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Date of Birth: February 21, 1974
Position: Broker’s Assistant, Mortgage Back Security Department
Taken from the eulogy read by Emma and Carl Betta at the Hoffmann Memorial Service:
As the Greek philosopher Plato said, “Without friends, no one would choose to live,
Though he had all other goods.”
Something quite special happened to our family approximately 22 years ago—we met Gail, Fred, Nicole and Michele Hoffmann. From simple acquaintance grew
Friendship and, ultimately, extended family. We have had the privilege to share in joy and grief, to rejoice in watching children grow, to grow together. We consider Gail and Fred’s family as our own.
In the case of Michele, in particular, we have seen her grow from a beautiful, feisty little girl to a beautiful, feisty young woman who had the uncanny ability to make us laugh. Admittedly, sometimes we laughed at her, because, along with her stubbornness and determination, she exhibited a childlike quality, both charming and amusing.
Her best friend, Tara, commented to us that she couldn’t imagine having grown up without Michele, that Michele had a way of bringing out the best in her friends. One of the qualities that Tara recognized in Michele was her honesty, a rare quality indeed. Michele cared about the success, the happiness of her friends. She was a beautiful person, both inside and out, and could light up a room with her laugh, her flashing smile, her dazzling eyes and her confidence. No one who met Michele could forget her. The world has lost a beautiful person, who loved and will always be loved by her family and her friends.
Michele would want us to move on, to go back to living our lives. After all, Michele had perfected the art of living life to the fullest. As her most beautiful and courageous mother said to me this week, Michele could shop with the best.
Michele, we are certain that flights of angels have sung you to your rest and that you are cradled in God’s arms. We will forever hold you lovingly in our hearts.