One seriously injured in Great Bend explosion
One person received what were described as critical injuries in an explosion reported at 3:08 a.m. Wednesday at 705 10th St. in Great Bend.
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Mary Hoffman 1914 - 2014
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Mary Hoffman 1914 - 2014

CLAFLIN — Mary Hoffman, 99, died Jan. 24, at Clara Barton Hospital Hoisington. Born Dec. 7, 1914, in Dubuque, she was the daughter of Venzel and Mary (Kvapil) Blazek. A lifelong area resident, she attended the Dubuque schools through the eighth grade. She worked as a cook for the Dubuque schools and later worked for Buehler’s Grocery Store in Claflin. On May 12, 1936, she married John Hoffman in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 1978. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, crocheting, and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Hoffman was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Altar Society both in Claflin.
Survivors include one son, LeRoy Hoffman of Mt. Vernon, Mo.; one daughter, Arlene Strube of Claflin; one brother, Frank Blazek of Humansville, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Frances Blazek of Kansas City, Mo.; ten grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren, and 18 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; three sisters, and one grandson, Curtis Hoffman.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Claflin with Father John Forkuoh as celebrant. Burial will follow at the Claflin Cemetery. Vigil service followed by an Altar Society Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. today at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Friends may call from 1 until 4 p.m. today at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington. Memorials are suggested to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home*
PO Box 146
Hoisington, Ks. 67544
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Jan. 26, 2014