Madison - Geraldine (Jerry) Smith Hoffman, loving wife, mother and grandmother, age 88, passed away on Monday, December 24, 2012 at home. She was born on November 6, 1924, the youngest child of Thomas and Verna Smith. She graduated from Central High School in Madison. She married Joseph Peter Hoffman on April 19, 1952 at St. Raphael Cathedral.
Jerry was a wonderful woman who loved to spend time with her family and friends. She enjoyed doing her puzzles and playing cards with her many Bridge, "Chat" and Euchre clubs, attending her grandchildren's events and spending time at Gail and Dan's cabin in St. Germain. Jerry worked for the State of Wisconsin Vocational Board before raising her daughters, and retired from Wisconsin Power and Light in 1987. She was a long-time member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.
Jerry is survived by her daughters, Lynn Thomas (Stu), Verona; and Gail Nichols (Dan), Kansas City, MO; six grandchildren, Kelly Thomas (Juan Ayala) and Lisa Thomas; Rose Nichols Zinkel (Travis), Jacqui, Heather (Dan Ryks) and Josh Nichols, great-granddaughter Adrienne Zinkel, along with sister-in laws, Kay Smith, Cherie Rogers Neupert (John) and Gen Engel; brother-in laws Howard Hoffman, Jerry Kessenich and Ed Wronkowicz (Ethel), and as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Verna Smith, her husband Joe, and brother Don Smith.
The family would like to thank the practice of Dr. Michael Thom, the staff at Hyland Park Assisted Living, and all of her many neighbors at Saukdale Condominiums for the loving care and friendship they gave to our Mom.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 on Friday, December 28, 2012 at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison, with Monsignor Kenneth Fiedler presiding. Visitation will be on Friday at the church from 10:00 until the time of the Mass. Memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish Nurse Program, the Catholic Multicultural Center, and to the American Red Cross. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com.