There is Nothing Sweeter Than a Baby



Cloverleaf Resident Emma Hoffman is one of our most active Residents. According to her, “I’m not ready to sit in a rockin’ chair.” Whatever activity we have, it seems that Emma is right in the middle of it. However, being active for Emma is just the way life was meant to be lived. Emma and her husband Leo had six children. So it isn’t much of a stretch to say that Emma didn’t have a lot of time to sit around.

Emma and Leo were setup on a semi-blind date between mutual friends. They got married in 1940. Emma went on to attend the Chicago School of Nursing, where she became a LPN. Leo worked for JI Case in Terre Haute were they made farm equipment and machinery.

Emma would end up coming back and working at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Terre Haute. Emma really enjoyed working as a nurse. “I really enjoyed working with the patients and helping to meet their needs and making them comfortable.” This made her very satisfied with her job.

Being a nurse was somewhat short lived for Emma. Emma always had a dream of having a big family. She was raised in a large family (the second youngest of eight children) so it only seemed natural for her to raise a large one as well. So after three years as a LPN for St. Anthony’s Hospital, she left her nursing career to be a stay at home Mom.

Leo and Emma ended up having six children (Mary Kay, Ron, Tony, Jane, Susie and Mark). They now have 15 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. When you bring up Emma’s family she immediately lights up. There is nothing more precious to Emma than children. She even said, “There’s nothing sweeter than a baby.”

Emma is very proud of her children and the people that they have grown up to be. She attributes that to her husband Leo. “He was a good man, a good father, and a good provider. He gave them what they needed, but didn’t spoil them. He wanted to instill in them a strong work ethic so that if they wanted something they would know how to get it.” She feels that has directly correlated to all of her children having successful lives.

Emma has been at Cloverleaf for three years, and she has enjoyed her time here. She feels that the staff is very nice, and they provide good care. So if you can find Emma between activities, make sure that you say hello and ask how her children are doing. I guarantee you’ll make her smile.