Geraldine Suzanne Hoffman Kroschel born on Sept. 26, 1920, to Louis and Stella Hoffman in Juniata, Neb., passed away March 12, 2005, in Pueblo, Colo. Predeceased by her parents; her husband, Ruthven August Kroschel; sisters, Verna Zimmerman and Jeanette and Margaret Hoffman; brothers, Charles and William Hoffman; and grandson, Raymond Peter Kogovsek, Jr. Survived by daughter, Eulice Kogovsek (Kathy Wise), Pueblo, Colo.; granddaughters, Lisa Marie Kogovsek, Cincinnati, Ohio and ToniRae (Curtis) Andres; and great-grandson, Reece Andres, Windsor, Colo. Also siblings, Gertrude (Robert) McDougall, Calif., Bernice (John) Pfeiff, Garden City, Kan., Leonard (Virginia) Hoffman, Tempe, Ariz., Jody Pfeiff, Gilbert, Ariz., Louis Hoffman, Tempe, Ariz., Arlene McManis, Tempe, Ariz. and John Hoffman, Laveen, Ariz. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. In 1936 at age 16, she moved with her family from Nebraska to the San Luis Valley to escape the ravages of the dust bowl. There she graduated from Hooper High School and began employment at St. Joseph Hospital in Del Norte as a receptionist. She retired in the mid-70s as administrator and chief financial officer of the then hospital and nursing home complex. She had become a friendly face and trusted advocate for patients, families and community members. People always looked to 'Geri' for assistance and advice. While in Del Norte, she met and married Ruthven Kroschel; they were married for 36 years. After his death, Geri moved to Tempe, Ariz. to be near her family. There she obtained her real estate license and took pride in working with first-time buyers, helping them with budgeting and financing to qualify for their first home purchase. She quickly established a wide and caring circle of friends in her new community. She was active in her church as a lay minister and belonged to Catholic Daughters, Sodality and Rosary Group. Later, when poor health began to curtail her physical activities in the outside world, she opened her home as a bed and breakfast and the world came to her. She spent the last months of her life with her daughter under the care of hospice. Geri valued life; she cherished her friendships and socializing with her family, especially her granddaughters. She enjoyed gardening, particularly flowers and vegetables, working on her charity projects and playing pinochle. Her gladiolas always took first place at the County Fair. She lived her life passionate about helping others throughout the world and preserving this earth. As per her request, there will be no viewing. A graveside service will be held 12 noon Wednesday at the Del Norte Cemetery in Del Norte, Colo., with the Reverend Father William Gleeson, V.F., officiating. Memorials may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care or Food For The Poor, c/o Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Lisa;
    I’m sorry to hear about your Grand Mother passing, she was a great leader and a passion for caring and giving.
    You and your family our in my prayers. Mike

  2. Eulice and Family,

    I am so sorry about your loss. Although I knew Geri only briefly, having the opportunity to listen to her talk and to see her great smile made the many stories Lisa has told me come to life. She was a great woman and her death represents a great loss to us all. Again, I am very sorry for your loss.

    Bob

  3. Eulice and Family,
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    I had missed Geri’s Christmas letter 2004 and didn’t know that she was with you in Pueblo. I always enjoyed her letters as that kept cousins in touch.
    She is safe in the arms of Jesus.

    Love to all,

    Ida Mae

  4. Eulice and Family,
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    I had missed Geri’s Christmas letter 2004 and didn’t know that she was with you in Pueblo. I always enjoyed her letters as that kept cousins in touch.
    She is safe in the arms of Jesus.

    Love to all,

    Ida Mae

  5. Dear Eulice and family,
    My deepest sympathy to you and yours at this sad time. My memories of your mom are so wonderful. Our family has spread all over the country, and it is so sad to hear of the passing of each one that have been in my memories of family.I looked forward to the letters your mom sent to my mom at Christmas time and shall miss that connection.
    May God Bless.
    In sympathy and love,
    Butch

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