Virginia Mae Hojer, age “around 29,” 87, of Oldham, S.D., passed away peacefully at home, holding her husband’s hand on April 19, 2022.
Virginia was born Feb. 13, 1935, on the Nebraska/Kansas state line to Clifford and Doris (Dry) Palmer. Virginia attended school at Chester, Neb., up until moving to De Smet, S.D. in 1952. She was a class of 1953 De Smet graduate. She attended General Beadle Teachers College in 1954. After college she worked at the Kingsbury County Treasurer’s Office for several years.
In 1955, Virginia met the love of her life, Duane, fishing at Lake Whitewood. Duane and Virginia were united in marriage Feb. 11, 1956. In December of 1956, they moved into their forever home on the farm near Oldham. Over the years they worked side by side milking cows, raising chickens, growing crops, all while raising their seven children.
Virginia was chairman of the Serving Groups at Oldham Lutheran Church for many years. Over the years, as an active member of the Town and Country Snowdrifters, she held a Legacy Membership and was honored to be recognized as “Family of the Year,” “Woman of the Year” and inducted into the “Snowmobile Hall of Fame.” Virginia spent twenty-five plus summers at the Ingalls Homestead near De Smet. She loved meeting people and sharing stories. She loved sharing so much, she swapped keys with a stranger for the day. They got her car and she got their Winnebago and a dog! Virginia loved sewing and making quilts. She spent endless hours embroidering blocks to be made into quilts. Virginia had finished all of her quilts and was able to hand each of them out over the Easter weekend. All her love, time and a little help from her special friends, made this Easter weekend a time we will all cherish forever.
Not only did she fill people’s hearts with love, she filled their bellies, too. Virginia will always be remembered for her homemade donuts, caramel rolls, fresh buns, Mickey Mouse waffles, fried chicken and buckets and buckets of cookies. Another one of her special skills was canning anything from meats and vegetables to soups and salsas. One thing Mom always said, “This will taste really good when the snow flies.”
Creating memories was always important to Virginia, whether it be through tea parties, dress up, talent shows or games on holidays. Before every holiday meal, each person needed to say for what they were thankful, followed by grace.
Virginia is survived by her husband of sixty-six years, Duane; children: Scottie (Denise) Hojer of Oldham, S.D., Alan (Pam) Hojer of Lake Preston, S.D., Dan E Hojer of Oldham, S.D., Gale (Barb) Hojer of Woodbury, Minn., Rhonda (Duane) Thull of Oldham, S.D., Jay (Michelle) Hojer of Oldham, S.D., and Renae (Allen) White of Madison, S.D.; twenty-three grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; brother, Raymond (Beverly) Palmer of Rapid City, S.D.; cousins, nieces, nephews and friends near and far.
Of all her accomplishments, her most cherished titles were Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma. Grandchildren include Michael, Sarah and Laura Hojer; Blake (Jennifer) Hojer, Nikki (Michael) Kroupa and Christian Hojer; Ashley (Mike) Warner, Mark, Mikenna and Matthew Hojer; Breanne (Brice) Christensen and Brent Hojer; Kristyne, Jordan and Brooke Thull; Jacob, Taylor and Caden Hojer; Mikaela (Michael) Hanisch, Trevor, Morgan and Andrew Wipf.
Great-grandchildren are Jace, Jaden, Brynn and Kaylee (Blake), Daniel, Liam, Ava, Emma and Lucy (Nikki), Landen (Ashley), Rhett and Oliver (Christian).
Virginia was greeted in Heaven by her parents, Clifford and Doris Palmer; brothers, Richard and Edward Palmer; sister, Charlotte Hendricks and grandson, Adam Hojer.
Funeral services for Mrs. Hojer were at 10:00 a.m. Mon., April 25, 2022, at the Oldham Lutheran Church with Pastor Wanda Biel officiating. Burial was in the Oldham Lutheran Cemetery at Oldham, S.D. Visitation was Sun., April 24, 2022, in the church and preceding services. Services live streamed on the Oldham Lutheran Church web page.