Mary (Jukich) Hoffman (1926 - 2011)

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Mary Jukich Hoffman died December 27, 2011 in a Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana after a short illness. Mary was born February 17, 1926 at Funter Bay Alaska to parents Nikola and Smiljena Jukich. After graduation from Juneau Douglas High School, at age 18 she married Herb Hoffman and moved to Waterloo, Illinois where she resided until after the death of her husband. In 2009 she relocated to Zionsville, Indiana to be near her niece Vickie Pieratt.

It was not uncommon for Aunt Mary, as she was fondly known to her nieces and nephews, to make summer pilgrimages, usually accompanied by husband Herb, back to the west coast to visit with family, high school classmates, and friends in the Juneau and Seattle areas, as well as to take an occasional cruise or trip with friends, including one world-wind tour through Yugoslavia, the country of origin of her parents. In later years, as trips to Juneau became too difficult, she shared Christmases with nephew Sam and wife Helen in Palm Springs.

Mary's life, for the most part was her family and music. She had a lovely soprano voice, and organized, directed, and sang at many events including numerous churches in the Waterloo and Chicago areas. She taught both voice, organ and piano into her 80's, and played piano and sang at her living facility within weeks of her death. Her activities in 1968 included directing a Thanksgiving Week tour of California of singers specializing in Serbian music which performed in San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day.

Mary was preceded in her death by her father Nick, and mother Smiljena Jukich, husband Herb, sister, Helen Pekovich Sr., and niece Violet Pekovich. She was survived by: nieces Vickie Pierratt, and Gale Yaiger, nephews Sam Pekovich (Helen), and Andy Pekovich (Janet), as well as grandnieces and nephews Pat Groneman, Donna Olson (Ron), Andrea Demuth (John), Bob Voelker (Peggy), & Kevin Voelker ( Debbie).

Viewing in Waterloo Monday, January 2 followed by a memorial service the next day at the cemetery.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Jan. 4 to Jan. 11, 2012