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Caroline Marie (Gerken) Hoffman

February 8, 1926 — September 29, 2021

Caroline Hoffman age 95, of Holgate, died Wednesday evening, September 29, 2021 at Vancrest of Holgate.

Her Legacy… She was born February 8, 1926 to Herman and Emilie (Badenhop) Gerken in Napoleon.  On April 20, 1947, she married Eugene Albert Hoffman in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Freedom Township.  She was a homemaker and member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Holgate.  Caroline was an American Legion Auxiliary member.  She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, crafts and playing cards.

Her Family… She is survived by three sons: Roger (Sylvia) Hoffman, Holgate, Dennis (Darlene) Hoffman and Dale (Rose) Hoffman, Archbold; 7 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and siblings: Melba Elling, Napoleon and Henry Gerken, Napoleon.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene, infant son Robert, brothers: Rudolph and Waldo and a grandson Matthew.

Her Farewell Services… Friends will be received in the Zachrich Family Funeral Home on Sunday, October 3, 2021 from 3-7:00 pm and again one hour before the church service.  The Celebration of Caroline’s life will be on Monday in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Holgate at 11:00 am with Reverend Theodore Rellstab officiating.  Contributions in memory of Caroline can be made to the St. John’s Lutheran Church, American Heart Association or Putnam County Homecare and Hospice.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, October 3, 2021

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Zachrich Funeral Home and Cremation Services

114 Williams Street, Holgate, OH 43527

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Celebration of Life

Monday, October 4, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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