Rosemary Hoffman

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Rosemary Veronica Hoffman, nee Friedrich, “Freddy”, 94, of Belleville, IL, born May 20, 1927, in Cairo, IL, died Monday, May 31, 2021. She is now united with her husband, Elmer.

As a young girl, some of Rosemary’s most memorable moments were associated with her dedicated dog, Wilfred. He followed her everywhere and his love and companionship provided Rosemary with comfort.  As a teenager, she enjoyed soda shops, dances, and spending her summers with her aunt.  Rosemary graduated from La Clerc College in Belleville, IL, in 1948. She completed her chemistry major in just three years and was a member of Alpha Beta Gamma Sorority.  After graduation, she married her husband, Elmer, on May 22, 1948, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.  The couple resided in Belleville and had three children.

Rosemary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a fun loving and generous person. She enjoyed her young family. Rosemary liked to travel and camp, but she especially enjoyed being involved with her children.  She was an active member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. She was a volunteer and member of the Ladies Sodality, Women’s Choir, and Bible Study, at the church. Rosemary was Boy Scout and Girl Scout Leader for her children’s troops. For a time, she taught Biology at Livingston High School, Livingston, IL, and there were many times that interesting animal dissections came home for grading.  In later years, she enjoyed camping with her husband and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Elmer W. Hoffman, who passed away September 7, 2012; a son, Stephen W. Hoffman; and her parents, Julius and Bernice, nee Greenwalt, Friedrich.

Surviving are two children, Ronald J. (Deborah) Hoffman, and Lori L. (Vincent) DeMange; six grandchildren, Geoffrey S. (Angie) Hoffman, Holly K. (Richard) Ayer,    Ronald J. Hoffman, Andrew J. Hoffman, Eric V. (Amy) DeMange, and Keith C. (Chelsea) DeMange; eight great-grandchildren, Logan Hoffman, Abby, Emma, and Izzy Ayer, Tyler and Lily DeMange, and Lexi and Christopher DeMange.

She will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to School Sisters of Notre Dame, Central Pacific Province, 320 East Ripa Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63125. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2021, and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. CDC guidelines including masks and social distancing will be observed.

Funeral:   Funeral procession will leave at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating. CDC guidelines including masks and social distancing will be observed.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



7 Comments on Rosemary Hoffman

Mollie Klotz-Waeltz said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2021 at 10:13 AM

So sorry to hear of her passing. Great person and wonderful strong person. Always kind to me. Will miss her strength/kindness

  • Mascoutah
  • Il
S. Marilyn Scheibel, SSND said : Guest Report Jun 04, 2021 at 3:14 PM

May God's Presence continue the healing process in the hearts of you, the family and may God's love surround each of you as you cherish the life and memories of Rosemary Hoffman. God bless you!!!

  • St Louis
  • Mo
Rebecca Kendall said : Guest Report Jun 03, 2021 at 3:14 PM

I was sad to hear of Aunt Freddie's passing. She was such a sweet and interesting person. I know how difficult it is to say goodbye to someone who is such an important part of your family, especially your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Saint Louis
  • Missouri
B.J. Schulte said : Guest Report Jun 03, 2021 at 1:00 PM

Ron- I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. She always treated me so nice, and made me feel right at home. My deepest sympathies to you, and Lori.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2021 at 7:40 PM

So very sorry for your loss. I remember your mother from St.Augustine from years ago and she was always a kind, sweet lady. You have my deepest sympathy ?—Connie Jean

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Rita Rinderer said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2021 at 1:34 PM

So very sorry for your loss Rosemary will be missed by many here at Cedarhurst She was a very kind gentle person Blessings to all Rita Rinderer

  • Highland
  • Illinois
Erin Killian Evers said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2021 at 3:57 PM

Our deepest condolences on your loss. I will forever remember Rosemary's kindness to me, on our camping trip when I was 14. She will be missed greatly. --Erin Evers

  • Sunnyvale
  • CA

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