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Geraldine Hoff Doyle
Birth: Jul. 31, 1924
Inkster
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Death: Dec. 26, 2010
Lansing
Ingham County
Michigan, USA

World War II Icon. She was the inadvertent model for poster figure Rosie the Riveter. Raised in suburban Detroit, she had recently graduated from high school in Ann Arbor and was working in a sheet metal factory when a photographer took the picture that was turned into a Westinghouse motivational poster by graphic artist J. Howard Miller, using Geraldine's face but adding the muscles. She left the factory within a short time, not wanting to injure her hands and limit her ability to play the cello; on her next job at a soda fountain she met dental student Leo Doyle, eventually marrying him. She lived out her days in Lansing, not realizing that she had been Rosie until seeing the poster in AARP's magazine in the early 1980s. She died in a hospice of complications from severe arthritis; Rosie the Riveter was depicted on a 1992 US postage stamp. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Leo H. Doyle (1921 - 2010)
 
Burial:
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Theron & Helen Smith
Record added: Dec 27, 2010
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Geraldine <i>Hoff</i> Doyle
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Geraldine <i>Hoff</i> Doyle
Added by: Bob Hufford
 
Geraldine <i>Hoff</i> Doyle
Added by: Bob Hufford
 
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