Hoffmann celebrating 100th birthday

100 YEARS YOUNG–Audrey Hoffmann, second from left, will be celebrating her 100th birthday this Saturday. She is pictured with her children: Donna DeWilde, David Hoffmann and Judy Niemann. Red Bud Regional Care, where Hoffmann resides, is trying to collect 100 birthday cards to celebrate her milestone birthday.

If there’s one piece of advice Audrey Hoffmann would like to give on living for a century, it’s to take more pictures.

Hoffmann was born on March 30, 1919 and will be celebrating her 100th birthday this Saturday at Red Bud Regional Care. She, along with her three children – Donna DeWilde, David Hoffman and Judy Niemann – met with the North County Newsrecently to talk about the occasion.

Originally from the Foster Pond/Wartburg area, Hoffmann has spent all of her life in the local area. The second oldest of six children, she had four brothers (including a set of twins) and one sister. Only her youngest brother, Wilbert Kohlmier, and she still survive.

She married Louis Hoffmann on Oct. 26, 1941 and they had three children. He passed away in 1997. Hoffmann currently has six grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

“Things have changed,” Hoffmann reflected, commenting about her younger life.

She grew up during the Great Depression, and so even to this day, saving and making good use of everything was very important to Hoffmann. Her children commented that she learned, and then taught to them, the importance of hard work and not to waste things.

For more on Hoffmann, please see this week’s print edition.