Dorothy Mae (née, Jacobson) Hoffman - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

Dorothy Mae (née, Jacobson) Hoffman

May 26, 1934 - August 25, 2023

Dorothy Mae Hoffman, 89, of Richfield, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on August 25, 2023. She was born on May 26, 1934, in Madison, Minnesota, to Clifford and Julia Nesvold Jacobson. Following graduation from high school in Madison, Dorothy began college studies at St. Olaf College. She studied Education at the University of Minnesota, Mankato. Dorothy then taught at Shirley Hills Elementary School for two years and then for several more years for the school district of St. Louis Park. Once she and Oliver had children, she focused on family life; when the children were older, she became certified as a Special Education Teacher, and taught in the Richfield public schools. She was a member of Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis since 1960. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Oliver: they grew up together, were best friends and were married 57 years. She was preceded in death by her brother, Gordon of Escondido, California, and sister, Jean of Mankato. She is survived by her children, Ellen Belk of Allen, Texas, Paul Hoffman of Golden Valley, and Lisa Upchurch of Tacoma, Washington, seven grandchildren, and many other relatives. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend to all. The family will receive relatives and friends on October 5th at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 8400 France Avenue S, Bloomington, Minnesota, 55431: 1:00PM visitation, 2:00PM service, 3:00PM Celebration of Life with refreshments. The service will also be streamed. Please click here to watch the livestream.

Memorial donations may be made in Dorothy’s name to the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation, 117 E. Louisa Street, #443, Seattle, WA 98102,


  1. Scott Hoffman says:

    Dorothy will never be forgotten as she will always be in our hearts. I am proud she is my aunt and I never once heard her complain about anything or anyone. She has a heart of gold and an inspiration to countless people.

  2. Eliz C A Johnson says:

    I have the great Good Fortune to know her and Ollie. She’s a lovely beautiful spirit. I miss them both.


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