Jean (McGuire) Hoffmaster
Hoffmaster, Jean Louise McGuire Age 88, originally from Streator, IL, died at 4:41 P.M. on Thursday, June 23, 2011 in her apartment at Bethany Retirement Community, Chicago, IL. A funeral Mass will he offered at the chapel of Holy Name Cathedral at the comer of Superior & State Streets, Chicago on July 15 at 11AM. Burial of her ashes will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Streator, IL at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made in Jean's honor to the Retirement Fund for the Religious. Please send to Holy Name Cathedral Rectory at 730 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL. 60611. Jean was born on February 5, 1923 in Streator, IL, the daughter of Thomas Peter and Mary Louise Ryan McGuire. She married Kenneth F. Hoffmaster on February 13, 1958 in Streator, IL. He preceded her in death in 1988. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Thomas Jerome (Pauline), and her sisters, Margaret (Oscar) Lorenz, and Ruth (James L.) Schopp. Jean is survived by her sister, Helen M. Solon, Collierville, TN, nieces Sheila M. Bunting, Normal, IL, Kathleen M. Wolfe, Davenport, IA, Mary L. Stroup, Dallas, TX, Mary S. Lee, FL, Margaret S. Reed, St. Altadena, CA, and Jean S. Scott, Collierville, TN, and nephews T. Peter McGuire, Riverdale, GA, Patrick J. McGuire, Streator, IL, John W. McGuire, Salem, IL, William Schopp, Pensacola, FL and Thomas P. Solon, Danville, IL, as well as many grand and great grand nieces and nephews. Jean graduated from Streator Township High School and was a United States WWII Navy veteran, stationed in the Naval Barracks in Washington, DC, having enlisted in July of 1943. She received an honorable discharge in 1946 with the discharge rank of Chief Yeoman, having been awarded a Campaign Ribbon and Victory Medal. In 1946 Jean was employed in the legal department at the Northern Trust Company where she met her future husband, Ken. After leaving Northern Trust in 1958 she continued her active volunteer work at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. In 1979 she accepted the full time position at the Rehabilitation Institute as Director of Volunteers well as working closely with the Women's Board until her retirement in 1988. Jean and her husband loved to travel, and had made extended visits to almost all the continents. She was also a strong supporter of the Arts, in particular the Art Institute of Chicago and The Goodman Theatre, and she was a loyal supporter of many charities. Until her move to an assisted living facility, she had also been an active and long time parishioner of Holy Name Cathedral. Despite many medical and vision challenges, Jean managed to maintain her independence and her gentle sense of humor. She was known for her thoughtful quiet wisdom and integrity. She will be remembered by the staff and residents at The Admiral and Bethany, family and friends for r graciousness and courage. She was very much respected and loved by those who knew her. We will miss her. Funeral arrangements made by Cooney Funeral Home.
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on July 10, 2011