Verna Margaret Hoefs

Verna Margaret Hoefs, née Paul, 94, passed away peacefully on November 8, 2019, at the Morrow Home in Sparta, Wisconsin. Verna was baptized into the Lutheran faith on April 19, 1925. Verna grew up on a small dairy farm during the Great Depression in rural Dorchester, Wisconsin. As a young woman, Verna set off on her own to Milwaukee. She married Reuben Dake on November 10, 1945, and they had two daughters, Diane and Debra. Reuben passed unexpectedly in 1965. Verna worked full time at the Briggs and Stratton plant in Milwaukee to support her daughters. She was an independent and hard-working woman. Verna spent time with Diane, son-in-law Jerry, and two grandchildren Jeff and Scott. In 1982, She married Elroy Hoefs and traveled across the United States and Canada. After Elroy’s passing in 1986, she retired and moved to the Tomah area to be near her daughter Debra, son-in-law Patrick, and two grandchildren Tim and Dan. In her retirement, she enjoyed bird watching, playing pinochle with family, gardening, and preparing home-cooked meals for the family. She was quick-witted and enjoyed teasing her sons-in-law. She was the matriarch of the family and was especially close to her grandchildren.

Verna enters eternal life preceded by her father Rudolf Paul, mother Rose Paul, née Brunner, sister Elaine Noonan (Bud), husband Reuben Dake, second husband Elroy Hoefs, and daughter Debra Mulrain (Patrick).

Verna is remembered by her brother, Donald Paul (Dorothy), sister Joyce Reckner, daughter Diane Koser (Jerry), son-in-law Patrick Mulrain, grandchildren Jeff Koser (Tondra), Scott Koser (Chris Martin), Tim Mulrain (Carrie), and Dan Mulrain. She is especially loved by her great-grandchildren, Makayla Koser, Bridget Koser, and Grace Mulrain.

A Memorial service will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019, 11:00 A.M. at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 310 W. Elizabeth St. Tomah. Pastor Scott Mann will officiate. Burial will be at a later date.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E. Monowau St. Tomah, and at the church on Friday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be sent to