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Cathy Engelby

Cathy Engelby, age 56, of Hoffman, died peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010 with her family, Steve, Kristel, Darcie, Steve and Judy at her bedside at the Good Samaratin Center in Hoffman following her courageous battle with cancer.

Cathy was born in Graceville on Aug. 24, 1953, the daughter of William (Bill) and Lorna (Jurgens) Boerner. One of five children, she grew up on the family farm where she learned the benefit of hard work and hard play which served her well in her future. Cathy was baptized, confirmed and married at Kongsvinger Lutheran Church of Donnelly. Cathy graduated from Herman High School in 1971 and from Moorhead Tech in 1972. In the Spring of 1972 she started her first job with the State of Minnesota in Education in St. Paul. She loved her jobs with the State of Minnesota. She worked for the Departments of Education, Welfare and Natural Resources. On Nov. 29, 1980 she was united in marriage to Steven Engelby. Together they spent their life in Hoffman, later moving to their home outside of town. They had two daughters, Kristel, born in 1982 and Darcie, born in 1983.

Cathy was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Hoffman. She cherished her family and friends, always enjoyed the "potlucks and can parties" at Elk Lake. She enjoyed playing softball, her fishing trips to the Lake of the Woods at Angle Outpost Resort and later Flag Island Resort, deer hunting with the Buckridge Hunting Club, especially hunting in the nook with the pretty deer. She loved to crochet, embroider, knit, sew and can, sharing her love for this with the gifts she gave to family and friends. The Crochet Group, and Cooking Class Group was very special to her. Cathy's passion was her family Steve, Kristel and Darcie, later adding wonderful son-in-law, Steve was a huge bonus to her. She cherished her family, encouraged her daughters and followed her daughters with their sports activities. She was always so proud and thankful for each of them. Cathy had a coureageous, determined and very positive attitude which she showed to all those around her. She taught all that knew her how to fight cancer and later pass on with respect.

She was survived by: husband, Steven of Hoffman; two daughters: Kristel and Steve Strittmatter of Hawley; Darcie Engelby of Fargo, N.D.; two brothers: Alan (Bonnie) Boerner of British Columbia, Canada; Jerry (Colleen) of New Jersey; two sisters: Judy (Tom) Green of Kensington; Vicki (Doug) Engelby of Nashua; brothers-in-law LeWayne and Fran Engelby and Daryl and Kristi Engelby and many wonderful neices and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Allen Engelby.

A memorial service for Cathy Engelby will be held on Saturday, Aug. 7, 11 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church in Hoffman with Rev. Steve Olson officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 6, from 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church in Hoffman and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Music will be proivided by Bev Yochim and Faye Giese. Honorary urn bearers are Nathan Engelby, Ryan Engelby, Matthew Engelby, Chris Engelby, Keven Engelby, Wade Boerner, Zac Boerner and Steve Strittmatter. Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. www.ander