Shirleen Marie Hoffman

February 2, 1957 - January 31, 2023

Shirleen Marie Hoffman, 65, of Lincoln, NE passed away peacefully on January 31, 2023 at Emerald Nursing and Rehab – Brookside in Lincoln, NE. Shirleen was born in Stromsburg, NE on February 2, 1957 to Edsel and Delores (Reetz) Carlson.

She was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Stromsburg on February 24, 1957 and was confirmed at Salem on May 16, 1971. Shirleen graduated from Stromsburg High School with the Class of 1975, then earned a business degree from Lincoln School of Commerce. After graduation, Shirleen accepted a position on the accounting staff at Centel Corporation in Lincoln, NE where she met her future husband, Robin L. Hoffman. They were married on April 26, 1980 at Salem Lutheran Church in Stromsburg.

Shirleen’s life was deeply enriched by her two loving sons, Brent and Eric, who will always remember her for her patience and kindness. She was an avid supporter of their academic and athletic activities, never missing their baseball, soccer, and basketball games and, in later years, rooting for her sons’ swimming competitions, bowling, and coaching. Loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Shirleen was entirely devoted to her family. Nothing could lighten up her face more than a visit from her two beautiful grandchildren.

Shirleen was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln where she previously served as a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Teacher.

She was a spirited and lifelong fan of Husker football and a more recent fan of Husker volleyball.

Survivors include her husband Robin of Lincoln; sons Brent of Lincoln, and Eric and wife Lacey of Lincoln; grandchildren Blake and Jessa Hoffman of Lincoln; siblings Warren Carlson of Stromsburg, Karleen Strayer of Wilmington, DE and Rod Carlson of Harlan, IA; sister-in-law Brenda Robinson of North Bend, NE; brothers-in-law John Rosman, Tom Strayer, and Jim Robinson; several nieces and nephews as well as a host of other relatives. Shirleen was preceded in death by her parents, Edsel and Delores Carlson; father and mother in law, Orval and Irene Hoffman; sister in law, Sandra Kay Hoffman; and sister and brother in law, Twila and Wilson Scott.

Memorials are suggested to the Special Olympics Nebraska and Grace Lutheran Church Foundation.

Services will be at Grace Lutheran Church, 2225 Washington Street, Lincoln, on February 3, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Emily Johnson officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at 1:00 P.M. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Waverly, NE.



Memorial Service


Grace Lutheran Church

2225 Washington Street, Lincoln, NE




Rosehill Cemetery

Waverly, NE

Share a Memory or Condolence

February 4, 2023

Robin, Brent & Eric, So sorry to see Shirleen’s passing. May your happy memories be a comfort during this sad time.

– Brad & Barb Brettmann
February 3, 2023

Robin, Eric, and Brent; I just saw Shirleen’s obit in the Lincoln Journal. So sorry for your loss, but I believe she is now at peace with her lord and savior. I know you all have been tireless in caring for your wife and mother. Take comfort in knowing you did all you could for Shirleen. We are down in Florida for the month of February and will not be able to be in attendance at the funeral, but know our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

– Denny and Murleen Bellinger
February 2, 2023

Robin, Brent & Eric – We are so sorry to learn of the passing of your wife and mom, Shirleen. Our prayers are with your family.

– Don & Dianna Wright

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