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Deanna D. Hoffman
May 19, 1938 ~ October 24, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Deanna DiMarco Hoffman (85) of Fairfield, Connecticut, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2023.
Deanna was born on May 19, 1938, in the home of her parents, Corinto and Marianna DiMarco, in Wappingers Falls, New York. She was the third child, having an older sister Rachel and an older brother Frederick. Her parents both immigrated from Italy after World War I, her father from Cugnoli and her mother from Scafa. Deanna, who was bilingual, very much enjoyed her life in a small town surrounded by her large extended family. She attended the Wappingers Falls public schools, graduating with all honors. She was Editor of the Yearbook, wrote for the school newspaper, played field hockey, played the clarinet and danced ballet and tap. She then graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York, with a degree in biochemistry. While in college she honed her art talents, concentrating in oils and creating numerous beautiful paintings. The College of Mount Saint Vincent was founded by the Sisters of Charity, and for the rest of her life Deanna was devoted to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the founder of the Sisters of Charity.
After graduating from college, Deanna married Henry James Hoffman, Jr., who had graduated from Fairfield University the year before. After residing in Manhattan and Riverdale, they eventually moved to Fairfield, Connecticut, where they raised their children. Deanna was a loving mother who was devoted to and cherished her four children: Henry (also known as Jamie); David (and Mary Margaret); Michael (also known as Duke); and Marianne (and Peter Robb). Her grandchildren were the love and joy of her life: Henry James, Katherine, Peter and Charlotte.
One of her greatest pleasures was hospitality. Deanna loved to host family dinners and holidays; and her house at Fairfield Beach was always open to extended family and friends. Deanna was a fantastic cook who always made all gatherings into a celebration.
While raising her children, she also taught in private schools, most notably her experience teaching in the Montessori system. She was also extremely active in the community where she volunteered countless hours at numerous groups, including as president of the American Association of University Women; as president of the PTA Council of Fairfield; and with the Glenmary Guild. She was elected Woman of the Year for all of her service to the community. As her children grew up, she returned to her love of art and writing and took numerous writing classes. Additionally, she completed a course of study through Trinity College, Washington, D.C. for Education For Parish Service Program, and volunteered her services at Norwalk Hospital. A devout Catholic, she was always involved in many aspects of parish life.
Deanna was preceded in death by her parents, Corinto and Marianna; her siblings, Rachel and Frederick; and her husband Henry.
She is survived by her children: Henry (Jamie), David, Michael (Duke), Marianne; her grandchildren Henry James, Katherine, Peter and Charlotte; and many cousins, nieces and nephews, and extended family.
Family and friends may pay their respects on Friday, November 3rd, from 4-8 p.m. at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Rd. Trumbull, CT. Funeral services will take place Saturday, November 4th, at 11am, meeting directly at St Stephen Church, 6948 Main St, Trumbull, CT 06611. Interment will be private.