Virginia DeLap Hofmann


Virginia DeLap Hofmann, 87, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015. She was a resident of Greenwood.

She was born Feb. 23, 1928, in Indianapolis, to Roy and Zella McDermed Patrick.

She attended Howe High School and St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing.

She was a charter member of Southport Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, youth director and president of the Christian Women’s Fellowship group. Virginia organized many fundraising events.

She was a president of the Women’s Architectural League and past president of the Indiana Architectural Foundation Board. Virginia was the first woman (and layperson) to serve on that board.

She was invited to serve a second term. In 1983, the Indiana Society of Architects, A.I.A., awarded her the Don E. Gibson Memorial Medal. This is a statewide honor presented to a layperson for contributions to the field of architecture.

In 1964, she became a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association. She was the chairwoman of the South Group Board twice. She also served on the Executive Board and chaired many major events. Virginia originated the program to give extra tickets to charity groups. For 51 years she supported the orchestra.

Her friends described Virginia as spunky, popular, gracious and classy. She enjoyed playing cards in six bridge groups. She organized a seventh group, to start on the day she passed, which is the only reason she missed playing bridge.

Virginia loved concerts, theater and arts events.

Virginia was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert L. Hofmann.

She is survived by children, Rhonda DeLap Tipton (David) of Indianapolis, Kenneth DeLap (Teri Weksler) of Birmingham, Albama, and Denise Webb of Greenfield; four grandchildren, Ben, Sterling, Maxfield and Rylan; two great-grandchildren; and a stepdaughter, Jann Hull (Lawrence) of Indianapolis.

A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at G.H. Herrmann Funeral Home at the Gardens of Olive Branch, 1605 S. State Road 135. Visitation will be from noon until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given to the donor’s choice of charity.