Gerald R. ‘Jerry’ Hofbauer

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Gerald R. “Jerry” Hofbauer, 63, of Marquette, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, December 29, 2012, at his home, with his family by his side and under the loving care of Lake Superior Hospice.

Jerry was born November 4, 1949, in Hancock, MI, a son of the late Roland and Marilyn (Auge) Hofbauer. He was raised in L’Anse, graduated from L’Anse High School in 1967 and was a member of the 1966 State Champion basketball team. He also received a Bachelor’s Degree from Ferris State University.

Jerry enjoyed a career with the department of corrections from 1975 until his retirement in 2010 as warden of Marquette Branch Prison. He was the youngest warden in the state of Michigan. He was a member of The American Legion, Elks and Marquette Golf Club.

On November 1, 2003, he married Christine M. Genore in Marquette. Although their time together was too short, it was filled with laughter and love. They enjoyed playing golf, friends and winters in south Florida.

Jerry was an avid University of Michigan football fan. His leisure activities included watching football games, golf and having a beer with his buddies.

He is survived by his wife, Chris of Marquette; children, Courtney Hofbauer of Lansing, Jeri (Chad) Anderson of Owasso, MI, Justin (Jamie) Hofbauer of Onondaga Township and Tyler (Becky) Hofbauer of New Hudson, MI and Tracy Vizanko (fiance Joe Martin) of Union Pier, MI; grandchildren, Morgan, Malek, Kaleb, Kendall, Justin Jr, Breaunna and soon to be welcomed in May Austin Gerald; siblings, Thomas Hofbauer of Orlando, FL, Linda (Ian) Hofbauer of Sault Ste. Marie, MI and Kristine Hofbauer of Ionia, MI; former wife, Ann Ham of Portland, MI; Brother-in-law John Lerza of Venice, FL; several nieces and nephews and special canine companion, Tilly. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Robert and Dr. Charles Hofbauer.

We want to thank everyone for their love and support during this difficult journey; especially, Ward and Sharon Young, who were there every step of the way along with Dr. Arthur Saari who was always just a phone call away.

Our journey was comforted by the special people at Lake Superior Hospice. Especially the love from Lynn, Becky, Carol, Deb and David.

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider Lake Superior Hospice 914 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Jerry’s life on Saturday, January 5, 2012, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Third Base Bar in Marquette.

The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at