Wauneta Irene (Nihart) Hofstetter 1925-2018
Our beloved Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma, Great-Great Grandma, and Sister passed away on March 22, 2018 in Chewelah, Washington. Wauneta Irene (Nihart) Hofstetter was born on August 15, 1925 in The Dalles, Oregon to Harry & Ella (Behrens) Nihart.
The family lived across the river at Wishram. Wauneta lived her early years at Pasco. The family later moved to Daisy, Washington around 1938. She had 3 younger half sisters: Donna, Julia and Joyce. She attended school at Pasco and Hunters. With no formal training, she could play piano by ear.
She met the love of her life, Orval Hofstetter, at a Ward School dance. They were married on May 30, 1941 at Coeur d’Alene, ID. They were married over 61 years. They made their home at Daisy on Orval’s grandparents’ farm. They were blessed with 6 children: Garry, Judy, Sandra, Calvin, Rena and Jackie. Orval and Wauneta farmed, logged and ranched in the Daisy/Gifford area for more than 55 years. In 1999, due to Orval’s declining health, they moved to Chewelah where Wauneta lived until her passing.
She was a member of the Daisy-Gifford Homemaker’s Club and a 50-plus year member of the Stranger Creek Grange. She and Orval began and continued to hold the Evergreen School Reunion for many years.
Wauneta loved hunting, metal detecting, yard sales/second hand stores, going to the casino, gardening, Westerns, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Chinese Checkers and her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, stepfather Leigh Deaver, sisters Joyce Lehman and Julia Braucher, granddaughters Debra and Paula Singer, grandsons Joey Hofstetter and Tony McCrea, son-in-law Mike Gannon and her beloved dog, Lady.
She is survived by her six children. Garry & Judy Hofstetter of Gifford, Judy & Bill Singer of Cedonia, Sandra McCrea of Wellpinit, Calvin & Doris Hofstetter of Spokane Valley, Rena Gannon of Camp Hill, PA and Jackie Schwartz of Hunters, 30 grandchildren, 75 great grandchildren and 33 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Donna Howell of Pasco, her brother-in-law Del Lehman of Kettle Falls, sons-in-law Mick McCrea of Fruitland, and Mick Schwartz of Hunters, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held with a graveside service to follow at Maud Cemetery in Gifford, WA. Please contact the Danekas Funeral Chapel 509-935-8411 or 509-684-6271 for the time, date and location. Visit the online memorial for more information and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Donations can be made in honor of Wauneta at the charity of your choice.