Virginia (Hoffmann) Thimes

Virginia (Hoffmann) Thimes

Jan 28, 2017

Virginia Hoffmann Thimes was the daughter of Veronica Dougherty Hoffmann and Leo A. Hoffmann, Sr., founder of the Leo A. Hoffmann Mortuary which eventually merged with the Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler Mortuaries in Omaha. Leo A. Hoffmann was instrumental in the founding both of Boys Town and St Vincent de Paul Society in Omaha.  Virginia’s Hoffmann family in Omaha was very musical.

Virginia Thimes attended Creighton University and Rosary College in Chicago.  She spent 30 years as a Navy wife of Dr. Joseph A. Thimes who became a Captain in the U.S. Navy. She lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. In volunteer work, Mrs. Thimes donated more than 4,000 hours each for Boys town and Navy Relief.

Virginia traveled to Europe nine times beginning in 1937.  While in Rome in 1937 she had a private audience with Cardinal Pacelli, who later became Pope Pius XII. This private audience occurred when Cardinal Pacelli approached Virginia, her sister Bernadette Hoffman, and her brother Leo A. Hoffmann, Jr. and asked them if they were American. Then, a very poor woman asked Cardinal Pacelli if he would baptize her baby. He agreed and asked the Hoffmann siblings to witness the baptism. Cardinal Pacelli, who spoke excellent English, was very gracious to the Hoffmanns and to the poor woman.

Virginia’s hobbies included traveling, volunteering, genealogy, horses, dancing, bridge, and swimming. She spent many hours crocheting afghans and doing ceramic work. She was an outstanding and beloved wife, mother, and companion who divided her time between her husband, children, and social roles in the U.S. Navy. What an outstanding person she was to her family and many others—an example of a life well lived!

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Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Joseph Thimes; parents, Leo A. Hoffmann, Sr. and Veronica (Dougherty) Hoffmann; brother, Leo A Hoffmann, Jr.; sisters: Bernadette “Bunny” Meier, Veronica Buckley, and Mary Jeannette Meier. She is survived by sons, John F. Thimes and Dr. Joseph L. Thimes; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, Feb. 1st, 5pm to 7pm, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the Bel Air Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Thursday, Feb. 2nd at 10am, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Interment, Calvary Cemetery. Memorials to St. Vincent de Paul Society.




  • Dr. Joseph L. Thimes Posted January 28, 2017 2:53 pm

    To my dearest and beloved mother, friend, companion to me and outstanding wife to dad for all you have done for me, dad, and our family. You are now in paradise in a much better place. Your son, Dr. Joseph L. Thimes.

  • Patricia Hoffmann Heese Posted January 28, 2017 9:58 pm

    So sorry to see the last of my parents’ generation go. I am happy that Aunt Virginia lived a long and good life and, I’m hoping, didn’t suffer much in the end. My condolences to J.L. and John, her sons.

  • Theresa Heese MacKinnon Posted January 29, 2017 10:32 am

    Rest In Peace Aunt Virginia…you were such a fine elegant lady and such an inspiration to me when I was young…you lived a long life and I will cherish all the family history you shared…

  • Margie and Bob Walsh Posted January 30, 2017 7:36 am

    Joe, our condolences, we loved your dear sweet mother .
    thank you for being such a good son to her.

  • Margie and Bob Walsh Posted January 30, 2017 7:43 am

    rest in peace,we love you

  • Will Thimes Posted January 30, 2017 12:19 pm

    Grandmother, you had a remarkable life, lived in many places and had a long lifetime of experiences, Luckily your health held up and you were still able to enjoy your last years. Your memory will endure.

  • Heather Thimes Posted January 30, 2017 9:44 pm

    Grandmother On behalf of dad, John,, and my son, Jackson Thimes, we want to wish you a speedy trip to reunite with Grandfather, who left you far too young. Watch over your boys John, Joe and the great-grandkids. God bless.

  • Paul Hoffmann Posted January 30, 2017 10:15 pm

    Rest in Peace, Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Dr. James G. Morgan and Staff Posted February 1, 2017 8:38 am

    It was a privilege to know this gracious woman and to see the love and care Joe provided. Our condolences to her family.

  • Ramon Calzada Posted February 1, 2017 9:26 am

    Rest in peace Virginia. We, the Omaha District Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Omaha, remember you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Ramon Calzada
    Executive Director
    SVDP Omana

  • Marilyn Posted February 1, 2017 10:06 pm

    Mrs.Thimes was a fine lady! Her family is outstanding, too.. Please know that sincere prayers are being said for you.

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