Charles A. ‘Charlie’ Hoefer, 90, a long-time resident of Epworth, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

A private family visitation was held Monday, Nov. 30, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth.

A private family Mass of Christian burial for Charles was held Monday, Nov. 30, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Epworth, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Lector was Mindie Nauman. Eucharistic Minister was Vickie Nauman. Placing of the Pall was done by Steve Hoefer, Stan Hoefer, Vickie Nauman, Cindy Leibold and Dennis Hoefer. The services were live-streamed at 1:30 p.m. on the St. Elizabeth Pastorate Facebook page. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Epworth. Casketbearers were Andrew Elsinger, Nicholas Elsinger, Charles Elsinger, Kristy Goldsmith, Tony Hoefer, Valoree Hoefer, Andy Hoefer and Danielle Camp.

He was born March 22, 1930, in Centralia, son of Eugene and Katherine (Oberbroeckling) Hoefer. He was united in marriage to Clarice Lavon Smith Feb. 15, 1950, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Farley. She preceded him in death in 2012.

Charlie farmed for a few years and was employed at Good Year Service Store for five years before starting his career at H & W Express, retiring in 1991 after 25 years.

Charlie and Lavon felt very fortunate to retire on the same day and start the next phase in life together. Over the years they enjoyed their grandchildren’s many activities, going on vacations, playing cards with their friends and just spending time together. In retirement, Charlie also took up woodworking and made many beautiful gifts for his children and grandchildren. Charlie and Lavon loved Christmas and took pride in decorating their yard with an elaborate holiday display for all to enjoy. In the last few years Charlie enjoyed cruising around Epworth on his red scooter with the Chicago Cubs flag proudly displayed. His family was his pride and joy.

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Epworth, and a member of the Teamsters UAW.

Charlie is survived by his five children: Steve “Buck” Hoefer and Stan (Nancy) Hoefer both of Epworth, Vickie (Gene) Nauman of Lake-in-the-Hills, Ill., Cindy (Joe) Leibold of Farley and Dennis ‘D.J.’ (Barb) Hoefer of Clinton; 18 grandchildren: Heather (Greg) Pay, Jamie (Kristy) Hoefer, Sarah (Dustin) Seda, Tony Hoefer, Andy (Crystal) Hoefer, Kristy (Brent) Goldsmith, Mindie (Trace) Nauman-Gosell, Katie (Jarad) Alley, Rex (Rosalinda) Nauman, Kellie (Bob) Ward, Charlie (Tina) Elsinger, Michael (Megan) Elsinger, Andrew (Elizabeth) Elsinger, Nicholas (Carrie) Elsinger, Valoree (Rob Rice) Hoefer, Danielle (Tony) Camp, Scott Hoefer and Todd Hoefer; 32 great grandchildren; his siblings, Kathleen Funke of Worthington and Bill (Anna Mae) Hoefer of Marion; brothers and sisters-in-law: Virgil Smith, Mitzi Hosch and Sally Coyle all of Cascade, Kay Smith, Karen Smith and Earl Haverman all of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings and in-laws: Clara and Gene Kuehn, Genevieve and Ray Regan, Maurice and Norine Hoefer, John and Virginia Hoefer, Don Funke, Helen Haberman, Virginia and Melvin Leibold, Margie and Carl Frank, Dorothy and Paul Lehman, Jim and Veda Smith, Dave Hosch, Mary Smith and Melvin Coyle.

The family would like to thank the staff of River Bend Retirement Community, Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their compassionate care.

Anyone unable to attend may send memorials to Reiff Funeral Home, ATTN: Charles Hoefer family, P.O. Box 250, Epworth, IA 52045. A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences sent to the family at