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!
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.