Jeanne Meskill Hofmann, town employee for more than three decades, died peacefully on September 24 at McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville, SC after suffering a head injury. She was 86 years old.
Born on November 14, 1927, Jeanne was the daughter of John and Mary Meskill. She grew up in the Boston area, where she graduated from Emmanuel College. In her twenties she worked in New York City, where she worked in human resources for the Rockefeller Institute and Booz Allen and Hamilton and shared an apartment with a friend named Mary Ann Wallace. After returning to the Boston area to work as human resources director for Baird Atomic Company, Jeanne visited Ridgefield many times to visit Mary Ann, who had married Bill Hogan, a local orthodontist. It was on one of these visits that Mary Ann introduced Jeanne to Charlie Hofmann, an advertising executive, widower and father of a toddler and two teenagers. After meeting Charlie, Jeanne’s trips to Ridgefield became much more frequent, and within six months a wedding was planned for June of 1965. Upon hearing this news, Mary Ann, ever a true friend, looked at Jeanne and said, “Are you out of your mind?”