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Karen Jean Hofmann passed away peacefully under hospice care at her son’s home in Spencer County on Tuesday, June 16. Karen was born October 9, 1941 in Southern California and spent most of her childhood in the Minnesota foster care system. She worked as a secretary for Vertner Smith Co., an executive secretary for a Louisville law firm and administrative manager for R.L. Craig Company during her years living in Louisville from the early 1960’s until she moved to Doe Valley in 1983. She spent the last 35 years pouring her heart and her energy into Doe Valley and Brandenburg, communities she genuinely loved. Her greatest gift in life was bringing people together through her remarkable administrative abilities. She demonstrated those throughout the years by acting as president and treasurer of the Meade County and Doe Valley Homemakers’ Clubs. Karen was instrumental in securing finances for the establishment of the Meade County Recycling Center. As secretary for many years for the Doe Valley Fishing and Boating Club, she organized boat cruises, ran the annual yard sale fundraiser, directed their yearly needy family donations, and organized the yearly lake cleanup day. As the administrator of the Doe Valley Dears Club, she brought many people together by organizing the monthly Derby Dinner Playhouse outings, canasta and bunco clubs and also several bus tours. Karen served on the selection committee for Habitat for Humanity for several years. Many residents of Doe Valley will also remember the fantastic derby party she put together for the community for many years.

Karen will be missed by her husband of 57 years, Bill Hofmann, and a son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Lisa Hofmann. She was treasured by her four grandchildren and their spouses, Nick Hofmann (Kylie), Maggie Gutierrez (Andrew), Max Hofmann (Sarah), and Kathryn Hofmann. She was also very much loved by her great grandson, Liam. Karen was preceded in death by her twin daughters, Julie Christine and Judith Carol, who died as infants. She will always be remembered for her love of playing any kind of game and her love of sweets, especially Lisa’s lemon meringue pie. Karen was always ready for any adventure life had to offer and loved well. Her presence in the lives of those who knew and loved her will never be replaced.

Please join us for a celebration of her life at Doe Valley Swim and Tennis Club on Saturday, July 11 from 1-4 p.m. From 1:30-3:30, her family will have a small ceremony and would love to hear any memories you would like to share about her. Light refreshments will be served, including lemon pie!