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Cosmas J. "Cos" Hoffman

Published On: Mar 20 2014 02:17:12 PM CDT

MADISON- Cosmas J. “Cos” Hoffman, died Tuesday March 18, 2014 on his 90th birthday, at The Veterans Hospital in Madison.

He was proud to tell others that he was born and raised in Madison. Born on March 18, 1924 (although he liked to tell people he was born on March 17 and that bars everywhere were celebrating his birthday). Cos was the son of Florence (Stegerwald) and Fred Hoffman. He was the seventh of nine sons, eight of which served in World War II; they were referred to as the “Fighting Hoffmans”. He attended St. James School and Madison West High School. Cos was one of the founders of Hoffman Enterprises, Inc. which included Hoffman House Sauce and Chemical Company. The family operated Hoffman House Restaurants which were purchased by the well-known Green Giant Company. He was very active in the restaurant business and served as President of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association and voted “Restaurateur of the Year” 1974 – 1975. He was also actively involved in his church, St. Bernard, working on fundraising events and serving as an usher.

Two of his favorite pastimes included boating and his weekly Liars Poker luncheon with his buddies held at The Timbers in DeForest. For the past 50 years Cos and his wife of 63 years, Dorothy, have spent their summer months in Madison and winter months in Sarasota, Florida.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (Weiland); his children, Gail (Jim) Jackson, of Waxhaw, North Carolina, Tom (Virginia) Hoffman, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Karen (Don) Palmer, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Ron Hoffman, of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan; twelve grandchildren; and thirteen great grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Cyril (Velma) Hoffman and Mrs. Charles (“Eddie”) Hoffman. He was preceded in his death by his parents; and his brothers, Jerome, Charles, Francis, Cyril, Sylvester, Walter and Thomas. He will be missed by many patrons, past employees, fellow parishioners and family.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., with Father Michael Radowicz presiding. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home Saturday. Burial will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery.

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