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Patricia Ann Hofmeister, born September 4, 1932 in New Gulf, Texas, went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on October 29, 2012 at the age of 80 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She passed away at home peacefully with her husband and two daughters at her side. Patricia was the daughter of Jesse Richard Lasater and Ruby Jewel O'Quinn Lasater, both of whom have preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ludwig (Ludy) Carl Hofmeister and her two daughters Madeline Denise Vernuccio and Jennifer Ann Halberg and her husband Sean Michael Halberg. Patricia is also survived by her grandchildren Anthony Ludwig Vernuccio and his fiancée Meagan Leigh Mittasch, Brandon Marcello Vernuccio and Jessica Noel Halberg; her younger brother Richard Lee Lasater and wife Roseanne Lasater; her sister-in-law and husband Dianna and Jack Penton; her brother-in-law and wife Leon and Joyce Hofmeister; her youngest daughter's in-laws George and Patricia Halberg and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. Patricia attended the University of Texas at Austin for 4 years and met Ludy there in 1953 during her senior year, while he was in the Masters Degree program. They were married on June 20, 1954. Patricia continued her education in the 1970's at the University of Houston, graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1987 with a degree in English. Always learning and wanting to share her knowledge with others, especially children, Patricia studied the ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian cultures and put that knowledge to use at the San Antonio Museum of Art as a docent for 30 years. Her other passions were music, reading, her Christian faith and her children and grandchildren. As a child, she began playing piano at the age of 6 and continued to play throughout her life. She was an active member of Sharpstown Baptist Church in Houston, volunteering with the pre-school and children's choirs from 1961 to 1969. She was also an active member of the choir at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio for 15 years and a supporter of the San Antonio Symphony for many years. She served in the intercessory prayer ministries at both Trinity Baptist Church and Woodland Baptist Church over the past 20 years. She also served as a library volunteer at Pat Neff Elementary School in Houston and at the Trinity Baptist Church library for many years. Patricia shared her love of books, the arts, music, history and faith with her children and grandchildren by reading to them and taking them to symphonies, museums and church throughout her life. Patricia was an inspiration to many with her always positive attitude, determination and continued prayers for others even in the face of her own illness. She was the epitome of grace, poise and caring. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, she will be deeply missed. A memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday November 10th at 11am at Woodland Baptist Church 15315 Huebner Road, San Antonio, Tx. At a later date, a family service will be held at Woodland's Columbarium Prayer Garden where her ashes will be laid to rest. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Woodland Baptist Church Children's programs or the children's programs at your own church, The San Antonio Symphony or The San Antonio Museum of Art.
Published in Express-News on Nov. 4, 2012