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Oral "Orrie" I. Shoff

Funeral services for Oral “Orrie” Irene Shoff will be held at 11 a.m. Friday September 6th at First Lutheran Church with visitation one hour prior to the service. Rev. John Holt will officiate. Interment will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery. Online condolences welcome at

Orrie passed away peacefully on September 3, 2019 at CottageWood Senior Communities in Rochester, MN where she had been a resident for the past ten months. She was born to Alf and Mina (Thorpe) Larson in Superior, Wisconsin. Orrie attended schools in Superior, Ellendale and graduated from Hayfield where her father was principal. She attended Augsburg College where she graduated with a teaching degree. She later earned her bachelor’s degree from Mankato State University. After first teaching in Wanamingo, she taught elementary education for over thirty years in Albert Lea.

On June 8, 1952, Orrie married Niles R. Shoff in Storden, MN. Together they raised eight children in Albert Lea. She is survived  by Greg (Sally) Shoff of Hastings, Michigan; Susan (Mike) Zmyslony of Moose Lake and their children Jenna and John; Cindy (Rick) Steinberg of Eagle Lake and their children Garrett (Anastacia), Caylin, Kalli and Camryn; Laura Brink of Springfield and her children Nicholas and Coltan; Mike Shoff of St. Louis Park and his children Ben and Lauren; David (Laurie) Shoff of Rochester and their son Peter; Christopher Shoff of Albert Lea.

She was preceded in death by husband Dr. Niles R. Shoff, parents Alf and Mina Larson, son Brad, brother Don Larson, and brother-in-law Willis Shoff.

She is also survived by sisters-in-law Lois Larson and Geyne Shoff, cousins, nieces and nephews.

With her family by her bedside, we remember her for her strength, dedication and love. She will be in our hearts forever.

Memorials preferred to Peace and Power at First Lutheran Church.

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