Connie Feuling for their loving care of her for many years, Donna Jacob and Mary Wendt for their sustained friendship through the years, and to Serena McDonald for providing a loving home for Hobbs, Donna's beloved furbaby.

  • June 09, 2023

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Donna. She was my Sunday school teacher and such a wonderful person. My sympathies to you all.

  • June 03, 2023

  • June 02, 2023

    Janie and family, so sorry to hear about the loss of your Aunt Donna. She was blessed to have you in her life.

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