Elvina ‘Vi’ Du Jardin (nee Hoffman)
Elvina "Vi" Du Jardin (nee Hoffman) of Waukesha passed away peacefully at Linden Court Mukwonago on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the age of 91.
She was preceded in death by Bertrand, her husband of 65 years.
She was the beloved mother of Paul M. Du Jardin (Wendy) of Lewis Port, Ky., Darlene Kozlowski (Tim Congemi) of New Berlin and Mary (Richard) Neustaedter of Eagle; proud grandmother of Heather (Jimmy) Litkenhus, Haley (Zach) Sublett, Erik Kozlowski and Kaela (fiancé Darin Heinrich) Kozlowski; great-grandmother to Ava Sublett and Jake Sublett; dear sister of Albert (Pat) Hoffman of Wheatfield, Ind., Malene (the late Clarence) Walstra of DeMotte, Ind., and Shirley (the late Wallace) Lowe of Crown Point, Ind. She is further survived by brother-inlaw Walt Dujardin (Sandy) of Delavan and sister-in-law Marcia (the late James) Dujardin of Elkhorn. She is also survived by her two fur babies, Rudy II, who now resides in Kentucky, and Izzy who now resides in Eagle. She also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends.
She was born January 20, 1926, in Fair Oaks, Ind., to the late Jacob and Agnes (nee Terpstra) Hoffman. She was also preceded in death by one brother, William Hoffman, and one sister, Grace DeYoung.
Vi was born on a working dairy farm and after graduating from Fair Oaks High School she moved to South Bend, Ind., to experience life. It was there she met and fell in love with Bertrand. They were married November 18, 1948, in DeMotte, Ind. In 1960, they picked up roots and moved to Waukesha. She was a stay-at-home mother who was very involved in her children’s lives. She was an accomplished seamstress who sewed Halloween costumes and various dance recital costumes for her daughters. She actively participated in Girl Scouts, Swim Club and any other activity her children were involved with.
Once her children were of high school age, she attended Waukesha County Technical College and pursued an administrative career at Waukesha County Department of Social Services until she retired in 1988.
Until her failing health, she was a devoted member of RiverGlen Church in Waukesha. She never feared death relying on her faith to one day be reunited with those she loved.
She loved all animals and always donated generously to several animal welfare foundations. She took in every stray that wandered into her yard making sure they were well fed, loved and taken care of. She enjoyed working in her yard and tending to her flower garden.
A sincere thank you to the Linden Court-Mukwonago family for the care, support, patience and love shown to her and her children. She loved all of you.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 22, at Prairie Home Cemetery Chapel, 605 S. Prairie Ave, Waukesha, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages a donation to the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County (HAWS).
Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-549-0659 or visitwww.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary or leave condolences.
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