Natalie Bell (Whittlesey) Hoffman, 99, died at a Torrington nursing home on January 25, 2016. She was born in Derby on Dec. 15, 1916, the daughter of Bernard L. and Ella M. (Ohmen) Whittlesey, and grew up on the family farm in New Preston. She graduated from Washington (now Shepaug) High School in 1935 and in 1937 married Robert B. Hoffman of Warren. Their daughter Judith was born in 1940, daughter Virginia in 1942, and son David in 1949.
Mrs. Hoffman worked for many years as a medical office assistant in a medical practice in Washington before retiring at age 70. She was the oldest living member of the New Preston Congregational Church, where she had served as deacon and on several committees, and had enjoyed activities with senior citizen groups in Warren and Morris. Her hobbies were growing beautiful flowers and cooking and baking. She was widely known as the Cookie Lady because of her delicious cookies, cakes and pies, which she willingly baked for many community organizations as well as for her family. She and her husband, who died in 1994, enjoyed their retirement in their “dream house” in Bantam, the site of many family picnics and holiday get-togethers. At age 95 she moved to Valerie Manor in Torrington, where she developed new interests in crafts and writing and enjoyed many social activities there.
Mrs. Hoffman is survived by her daughter Judith Hakola of Orono, ME; her daughter Virginia Eastman of West Simsbury and her husband Stanley; her son, David Hoffman, of Morris; and her brother, Lyle Whittlesey, of Litchfield She will be missed very much by her grandchildren and their families: Alyssa Krasowski, her husband Frank and their children Madelyn and Nicholas; Christopher Hoffman and his wife Joanna and their daughter Zoe; Andrew Hakola and his wife Stefani and Ashetin, Drew and Trayce; Amy Hakola; and Matthew and Elizabeth Rakola and their son Alexander. She will also be missed by her dearest friend, Charlotte Fleet of Kent, and many other friends. She was predeceased by her parents and husband, her son-in-law John Hakola and her beloved daughter-in-law Virginia Hoffman.
A memorial gathering will be held in the spring, her favorite season. Gifts in her memory may be sent to the New Preston Congregational Church Book of Remembrance, 15 Church Street, New Preston, CT 06777. Arrangements were handled by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.
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