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Mara Anne Hoffner

August 3, 2007 — May 2, 2021

Mara Anne Hoffner

Mara Anne Hoffner, passed away suddenly Sunday, May 2, 2021. She was 13 years old.

Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 8, 2021 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mankato. Visitation will be from 4 – 7 p.m., Friday at Northview- North Mankato Mortuary, and one hour before the services on Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be donated to a mental health organization chosen by the family.

The service will be live streamed at:

Mara Anne Hoffner was born August 3, 2007, in Vermillion, SD, to Todd and Melodee (Rockwood) Hoffner. She was a vibrant, smart, and tenacious young lady who loved her parents, her sister, brother, and her dog, Maverick, with all of her heart.  She greatly enjoyed family time, especially watching the Mankato State football games since she was a baby. She loved downhill skiing, boating, and jet skiing. She was passionate about the outdoors, campfires, and especially being on the lake whether it was to the family camper on Madison Lake or in Chetek, WI for the  4th of July Liberty Fest, an extended family tradition each year. Mara was a fierce competitor playing cards with family and friends alike especially at the Hoffner family farm in Esmond, ND. Mara was fun-loving, had a trickster spirit and her bright light brought joy and happiness to everyone she encountered.  Mara enjoyed spending time with her friends and her extraordinary number of cousins. Throughout her life she participated in gymnastics, swimming, soccer, plays, and recently picked up the guitar.  As a seventh-grader she competitively participated on the Mankato East Diving Team. When she was in elementary school, she wanted to be a counselor and had a great desire to help people. She wanted to “work with people to help them solve their problems and feel better” because her abilities and talents include, “cheering people up, always being happy, caring, and kind.” She will be deeply be missed by her parents, family, and friends. 

Mara is survived by her parents Todd and Melodee Hoffner; sister, Kiaya Hoffner; brother, Brady Hoffner all of Eagle Lake; paternal grandparents, Leo and Arlene Hoffner (Esmond, North Dakota); maternal grandfather, Richard Rockwood (Meridian, ID); aunts and uncles, Dan and Sharon Rockwood (Menomonie, WI,) Cathie and Guy Gilbert (Barron, WI), Christie Silva (Eau Claire, WI), Curt and Marie Rockwood (Nampa, ID), Jennifer and Ed Schofield (Chetek, WI), Travis Rockwood (Nampa, ID), Elizabeth Smith (Saint Paul, MN) Sarah Rockwood (Saint Paul, MN), Melinda and Richard Rodriguez (Houston, TX), Bernie and Vern Roller (Bismarck, ND), Terry and Tracy Hoffner (Algona, WA) Jady and Karla Hoffner (Fargo, ND), Karen Hoffner (Maddock, ND); extraordinary amount of cousins.

She is preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Kathleen Fagan; two uncles, Greg Hoffner and Mickey Hoffner.

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Past Services


Friday, May 7, 2021

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Northview - North Mankato Mortuary

2060 Commerce Dr, North Mankato, MN 56003

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Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

632 S Broad St, Mankato, MN 56001

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