Shirley D. Hofmaier, 77
Dec. 5, 1938 — June 11, 2016
Shirley D. Hofmaier (nee Mayer), 77, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Cedar Community in West Bend. She was born Dec. 5, 1938, at home, in Slinger, near Big Cedar Lake to Edwin and Ruby (nee Endres) Mayer. She attended Slinger High School and graduated in 1956. She graduated Mount Sinai School of Nursing in 1960. She married Francis “Fran” Hofmaier on May 20, 1961, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Nenno. She started her nursing career at St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend for several years while their children were young. In 1970, she joined the General Clinic of West Bend as the nurse for Dr. William Nielsen. In 1988, she was appointed as Washington County Coroner, a position she held until retirement in 1992.
Shirley was a loving and devoted “Nana” to her grandchildren, enjoying time spent with them and watching all their activities. Shirley and Fran were both socially active and enjoyed playing cards, Vegas gambling and traveling. They were both avid sports fans, especially enjoying watching Milwaukee Brewers games and college football and basketball. Education was also important to them and they were very interested and supportive in the education of their children and grandchildren. They also enjoyed spending time at their cottage on Kusel Lake near Wild Rose and had many fond memories of relaxing times spent there with family and friends for more than 19 years.
In her later years, Shirley enjoyed being out and about volunteering at the food pantry, local outings with friends and family, and quilting. She truly loved to be active and helpful wherever needed. She was known for bringing a special bag of “Dilly Bars” to family celebrations — or to comfort a sick grandchild. She also enjoyed the company of her beloved dog, Sarge. Shirley is survived by her children, Mary (Michael) Boden of Allenton, James (Therese) of West Bend and Amy (Mark) Connelly of Racine; grandchildren, Brett, Kaitlyn (fiancé Lucas Dorn), Nicholas Boden, Anthony (fiancé Clarisa Sanchez), Rachel and Jenna Stevenson; and great-grandchild, Paul Stevenson. She is further survived by her many nieces, nephews, in-laws, other relatives and dear friends. Shirley is preceded in death by her loving husband, Francis; her parents; her sister, Beverly (Richard) Meeker; and brothers- in-law, Darrell Hofmaier, Ralph Stoffel, Donald Grady and Glenn Broker.
Visitation will be Friday, June 17, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend) from 4-6:45 p.m. with a prayer vigil beginning at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at Resurrection Catholic Church (215 Main St., Allenton, WI 53002) on Saturday, June 18, from 10-10:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Following Mass will be the interment of cremains at New St. Peter Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials are appreciated to the Slinger Food Pantry (321 E. Washington St., Slinger, WI 53086), Richfield Historical Society (4399 Pleasant Hill Road, Richfield, WI 53076) and/or the Washington County Humane Society (3650 Highway 60, Slinger, WI 53086).
A special thank you to the entire staff of Cedar Community for their loving care.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.