August 8, 2017


Janice Marie Hoffmann, 67, of Panama, Iowa, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Panama, Iowa.

Janice Marie Hoffmann, daughter of Thomas J. and Julia (Sokol) Oseka, was born Oct. 26, 1949, in Omaha, Nebraska.  She attended Papillion Grade and High Schools.  After graduation in 1968, Jan attended Capitol Beauty School of Hairstyling in Omaha receiving her cosmetology license. There she met some fun classmates from Iowa, Shelby County. She became a visitor at her classmates’ homes, and they introduced her to some nice young men of Iowa, and one became a very good friend and lover.

On Sept. 5, 1970, Janice married Donald M. Hoffmann at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Papillion, Nebraska.  They resided southwest of Panama where Don farmed. She opened Jan’s Beauty Salon in Portsmouth, Iowa, from 1980 until 1993, then worked at Little Flower Haven in Earling, Iowa, until retiring in 2015 from being the head of the housekeeping department.  

She enjoyed cooking and tending to her flower and vegetable gardens.  At family gatherings, Jan was famous for her chocolate caramel brownies and chicken noodle soup.  She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 601, Panama, Iowa, until her death.

After her husband Don’s death, it was Jan’s goal to harass her nephew Josh to propose to Carlie, and she succeeded.

Janice is survived by her brothers-in-law Kenneth Hoffmann and his wife Delores of Omaha, Nebraska; Richard Hoffmann of Appleton, Wisconsin; Allen Hoffmann and his wife Gina of Panama, Iowa; Jerry Hoffmann and his wife Sharon of Panama; Marvin Hoffmann of Webster City, Iowa; sister-in-law Marilyn and her husband Gary Borkowski of Carroll, Iowa; best friend Janie Erlbacher of Earling, Iowa; many nieces and nephews; other family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Don Hoffmann, and her siblings.