She was born Jan. 10, 1938, in Allen County, the daughter of Eugene and Gertrude (Fuhrman) Radke. The Radke family moved several times, even settling in Arkansas for a time before returning to the Columbia City area. Carol graduated from Columbia City High School in 1956.
On June 23, 1956 she was united in marriage to Richard L. Hoffman at the Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Graham Kleespie officiating.
Carol was employed at Blue Bell until becoming a stay at home mother. In 1975 she became the first part time secretary for Grace Lutheran Church and then spent 20 years as a typesetter for Columbia City Post & Mail before retiring in 2008.
A lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church, she was also a member of the Deborah Group. She established the Smith Township Worker Bees and served as their 4-H leader and was also a member of the Tawasi Extension Homemakers Club. Carol and Richard enjoyed 20 years of Western Square Dancing with Whitley County and Warsaw Circling Squares.
She is survived by her husband: Richard; two daughters: Rebecca (Tony) Mangas, Mansfield, Ohio; and Colleen Hoffman, Columbia City; a daughter-in-law: Karen Hoffman, Fort Wayne; six grandchildren: Joseph (Laura) Mangas; Timothy (Sara Kent) Mangas; Jordan (Amber) Hoffman; Michaela Hoffman; Chelsea (Jason) Kuse; and Joshua Franklin; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister: Connie Guenther, San Angelo, Texas.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son: Dean Hoffman; a grandson: Tristan Bender; a great grandson; and a brother: Gene Radke.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Grace Lutheran Church, Columbia City with visitation after 9:30 a.m. The burial will be in South Park Annex Cemetery. The visitation will also be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Preferred memorials are to Grace Lutheran Church.