Mason County News
Weather Fair 81.0°F (47%)
Jane Hoerster
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014

Jane Brandon Hofmann Hoerster, 92, died on August 11th at Hill Country Healthcare Center in Llano, Texas. She was born to Otto Ernest and Della Mae Hofmann in Grit, Texas on June 9, 1922. Jane was the third of four daughters, The Hofmann Girls: Della Louise, Mary Maude, Jane Brandon, and Gloria Faye.

On May 11, 1941, Jane married a local rancher, Franklin Roy Hoerster. The two moved to Franklin’s family ranch, The Home Place, which was out the Fredericksburg highway. There, Franklin and Jane raised three children: David Otto, Martha Jane, and Charles Franklin.

In addition to being a wife and mother, Jane had a career and interests of her own. In November 1966, Jane was elected as Mason County Treasurer and took office in January 1967. She was a member of the County Treasurer Association of Texas and served the organization well during her time. In 1993, Jane was honored by the association and received the Texas County Treasurer of the Year Award. She held the office for 28 years.

Jane had a great passion for history and for its preservation. She was appointed by the Commissioners Court to the Historical Commission and served there for many years. She was also a volunteer for The Hill Country Community Action Board and was involved in the preservation of the Odeon Theater. In later years, Jane assisted the Historical Commission and the State of Texas in recognizing the Texas Rangers of Mason County. If Jane wasn’t at home, you could find her in her office at M. Bevin Eckert Mason County Library in the Historical Commission’s archives reliving past days with others who were searching for their roots.

Jane is being welcomed to her heavenly home by her parents, her husband, Franklin, and her sisters and their husbands: Della and Hilton Moneyhon, Mary Maude and Norris McMillan, and Gloria and Victor Lehmberg.

Jane will be missed by many, but most of all by her family of nine great-grandchildren, Jake and Zack Hoerster, Jackson and Joshua Hoerster, James, Austin, and Samuel Simonton, and Aidan and Morgan Vacek; her seven grandchildren, Christopher Hoerster and wife Shannon, Karl Hoerster and wife Michelle, Rhett Vacek, Val Simonton and husband Terry, James Vacek, Roy Hoerster, and Elizabeth Hoerster and fiance Matt Biggs; and Jane’s three children, David Hoerster, Martha Vacek and husband Bob, and Charles Hoerster and wife Mona.

Visitation with the family was Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 13, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mason with Rev. Charles Eckert officiating. Interment followed in the Grit Cemetery.

Honorary Pallbearers were the members of the Mason County Historical Commission, Paul Lehmberg, Carl Moneyhon, Harold Hoerster, Vernon Fritze, and Dennis Hoerster.

Pallbearers were Christopher Hoerster, Karl Hoerster, Rhett Vacek, James Vacek, Roy Hoerster, and Matthew Biggs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mason County Historical Commission, Friends of the Library, Odeon Preservation Society, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Grit Cemetery or the Grit Community Club.

Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.

This article has been read 273 times.
Readers are solely responsible for the content of the comments they post here. Comments do not necessarily reflect the opinion or approval of Mason County News. Comments are moderated and will not appear immediately.
Comments powered by Disqus