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Obituary: Hoefer, Sheila (Brennan)

Age 74

HOEFER, Sheila (Brennan) January 19, 1940 - December 5, 2014 After a courageous battle with cancer, Sheila passed peacefully from the arms of her husband to the arms of our lord on December 5, 2014.

Sheila was born January 19, 1940 in Longmont, Colorado the oldest child of four to Thomas and Virginia Brennan.

She attended school in Cheyenne, Wyoming, graduating from St. Mary’s High School in 1958.

After a year of “Finishing”, at Mt.

St. Mary’s College in Santa Monica, California, she returned to the University of Wyoming, graduating with a degree in Art and French in 1962.

During her last year, she served as President of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.

Sheila and her husband were married at the Cathedral in Cheyenne on June 23, 1962.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Rufus Hoefer of Spokane, WA; their son, Dr. Scott Hoefer and Jen Clifford, and six grandchildren, Aiden, William, John, Joel, Andie and Ella of Spokane, WA; son,Steven Hoefer (Eileen) and five grandchildren, Connor, Sam, Dylan, McKenzie, and Emma of Silver Spring, MD and daughter Meredith Choquette (Joe) and two grandchildren, Elise and Naomi of Omaha, NE.

Sheila is also survived by her brother, Emmett C. Brennan (Susan) of Denver C0; her sister, Rogene Peak (Jim) of Laramie, WY; her sister Patricia Edwards (Charles) of Evergreen, CO.; a cousin, Carolyn Crowe of Santa Monica, CA.

Sheila was known for her wit, her watercolors, her fondness of gardening and her love for her community.

She always remembered her group of “Seven” at St. Mary’s High School, where she was a cheerleader.

She devoted herself to her family and seeing that they had a stable home life during the 22 moves they experienced during her husband’s military career.

After being somewhat settled in San Antonio, she began working for San Pedro Presbyterian Church where she was accepted as family.

She also lent her talents for several years to the Arch Diocese of San Antonio.

Her love for watercolor painting led her to becoming a life member of the River Art Gallery in San Antonio where she displayed and sold her artwork.

Sheila’s faith continued to grow especially through her participation as an ACTS retreatant and retreat team member at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton parish.

She loved her team members as sisters.

Her “last” move to Spokane took place in September, 2006.

Sheila quickly made a number of very close friends including Mercedes and Cynthia Tate, the fabulous ladies at the Curves on 37th, and the fellow artists in Sue Rohrback’s classes at the South Side Senior Center.

Her foundation in her faith remained strong and she was a devoted member of Our Lady of Fatima parish on the South Hill.

A special thanks to all who participated in Sheila’s final days, including Dr. Ward Chow and staff, Dr. Peter Schlegel and the wonderful and compassionate staff of Cancer Care Northwest, Dr. McKay and great nurses at Gamma Knife of Spokane, and of course the marvelous and family like staff and atmosphere of Hospice of Spokane.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on December 17th, 2014 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 3327 S. Perry Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Sheila’s name may be made to Our Lady of Fatima.

Interment at Queen of Peace Cemetery will be a private family affair.

Please visit Sheila’s online tribute at

Arrangements have been entrusted to:

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