A lifelong resident of Belleville, Ellie graduated from Belleville Township High School in June, 1945. After graduation, she was employed in the bookkeeping department of First National Bank of Belleville. On June 15, 1946, Elma married Norman L. Hoff, following a lengthy courtship by letters, while he was serving in the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe. Their happy, loving marriage of nearly 69 years produced five children. She was a very active member of the Meat Cutters Union Local 534 Retiree’s Club.
Elma’s favorite pastimes were bird watching and solving crossword puzzles, but her foremost passion in life was loving and caring for her family. The family welfare and well-being was always the primary goal in her life. She always put them first before everything else. She in turn was deeply loved by her family. Her soft-spoken, loving manners in all her actions will be sorely missed by all of us, who deeply love her.
She was preceded in death by one son, James N. Hoff, who died August 19, 2013; her mother, Hortense, nee Taylor, Tuerck; and her father and step-mother, George N. and Bertha, nee Brandmeyer, Tuerck; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Green; and a son-in-law, Lloyd Scott.
Surviving is the love of her life, her husband Norman L. Hoff;
her children, Kathleen A. Scott of Loveland, CO,
Thomas L. (Judy) Hoff of Swansea, IL,
Karen E. (Gary) Voelker of Freeburg, IL,
and Kenneth A. (Tina Marie) Hoff of Belleville, IL;
eight grandchildren, David (Breanne) Scott of Parker, CO,
Brian (Cara) Scott of Homewood, IL,
Elizabeth (Christopher) Hohweiler of Loveland, CO,
Kristin (Tim) Hoff Smith of New York, NY,
James and Andrew Voelker of Freeburg, IL,
and Jessica and Dale Hoff of Belleville, IL;
six great-grandchildren, Colin, Cailey,
Caiden, and Cristian Scott,
Adam and Allison Hohweiler;
one sister, Shirley Green of Naperville, IL;
and one half-brother, David (Prema) Tuerck of Franklin, MA;
three nephews, Steven (Robin) Green,
Michael (Kathy) Green,
and John (Rachel) Tuerck;
great-nieces and great-nephews,
great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to the doctors and nursing staff of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital who treated and compassionately cared for Elma.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriners’ Hospital for Children, or to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon Thursday, April 2, 2013, at the funeral home with Rev. Dr. Arthur Tinge officiating. Burial will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.
Sending love and prayers to all. Elma was a very wonderful women..she will be missed…
Dan and Lynn Mills, Norfork, Arkansas, 72658
Praying for all. Wish I could be there. God bless you all.
Joan Voelker, Mountain Home, Ar, 72653
Elma was a sweet lady, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the George Tuerck Memorial Concerts, that are performed every year by the Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Elma’s half brother, George Tuerck, created the Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and was it’s first conductor. Elma always attended the concerts and presented the awards to the winners of the Tuerck Concerto Competition. I will miss seeing her sweet smile and presence, and I extend my sympathy to the family.
Kathryn A. Bowman, O’Fallon, Illinois, 62269