Winifred C. “Sis” Hohe

Winifred C. “Sis” Hohe, nee Rigden, age 87, of Berkeley, died peacefully at her home, attended by her 5 children. Sis was born to George and Helen Rigden, who were among the pioneer settlers of Berkeley. She graduated St. Domitilla School in 1941 and Immaculate Conception High School in 1945. While overtly shy, she nevertheless was coaxed by a friend to talk to a boy on the telephone, and ended up talking to John Hohe of Maywood, whom she would later marry in 1948, after he returned from service as a Marine in World War II. They were happily married for 50 years until John passed away in 1999. She was deeply tied to her family of six children, five of whom survive her: Pat (Ann) of Berkeley; Mike (Gayle) of Berkeley; Tom (Becky) of Hillside; Tim (Ileana) of Berkeley; Marianne (Jon) Boeckenstedt of Naperville; and a son John, who predeceased her. She was deeply tied to her 7 brothers and sisters, 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews who loved her like a second mother. She is also survived by a sister, Marie Johnson, of Elmhurst. She was also deeply tied to the Catholic Church, and for most of her life was an active volunteer at her beloved St. Domitilla parish. Sis was uniquely blessed with the gift of having a child-like sense of wonder. Whether traveling around the world or taking a walk around the block, her enthusiasm and ability to see the beauty in the most mundane thing inspired those around her to see everything with fresh eyes. She lived honestly, gratefully, and fully. Visitation Sunday, 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday, 8:00 a.m. until time of funeral 8:45 a.m. at Gibbons Funeral Home, 134 South York Road, (½ mile North of Saint Charles Road), Elmhurst. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. at Saint Domitilla Catholic Church, Hillside. Interment Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery. For funeral information please call 630-832-0018 or

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One comment on “Winifred C. “Sis” Hohe
  1. Jim Camp says:

    Sorry for your loss Thinking about you Jim and Bonnie Camp and Family.

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