Janet Estra (Moles) Hofer, of Warrenton, born January 18, 1939, Kansas City, Missouri, died October 5, 2018.
She was the beloved spouse of Florian “Red” Hofer; the mother of Patrick (Kathleen), Susan Hofer McCarthy (John), Karen Hofer Luecke (John) and Anna Hofer Vanhoy (Michael); grandmother of Mary Catherine, Elizabeth and Will Hofer, Caitlin, Moira, Cullen and Fiona McCarthy, Julianna, John Leo and Christy Luecke and Kyle and Noah Vanhoy.
The daughter of Kentucky and Missouri pioneers, she herself struck out as a pioneer from her and Red’s hometown of Humboldt, Kansas, for the desert of New Mexico following Red’s and her graduation from Emporia State Teachers’ College in 1961, raising their four children there as Red’s job took them up and down the Rio Grande. Following the family’s move to Northern Virginia in 1971, Janet gave increasing time to her lifelong interest in history, working at historical sites and volunteering for and heading historical societies in Great Falls and Warrenton, while successfully shepherding her children through high school and college.
Red and Janet moved to their dream home in Warrenton in 1991. There, she took great joy in preparing for and participating in holiday and family gatherings, restoring the property, sitting on the front porch and feeling the sun on her face and taking care of the love of her life. Janet’s true legacy is the love she unhesitatingly and selflessly showed to everyone, most especially her family, but also to everyone she met.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton, at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 11. The family will receive family and friends for visitation Wednesday, October 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial donation to the Janet Moles Hofer and Florian Hofer Scholarship Fund of Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, or to the Friends of the Humboldt Public Library, Humboldt, Kansas.