Margaret “Margie” Mary Hoffman Berend, a woman, dedicated to service to her family, church and community, died Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Hospice in Wichita Falls, at the age of 82.
Vigil service and rosary was held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, October 13, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Windthorst. Mass was celebrated at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2019, at St. Mary’s with Rev. Michael Moloney, Pastor of St. Mary’s and St. Boniface Catholic Church, officiating. Interment followed in St Mary’s Cemetery under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home of Archer City.
Serving as pallbearers were Bill Hoffman, Jr., Jared "J.T." Hoffman, Kenny "Digger" Hoffman, Richard "Rick" Hoffman, Jr., Scott McNeely, and Danny Joe Schroeder.
Margie was born February 10, 1937, at the family farm in Scotland, Texas. She was the youngest of 11 children born to Frank John Hoffman, Jr., and Elizabeth Ann Baumhardt Hoffman. Margie was a “surprise” baby. Her parents were in their forties, her oldest sister was almost 20 when she was born. Her siblings cuddled, pampered, teased, and cherished her all their lives. She was the last of the line.
Margie was salutatorian of her 1954 graduating class of Windthorst High School. She attended Draughan’s Business College and became a stenographer for the Wichita Falls Production Credit Association until her marriage.
She married James Edward Berend, November 16, 1961, in St. Boniface Catholic Church in Scotland, where she grew up. They took up residence in Windthorst, Texas, where she resided for the rest of her life.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Windthorst, where she served for many years as a member of the choir. Her “Ave Maria” solo was something special to hear, and she sang it at many a marriage and anniversary for family and friends.
She served the church as a Lector and taught CCD classes for over 30 years to children from elementary to high school. Sixteen of those years, she prepared angelic 2nd graders for their first holy communion. She touched many young lives. Previous students said she taught their children and in a few cases, grandchildren as well. Three generations of religious instruction.
Margie was a member of the Christian Mothers Society for over 50 years. She joined shortly after her marriage with her mother-in-law paying her first month’s dues. Margie served the organization in many capacities, including President.
Margie, along with James, was the co-chair of Windthorst’s 100th Birthday Celebration and “The Pageant.” She was called upon to do a lot of her own writing to finalizing the script.
She also used her writing skills as the Windthorst correspondent for the Archer County News and Times Record News; as well as writing/editing the Knights of Columbus newsletter. She also wrote and delivered numerous eulogies for family and friends.
Margie's volunteerism extended outside the boundaries of Windthorst. She was on the Archer County Child Welfare Board, and the Archer County MHMR Board. Margie was a member of the Wichita Falls Right to Life and served as Secretary for the State of Texas Right to Life. She was often asked to be a guest speaker at Right to Life and Alternative to Abortion events. Margie said she loved to be able to help someone have a better life.
Margie’s family was near and dear to her heart, and she dedicated her life to selfless service to them. No family member could be sick, in the hospital, rehab, or nursing home, without a visit from Margie to comfort them or to help them in any way she could.
She was able to do all of this without being able to drive a car. James took her everywhere she wanted to go. He was her secret weapon, along with a good cup of coffee.
Margie was preceded in death by her parents and all 10 of her siblings, sisters Roberta Schroeder and Loretta Lindeman and brothers Ray, Ed, Bernard, Bill, Charles, Richard, infant Frank III, and Jim Hoffman.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 57 years, James Berend of Windthorst, and great nephew-grandsons Zane, Dillon, and Jaron Hilbers and Heath Julian. In-laws: Francis, Stella, Margie and Dorothy Hoffman, Mildred and Alma Pennartz, Margaret Schroeder, Eleanor Pechacek, Bernadine, Antone, Martin, and Harold Berend and George Wray. Plus 109 Hoffman and Berend nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, Texas 76310 or The Windthorst Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 162, Windthorst, Texas 76389.