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Antoinette M. "Toni" Kilhoffer

June 3, 1929 — July 30, 2023


Antoinette M. "Toni" Kilhoffer, 94, of Ridgway, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, July 30, 2023, at Penn Highlands Elk.

She was born on June 3, 1929 in Ridgway, PA, a daughter of the late Joseph and Lena Caggeso Viglione. 

On March 12, 1953, she married the late Louis Kilhoffer, who preceded her in death on July 6, 1996. Together they were blessed with 43 years  of marriage.

Toni was a lifelong resident of Ridgway and member of St. Leo's Church, where she was also a member of the Altar Guild, C.D of A, and spent a lot of time singing for funerals and weddings.  She was a graduate of St. Leo High School, where she was a cheerleader all through high school.  In her early years, she also worked as a waitress for Gorman's Dairy and at the Ridgway Hospital.  She then retired from Alltel after more than 30 years of service as an operator.  Toni had a talent for and enjoyed baking wedding and birthday cakes, always delighting in sharing her creations. She spent a lot of time volunteering, always enjoying helping at the Food Bank and teaching religious education.  For many years, she was active with St. Leo's cheerleading and loved coaching the girls.  

Toni loved nothing more than spending time with her family, working around the house and in her garden, and cheering on the Ridgway Elkers during football season, also having received the "Greatest Fan Medal".  She was a kind, generous, and faithful wife, mother and grandmother who prayed the rosary often and had a special place in her heart for all animals.

She is survived by three children; Thomas (Donna) Kilhoffer, Louis "Punk" (Mary) Kilhoffer and Mary Ann (Mark) Rezmerski, all of Ridgway, by four grandchildren; Kara Ann Kilhoffer, Brenton Kilhoffer, Kelsey (Charlie) Kirkpatrick, and Kevin Kilhoffer, by ten great-grandchildren, as well as by two step-grandchildren; Mark Zimmerman and Scott Zimmerman.

She is also survived by four siblings; Carmella Distler of Binghamton, NY, Jennie (Livio) Morelli of Ridgway, Joseph (Sandy) Viglione of Ridgway, and David (Patti) Viglione of Hamburg, NY, as well as by a sister-in-law; Barbara Viglione of Ridgway, and by numerous nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother; Michael Viglione, a sister; Mary Popson (Jim), her brother-in-law; Bill Distler, and by her beloved dog; Eddie.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Antoinette M. "Toni" Kilhoffer will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 3, 2023 at St. Leo Magnus Church, 111 Depot Street, Ridgway, PA15853 with Fr. Justin Pino, Pastor, as celebrant. 

Burial will follow in the St. Leo's Cemetery.

A visitation is being held privately with the family.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Leo's Church or School, or to the Elk County Humane Society.

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA 15853 is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be offered to the family at

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