Hazel L. Zoffka

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hazel L. Zoffka, age 99, of Schaller, died Jan. 7, 2011 in Storm Lake.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Schaller United Methodist Church in Schaller. Burial will be in the Schaller Cemetery in Schaller. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Schaller is in charge of the arrangements.

Hazel L. (Walton) Zoffka was born on April 15, 1911 to George and Addie May (Daily) Walton in Alta. She joined the Schaller United Methodist Church in 1947 and continued to celebrate her faith there throughout her life. Hazel attended grade school and graduated from Alta High School.

On Dec. 28, 1932 Hazel was united in marriage to Roy B. Zoffka. Together they were blessed with three children: Patricia, Jeralyn, and Donavon.

Hazel was employed as a cook at the Schaller Hospital and at the Schaller School. Hazel was known for her delicious family dinners, which often included their favorites, cinnamon rolls and strawberry pie. She also shared her love of cooking by chairing the funeral dinners at the Schaller Methodist Church years, catering Rotary and many other community functions. She stayed very active in the UMW of the church and being the chair for the Memorial Committee.

She was often a caregiver for her many grandchildren and is remembered for the morning coffees and "cheating" at games.

Those left to cherish Hazel's memory include her children: Donovan (Carol) Zoffka of Glendale, Arizona and Jeralyn (Ray) Voss of Schaller; son-in-law Col. Don Risk of Fort Washington, Md.; grandchildren: David (Pauline) Risk of South Windsor, Conn.; Doug (Kaye) Risk of Welcome, Md.; Julie Geopfert of Fort Dodge; James (Diane) Voss of Ames; Jeffrey (Tammy) Voss of Schaller; Jon (Julie) Voss of Lee's Summit, Mo.; Jason Zoffka of Phoenix, Ariz.; 10 great-grandchildren; 4 step-great grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; 8 step-great-great-grandchildren; extended family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; daughter, Patricia Risk; her parents: five brothers: Archie, Albert Clarence, Delbert and Forest; and four sisters: Florence, Blanche, Patricia and Mabel.