Judith A. Hoffman 1942-2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. — Judith Bowser Hoffman, 76, passed away Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at her home, with her daughter at her bedside.

Born Jan. 15, 1942, in Cortland, she was the daughter of William and Mary Sutter Bowser. Judith was one of four children. Her childhood was spent on the family farm where she remembers sneaking off to read books under an enormous willow tree.

Judith attended elementary school in Mecca and graduated class valedictorian from Mecca High School in 1959. After moving to Vermont in 1963, she attended Goddard College, where she obtained both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Humanities degrees.

Judith was employed as an elementary school teacher in Randolph for many years before retiring in 2008. She was an avid bird watcher and participated in many bird watching activities around Vermont. In her retirement, Judith was a passionate gardener and maintained extensive perennial and vegetable gardens. Her artwork, particularly weaving and painting, demonstrated her great love for the garden.

Survivors include her daughter, Hilary Hoffman and her husband, Jesper Holtenman of Stowe, Vt. and their children, Johan and Anders Holtenman; her brother, William (Tilly) Bowser of Warren; her sister, Karen Manes of Cortland; her former husband, Robert Hoffman and his wife, Cary Brodzinski of West Danville; as well as seven nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister, Naomi Morrison.

A celebration in honor of Judith’s life will be held at a later date in Stowe.

Memorial contributions may be made to Audubon Vermont, 255 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT 05462.

The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, Vt., assisted the Hoffman family with the arrangements. For a memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com

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