Trudy Hofer, Administrative Assistant and Grief Services Coordinator at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN, completed a thoughtful service project on behalf of the funeral home. She and Bonnie Christians, along with help from Trudy’s three daughters, spent a few weeks volunteering their time and sewing skills to create 28 lap size quilts. They donated a quilt to each resident at the Center for Human Environment, a facility that provides housing and support for those with chronic alcoholism, mental illness, or developmental disabilities.

Trudy has had a spirit for giving particularly since her family was shown great kindness and compassion during her father’s difficult journey with prostate cancer. After his death, Trudy and her daughters began a goodwill operation of baking and selling cupcakes, called Cupcakes for Corky, in memory of her father, and they donate the proceeds to the Altru Cancer Center and Camp Good Mourning. Undoubtedly, Trudy’s benevolence positively affects Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home and the surrounding community. Trudy says, “I am always trying to think of new things to do on behalf of the funeral home for the community and the families we serve. I recently starting quilting for myself, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to work on my sewing skills and give something homemade to those in need.”

January 2019