Finch Juhre Hoffer

May 10, 2001 11:00 pm

Finch Juhre Hoffer, born Aug. 20, 1930, in Oak Park, Ill., died May 1, 2001.

She is survived by her husband Thomas William Hoffer of Brookings; her daughter, Heidi Finch Hoffer-Zierau of Stillwater, Okla., and her son, Michael McGowan Hoffer of Joliet, Ill.

She pursued graduate studies at Arizona State College in Tempe and the American Academy of Art in Chicago after undergraduate studies at Lake Forest College in Illinois.

She was able to enjoy a number of working experiences in marketing, advertising and public relations.

She was assistant advertising manager of the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin. A few years later she formed her own business doing illustrating, copy writing and editing for a variety of clients. Her business gave her the flexibility to take on such positions as vice president of public relations at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill.

Later, she added a service bureau to the offerings of her business, providing copy writing, editing, typesetting and facilities for camera-ready materials for printing. Her customers included large and small advertising agencies, printers and businesses needing a variety of services.

She donated her services to the Lockport Development Commission in Illinois and helped secure recognition for several buildings and areas as National Historic Trust sites. She also helped the city acquire eligibility for designation as part of the popular Main Street Program.

She and her husband moved to Brookings in 1991 and she became involved in civic matters here. She donated her time to help the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Forest Service, the Azalea Quilters Guild and the Pelican Bay Arts Association.

During her term as president of the Brookings Area Council for the Arts, she wrote the successful grant applications for the amphitheater in Azalea Park. It was shortly after this that a series of illnesses cut short her ability to donate her time and services to her new home town.

At her request, there will not be a funeral. In lieu of flowers, she asks that memorial gifts be given to the Brookings Area Council for the Arts or the Humane Society.