Geraldine (Geri) HOEFER|
Geri passed away September 27, just a few days before her 81st birthday, in Seattle from a cerebral hemorrhage. She was born in Los Angeles to George and Mary Florentine and was extremely proud of her Italian and Irish heritage. Geri graduated from John Marshall High School and received her BA from the University of Washington where she studied music, Spanish, and education. Geri was passionate about and most happy around family, music, animals, and flowers. Having been born into a large family of 12 children, Geri loved hosting family and friends along with her husband, Ron, in their beautiful historic home. Together they tended their gardens, prize winning dahlias as well as peacocks, pheasants, and chickens. Music was always a driving force in Geraldine's life starting with high school musicals, and culmination in opera performances at the U of W, recitals at SPU, Palm Springs, countries overseas, and many other venues. She enjoyed teaching voice to students at PLU and SPU. Geri was a member of the Ladies Musical Club, the University Women's Club, and served as the former Regional District and Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council NW. Geri is survived by her precious husband, Roland G. Hoefer; three daughters, Rebecca Budelman, Jennifer Soderberg, Deidra Law; brother, Larry "Tony" Florentine; sister, Kathleen Vaughn; step-children, Roland J. Hoefer, Marianne Kavagna, and Gregory Hoefer; numerous grandchildren; several great grandchildren and many loving extended family and friends.
Public visitation will be held from 10AM - 12PM on Friday, October 4th, at Acacia Funeral Home, 14951 Bothell Way NE in Seattle. A Celebration of Life will be held at Acacia Funeral Home on Saturday, October 5th at 2PM.
Please view the full obituary, access driving directions, and share your memories online at www.acaciafuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Metropolitan Opera National Council Northwest, C/O Melvyn Poll, 2818 Alki Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116, or, The Seattle Opera, 1020 John Street, Seattle, WA 98109, www.seattleopera.org
Geri lived her years with
grace, charm, and spirit.
Her memory will live on by
the many lives she touched.
Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 1 to Oct. 3, 2013