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Peter Edward Hofland, 89, was born on a small farm, six miles north of New York Mills on Oct. 11, 1923 to Harry and Veronica Hofland. He was the 11th of 12 children in the family.

Growing up for Pete was very challenging, especially during his earlier years when most things were done by hand and money was extremely tight since it was during The Depression. Their faith in the Lord was strong. As he grew up, things got better as the family was able to acquire more land and get into raising cattle, hogs and sheep. Their first vehicle was a Model T Ford truck.

In 1950, Peter was married to Agnes Leona VandenBerghe at Holy Cross Church, Butler. They made their home on the farm located about one mile north of Butler. Pete enjoyed playing the harmonica and the accordion for family and friends. Pete was a loved dad, farmer, avid seeker of used machinery and parts. He had a phenomenal ability to fix machinery and sell them. When people came to the farm in need of machinery or parts, it was amazing how well he knew what and where everything was (years before the computer age)!

Pete and Agnes moved from the farm in 1982 to the new house they built just a quarter mile south of the farm. There he enjoyed living in the country, which was close to most of their children, for many years. His wife, Agnes, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and was cared for in their home with family care and support for about eight years until her needs became greater. On Sept. 21, 2011, Jesus and the angels took his devoted wife. Pete continued to live in his home until Oct 1, 2013. At Perham Health, shortly after 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct 3, while surrounded with family, the Good Lord called him home.

Pete's hobbies and interests included summer and winter fishing, hunting, socializing and tinkering with new ways to improve tools and machinery. His family and friends were often entertained by his talent for telling stories and his joke-telling ability. He enjoyed his four-wheeler for many years by taking it to visit his sons and their families nearby.

He is preceded in death by his spouse, Agnes (VandenBerghe) Hofland; parents, Harry and Veronica Hofland; sisters, Gertrude, Nellie, Annie, Veronica; and brothers, Casey, Jack, Ted, Harry, John.

Surviving family include daughters: Nancy Anne (Henry) Imsande, Bemidji, Minn.; Mary Anne (Ronald) Linden, Rochert, Minn.; Susan Elizabeth (Daryl) Ruther, Richville; Gloria Marie (Daniel) Ziegler, Ceresco, Mich.; sons: James Edward (Jayne) Hofland, New York Mills; Paul Stephen Hofland, Bemidji, Minn.; Mark Patrick (Michelle) Hofland, New York Mills; Stephen Michael (Glenda) Hofland, New York Mills; David Michael (Sally) Hofland, New York Mills; 24 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Nick (Dot) Hofland, Perham; sister, Thecla Hofland, Petaluma, Calif.; other relatives and a host of friends.

Arrangements were provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills. Online tributes may be posted at