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Edmund J. Hoffmann, age 88, of Wisconsin Rapids (Town of Sigel) was taken into God's loving arms on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Strawberry Lane Medical & Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at St. Philip Catholic Church in Rudolph. Rev. Rolando Onden and Edmund's grandson, Rev. Pio Maria Hoffmann will officiate with burial in All Souls Cemetery, Rudolph. Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 PM Monday at Ritchay Funeral Home and Tuesday at church from 10:00 - 11:00 AM. A parish prayer service will be held at 7:30 PM Monday at the funeral home.
Edmund was born February 25, 1925 in Pierce, NB where he met and married the love of his life, Janet Havel on May 4, 1948 in Pierce, NB. She died February 28, 2009. Edmund brought his family and his love of farming to Wisconsin in 1953 where he became a dairy farmer in the Sigel area. He instilled his love of the land and his unwavering faith in the Lord in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be forever remembered for his endless stories, contagious laughter and never-ending love for his family.
Edmund is survived by his six children, Gerald (Judy) Hoffmann of Lafayette, LA, Patrick (Patricia) Hoffmann of Wisconsin Rapids, Stephanie (Jay) Paff of Wisconsin Rapids, AlFred (Brenda) Hoffmann of Wisconsin Rapids, Michael (Cindy) Hoffmann of Pittsville and Brian (Pamela) Hoffmann of Wisconsin Rapids. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.
Edmund was preceded in death by his parents, wife Janet, brothers Carl, Robert and Francis and sisters Audrey and Collette.
When his loving wife passed away
The loneliness began.
She was his life, his everything,
His sweetheart, and his woman.
Friends and family drew closer
But he wasn't quite the same.
They knew his heart was aching
And he so often spoke her name.
The years rolled on, as years will do.
And he sensed his time was near.
Joy replaced his loneliness.
Of death he had no fear.
He knew that God would never
Let death be their last goodbye.
For true love is forever,
And doesn't end because we die.
On this day he left us,
He smiled and called her name,
Then followed her to heaven.
They're together once again.
- Jeannette Glaza
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Mar. 16, 2013