Tombstone Tuesday-Mabel Hofmann

Mabel Hofmann, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Mabel Hofmann, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Dau. of Theo. C. & Mollie
16 Aug 1920-21 Jan 1935
Lam. Jer. 3. 31-33

“Mabel” Anna Elisabeth Hofmann was born in Willshire Township on 16 August 1920, the fourth child born to Theodor C. (1884-1969) and Amalia “Mollie” (Schinnerer) (1883-1955) Hofmann. She was baptized at home by Rev. George J. Meyer on 27 August 1920 with Mrs. Anna Hofmann and Mrs. Elisabeth Scaer serving as her sponsors. Elisabeth (Schinnerer) Scaer was Mollie Hofmann’s sister and she was also my great-grandmother.

The Theodor Hofmann family in 1930: Theodor, 46; Mollie, 47; Esther, 18; Paul, 16; Velma, 15; Mable, 9; and Herbert, 7. [1] The father Theodor was a farmer.

Mabel Hofmann died in Van Wert County on 21 January 1935, at the age of 14 years, 5 months, and 5 days. She was buried on the 24th.

Mabel Hoffman had the following siblings:
Esther Florentina (1912-1998) married Erwin Aumann
Paul Lawrence (1913-1977) married Alda Kellermeier
Velma Laura (1915-2010) married Edgar Ehlerding
Herbert Henry (1922-2009) married Mary Lou Hinen

[1] 1930 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 24, p.4A, dwelling 71, family 73, Theo C Hoffman; digital image by subscription,, viewed 23 Jan 2022.

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