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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, December 11, 2008


Matthew Hoffman

Matthew Hoffman, who grew up in the Hilltowns, made a career of the military and was a devoted family man.

He died, after a long illness, on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, at his home in Cottage Grove, Minn. He was 49.

“He was very outgoing and had lots of friends,” said his brother, Jim Hoffman, of West Berne. “He would know everybody in a roomful of people in no time.”

Mr. Hoffman was born on April 22, 1959 in New York City, the son of George and Anne Marie (Van Cura) Hoffman. The family moved from Long Island to Berne when he was a boy. He was the youngest of five sons.

He attended Berne-Knox-Westerlo schools, where his mother was a bus driver. His father had retired.

“He left school early to join the Army,” said his brother. “He liked it and made a career out of it.”

He was a motor pool supervisor, working as a mechanic for Army vehicles, his brother said.

He was first stationed in Germany. Upon returning to the United States, he married Constance G. Wolford on June 30, 1984. The couple made their home in Westport, Conn. and, in 1989, moved to Minnesota where he continued his military career until 2003, as he worked under the 88th Regional Support Command out of Fort Snelling.

“Matthew enjoyed fishing and working on cars,” his family wrote in a tribute. “He loved people and enjoyed helping others.”

“He was very happily married with four beautiful children,” said his brother. “His granddaughter was born two days before he died.”

Jim Hoffman concluded, “His kids were his life. He did everything with them… More than anything, he enjoyed spending time with his family.”

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Matthew Hoffman is survived by his wife of 24 years, Connie; his daughters, Casey, Amanda, and Tina Hoffman; his son, Kyle Hoffman; and his granddaughter, Lyla Likes.

He is also survived by his brothers, Jack Hoffman and his wife, Claire, of Wareham, Mass.; Buddy Hoffman and his wife, Connie, of Palm Bay, Fla.; and Jim Hoffman and his wife, Rosemary, of West Berne.

He is survived, too, by his mother-in-law, Barbara Wolford, of Schoharie, and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, George and Anne Marie Hoffman, died before him, as did his brother, Kevin, and his father-in-law, Harbie Wolford.

A funeral service was held on Dec. 6 in Cottage Grove, Minn. With Rev. Brad Kindall officiating. Interment with military honors was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Fort Snelling, Minn.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer


Margaret R. Williams

A devoted mother, Margaret R. Williams loved the small things in life, said her daughter.

“She loved watching birds, and making miniature doll houses, and she loved the small things in life you do for people,” said Susan Williams-Germain of Niskayuna.

Mrs. Williams died at her Niskayuna home, surrounded by her loving family, on Dec. 3, 2008.

The daughter of the late Albert and Alice Harrison, she was born in Astoria, N.Y. “She was more country than city,” said her daughter. The only thing she kept from her New York City upbringing was her accent, said Ms. Williams-Germain.

Mrs. Williams, known to her friends as Margie, lived in Altamont for years, working first as a teacher’s aid in the Guilderland schools and later as an advertising representative for The Altamont Enterprise. She also worked at Phoebe’s Florist; she loved flowers and enjoyed keeping her own garden. Finally, Mrs. Williams worked at Shaker Equipment Rentals for 20 years.

She made “many wonderful friends” at each of those places and they kept in touch over the years, her daughter said.

Mrs. Williams was a member of the Department 56 Club. Its members visited each other’s houses during the holidays to see how they put together miniature villages, her daughter said. She also worked at a dollhouse store in Altamont.

“She was always involved with the Farmers’ Museum at the Altamont Fair,” said her daughter. She would sing at the museum during fair week.

Mrs. Williams also had a passion for Walt Disney World. “She loved, loved, loved Disney World,” said Ms. Williams-Germain. “She was a child at heart.” Dopey was her favorite Disney character and the castle her favorite venue.

Mrs. Williams was granted a dying wish through the Dream Foundation “to go to Disney World one last time,” her daughter said. Becoming tearful, she went on, “It was scheduled for December 13; she didn’t make it.”

Above all else, said Ms. Williams-Germain of her mother, “She lived for her children.”

She recalled how, at the end of her life, “In hospice, she needed a lot. One day, she said to me, ‘I’m sorry you have to do this.’

“I said, ‘Mom, don’t apologize.’

“She said, ‘Everyone’s telling me I did for you when you were a baby and now it’s your turn.’

“I said, ‘I’m doing this for all the things you did for me when I was an adult.’…She was always there for us.”

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Margaret R. Williams is survived by her children, Robert Williams and his wife, Priscilla, of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass; JoAnn Williams of Niskayuna; and Susan Williams-Germain and her husband, Jason, of Niskayuna. Her son-in-law Greg Thomson died before here.

She is also survived by her sisters, Alice Tochterman and her husband, Bill, of Rosendale, N.Y, and Betty Pietromonoco and her husband, Bernard, of Astoria, N.Y; and by her grandchildren, Stuart Darrah and Allison Derrusha.

She was the former wife of George Williams of Slingerlands.

She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and by many other branches of her loving family, especially Laurie, Donna, Todd and his family and Lauren.

A mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Albany with interment in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Guilderland.

Arrangements are by New Comer Cannon Funeral Home in Colonie. Messages for the family may be left online at www.NewcomerAlbany.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12308.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer


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