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Get to know our experienced staff at Hoff Funeral Homes. Each member is dedicated to alleviating the stress and grief associated with the death of a loved one. We provide peace of mind, available 24/7 for your convenience.


lowell.hoffIn Memory of Lowell Hoff

Founder, 1928-2002

Lowell was raised on a family farm outside of Downing, Wisconsin, where he also graduated from High School. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his armed forces commitment he graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Mortuary Science. Lowell worked for various Milwaukee funeral homes before purchasing the Sellner Funeral Home of St. Charles in 1969. In 1983, his son Tim joined him at Hoff Funeral Home. In 1994, son Gary joined the firm.

Lowell was active in the St. Charles United Methodist Church, Lions Club, and the Osman Temple of the Shriners. With the Shriners he enjoyed being a part of local parades with his 1970 Ford XL convertible. Lowell died Memorial Day morning of 2002 with his American Legion uniform set out on his changing chair for him to wear in that days parade. Lowell is survived by his wife Joan, three children Lori, Tim and Gary and 12 grandchildren. We miss you, Dad.

IMG_3462cTim Hoff

MN and WI Licensed Funeral Director

Certified Funeral Celebrant

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Tim is a graduate of St. Charles High School and a 1980 graduate of the University of MN, Department of Mortuary Science. Jenny is a Registered Nurse, graduating from the Rochester Community College School of Nursing in 1980. They joined Tim’s father Lowell in 1983. Tim and Jenny are both involved in the Children’s Grief Connection, which offers Hearts of Hope family grief camp. Tim is past president of the MN Funeral Directors Association and the Lewiston Lions Club. They have four children, Ashley, Alyssa, Danielle and Tyler. Tim serves as a funeral director, Jenny as office manager and family care counselor.

IMG_3459cGary Hoff

MN and WI Licensed Funeral Director

Certified Funeral Celebrant

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Gary is a 1981 graduate of St. Charles High School in St. Charles, MN. He attended Winona State University in Winona, MN for two years and the University of MN Duluth for one year. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in March of 1985. Gary served his year of internship at the Olson – Schwartz Funeral Home in Bemidji, MN. He then worked at Ranfranz Funeral Home in Rochester, MN until 1992, when he moved to Rushford, MN to join the family business. He is active in his community serving on the church council and in the Rushford Lions Club, where he runs the annual Rushford Lions Childrens Fund Golfathon. Gary also enjoys coaching in the Rushford Elementary Wrestling Program. Gary manages the Rushford and Houston Chapels of Hoff Funeral Homes. In his spare time enjoys golfing, cross country ski racing, water skiing, and fishing. Gary and his wife Sue have four children.

IMG_3457cJenny Hoff

Certified Funeral Celebrant

Office Manager

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Jenny wears a variety of hats for Hoff Funeral Homes. Some days, she’s behind the desk managing the offices of the St. Charles and Winona, MN locations. Other days, Jenny might be fulfilling her role as certified funeral celebrant, where she assists families in planning unique and memorable services for their loved one.

Her goal is to always inspire the families Hoff Funeral Homes serves and to celebrate lives in meaningful ways. Jenny contributes to Hoff’s mission in helping families understand the service is about the person who died but it is truly for the family who is left behind. “Services help families start to heal and to begin to figure out how to live life without their loved one in it.”

Jenny grew up in New Prague, MN and today calls St. Charles home   Jenny and her husband Tim have four grown children and 4 grandchildren. Being a grandma is her favorite role. 

Another hat she wears? The MN Vikings, much to the dismay of her Packer-loving family. Time spent golfing and enjoying their lake home are also at the top of her list. Jenny and Tim are active with the Children’s Grief Connection, a camp for families who have lost someone special.

Sue Hoff

Office Manager

Funeral Assistant

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Sue was raised in Hayward, WI and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a degree in Dental Hygiene. Sue began her career at Mayo Clinic in the periodontics section of the Dental Department. She is married to Gary and they have four children, Gretchen, Alex, Nick and Olivia.

Sue enjoys being active in the Rushford community.  Currently, she is a board member of the R-P Mat Club, is president of Rushford-Peterson’s Partners in Education, a Knowledge Bowl volunteer/coach, and a member of the Rushford-Peterson School Design Team.  She has been a Girl Scout Leader, Sunday School Teacher, and is a past member of the Rushford Community Foundation.

In her free time Sue enjoys reading, sewing, and knitting. She is passionate about photography, especially sports photography. Some of Sue’s outdoor pursuits include straw bale gardening, walking her two Labs, cross country skiing, and biking the Root River Trail.

IMG_3465cAshley Hoff-Czapleweski

MN and WI Licensed Funeral Director

Certified Crematory Operator

Certified Funeral Celebrant

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Ashley is a licensed funeral director in MN and WI. She is also a certified funeral celebrant and certified crematory operator. She received her degree in mortuary science from the University of MN. Ashley serves on the board of the MN Funeral Director’s Association, is a member of the Goodview Business Association and serves on the Goodview Economic Development Authority.

Ashley is a third generation funeral director, following in her grandpa, dad and uncle’s footsteps. She says, “I love my job. I truly enjoy helping people through one of the most difficult times in their lives and helping them find creative ways to celebrate and remember the person who died.”

She and her husband, Brandon, recently realized their dream of country living and live just outside of Winona. In December 2016, they welcomed their first child, Brooks. Ashley enjoys spending time on the river, gardening, hunting, hiking throughout their property and spending time with family and friends.

IMG_3473cKatie Ryder

Licensed Funeral Director and Cremation Specialist

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Katie’s road to becoming a funeral director is kind of unique.  She first attended Viterbo University where she obtained her degree in Psychology.  While in school for her first degree she met her husband, Kalen, and had 2 kids, Avery and Huntley.  But it wasn’t until the death of her mother in 2013 that she decided to pursue a career as a funeral director. Katie attended the University of MN where she not only graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science, but also had her and Kalen’s third child, Jansen.

In her free time, Katie enjoys anything outdoors and living in Trempealeau, WI provides many outlets for that.  Whether it be going on the river with her family, hunting and fishing with her husband, or gardening there is always something to do.

Cole Skadsem

MN and WI Licensed Funeral Director

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Cole was raised on the Iron Range in Chisholm, MN, and is a 2017 graduate of the Mortuary Science Program at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. It was there he met his wife and future funeral director, Laine, on their orientation day.  Cole and Laine began their careers in Hudson, WI, and spent nearly two years in the St. Cloud area before deciding it was time to settle in St. Charles and eagerly join the Hoff team.

Cole receives his funeral service pedigree from his cousin, Matt, of Bertas Funeral Home in Chaska, MN. He became determined to help others through grief and loss following the death of his grandfather, Bill, during his senior year of high school.

Outside of work, Cole can be found playing basketball in one of the many area gyms, shooting triple-bogey on a par 4, or hiking trails at a state park with Laine.

Laine Skadsem

MN and WI Licensed Funeral Director

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Laine D. (Halverson) Skadsem grew up in Utica, MN and graduated from Lewiston-Altura High School in 2012. She attended Rochester Community and Technical College before transferring to the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Campus. There she met the love of her life, Cole Skadsem in the program of Mortuary Science and together they graduated with the Class of 2017. The couple married in 2018 in Woodville, Wisconsin. Laine is a licensed funeral director in Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as a certified crematory operator. She has also spent time guiding grieving individuals through grief support. She and Cole live in St. Charles and are members of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Lewiston.

When Laine isn’t working you can find her hiking in state parks or walking the trails in St. Charles. She also revels in a good mystery novel or watching her favorite television show, The Golden Girls. Laine is a loyal Minnesota Vikings fan and enjoys sporting the purple pride. Travelling to new places in the United States and internationally with Cole is a tradition she treasures.

Lisa Hawkinson

Pre-Planning Specialist

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Lisa is from small town Elysian, MN, and moved to Winona to attend Winona State University where she received a degree in Social Work.   She has remained in Winona where she and her husband Matt, have raised their 3 children. After spending 18 years driving her kids around and volunteering in their activities, it was time to channel her energy elsewhere.

She joined the Hoff staff December 2018 as a PrePlanning Specialist helping people plan their funerals in advance. She enjoys meeting new people each day and listening to their life story. Although death isn’t an easy topic to talk about or to plan for, people are relieved once they have planned as it helps ease the stress for the family.  One of the most rewarding parts of her day is making people feel at ease knowing they have their final wishes planned and financially taken care of.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering, being outdoors, reading a book and doing puzzles.


Charlie Hoff, CCO

Chief Comfort Officer

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Charlie was born just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana to Meadowpark Labradoodles and at 8 weeks of age, was specifically chosen to be trained as a Therapy Dog for Hoff Funeral Home by Ultimate Canine. When he was only 5 months old, he came to his first official day of work! He has been comforting everyone who walks through the door since!

He spends his days lounging around the office until he is needed. He is available to sit with a family who is making arrangements for their loved one or to be present at a funeral or visitation if a family would like. He knows some specialty commands such as visit, snuggle and knuckles that he loves to show off.

When he is not at work, he loves to run around at home with his four-legged brother, Gunner and lay next to (or on top of) his two-legged brother, Brooks. Charlie is happiest to just be around people.


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