Jean Marie (Baer, Hofer) Rohrer, age 70, was born July 22nd, 1947, at Carlisle, PA, fifth daughter of Mervin and Fannie (Rife) Baer. After a 5-year battle with cancer, she passed into glory on February 20, 2018 in her home at Browerville, MN, surrounded by her loving family.
Jean accepted Christ as her Savior at age 11, was baptized as a member of the Churchtown Mennonite Church in PA, and was faithful to God until death. In 1962 she moved with her family to McBride, BC as part of the “evangelization by colonization” efforts of the 1960s. On July 2, 1972, she married Daniel John Hofer, son of John and Leila (Porter) Hofer from Stirling, Alberta. As a young married couple they helped form the charter membership of Danksin Mennonite Church, in Danskin, BC. To this union were born three children, Titus Daniel, Martha Jean, and Judith Marie. In 1980 the family moved to LaCrete, in northern Alberta, where Dan was ordained minister and served faithfully until his death in a logging accident at age 33 on Feb. 19th, 1985.
On August 2, 1986, Jean married Marvin Rohrer, minister from Grandin, MO, and counted his daughter Rosanne May, as one of her own children. In 1990 Marvin and Jean adopted a sibling group of five. Sherry Anne, Tim Lee, William Ray, Jeanny Gail, and Angela Dawn, and also counted each one of them as her own. In 1999, Marvin and Jean moved to LaGlace, Alberta, where Marvin served in the ministry at the Prairie Light Mennonite Church until their move to Browerville, MN in 2011. Marvin and Jean enjoyed various service opportunities including the foreign missions in Uganda, Dominican Republic, and England.
Jean will be deeply missed by her husband Marvin; 9 children: Titus and his wife Carol, of Sligo, PA; Martha, and her husband Roderick Bauman of Salmon Arm BC; Rosanne and her husband Lawrence Troyer of Browerville, MN; Judith and her husband Raine Poole of Fairfield, MT; Sherry, of Mountain View, MO; Tim of Brooten, MN; Willy and his wife, Becky of Armstrong, BC; Jeanny of Leburn, KY; and Angela and her husband, James Sadler of Helena, OH. Jean was a beloved grandma to 29 grandchildren. She is also survived by 5 brothers and 4 sisters.
In addition to her parents and first husband, Jean was preceded in death by a brother, an infant sister, and a grandson, Grant Daniel Poole.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the Living Waters congregation for their love and assistance over the time of Jean’s illness and passing, and to the relatives, friends, and neighbors, who loved Jean and showed their faithful support.