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Berenice Thiry Simich

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Born 1-9-1923 -- Died 12-22-2004

Berenice Thiry Hoffman Simich, 81, of Cherokee Village, Ark., died Dec. 22, 2004, at her residence. She was born Jan. 9, 1923, in St. Paul, Minn. Her parents were Lydia and Leo Thiry. Berenice graduated from Pine City High School.

During World War II she worked with the OSS (The Office of Strategic Services) in Washington D.C. She met and married William Hoffman, who was also in the OSS, in Burma during the war. They lived in California and had four sons. After his death in 1952, Berenice and the boys spent a year in Japan with his mother. On their return to Minnesota, Berenice worked in the offices of 3M Headquarters in St. Paul for over 35 years. In 1974, she married Zika Simich.

After early retirement, they moved to Cherokee Village in 1986. She was a member of St. Michaels Catholic Church in Cherokee Village.

Survivors include her husband, Zika Simich of the home; four sons and their wives -- William and Juanita Hoffman of Cloquet, Minn., Robert and Kara Hoffman of Park Rapids, Minn., Jeffrey and Gloria Hoffman of Pine City, Minn., and Stephen and Serena Hoffman of Angola, Ind.; a stepson, Alexander Simich of San Diego, Calif.; two sisters -- Eleanor Summers of Atlanta, Ga., and Alyce Jean Huber of Lakeville Minn.; and two step-sisters -- Lila Sipetich of Calif. and Milka of Yugoslavia; five brothers -- Robert Thiry of Pine City Minn., Harold Thiry of Pine City, Minn., Dick Thiry of Cambridge, Minn., Jerry Thiry of Hayward Wis., and Allen Thiry of Grand Rapids, Minn.; eight grandchildren -- Tessa, Brent, J. Boone, Josh, Sam, Kristin, Erin and Briana; and three great-grandchildren -- Sequoia, Marcus and Evan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Lydia Thiry, her husband, William Hoffman, her brother, Leo, a brother-in-law, John Huber; and sister-in-law, Karen Thiry.

A memorial mass is scheduled for Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church with Father Kevin Atunzu officiating. Burial services will be in the Spring at Calvary Cemetery in Pine City, Minn.

Arrangements are under the direction of Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel of Highland, Ark.