Margaret Connolly Hoffman, 94, of Bellport, New York, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, Jan. 28.
“Peg” or “Peggy” was preceded one week in death by her beloved youngest sister, Mary Lane Connolly Cairns of Marblehead.
As one of four daughters of Eugene T. and Eloise L. Connolly of Marblehead, Margaret was known for her wry sense of humor, her beauty and her athletic prowess in diving and sailing at the Pleon Yacht Club and Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead. She graduated from the Pingree School, the Windsor School and Briarcliff College in 1949. She raised a family of five children in New Canaan, Connecticut, with her husband, Edwin F. Hoffman Jr., who predeceased her in 1982 after 31 years together.
Following Ed’s unexpected sudden death, Peg worked as a receptionist at IESC in Stamford, Connecticut. for many years. Then, after being lured north by an old admirer and new “beau,” Edwin “Ned” Stephenson, to Franconia, New Hampshire and Southport, Maine, Peg retired to the comfort of family and loving grandchildren in 2003 to Bellport, Long Island, New York, where she resided until her death.
She was known for her generosity and her love of family. She is survived by her sons Ned, Tim, Derek and Jon and eight grandchildren. She was predeceased by her older sisters, Barbara Connolly Guild and Ellen Connolly and, tragically, by her smart, beautiful daughter Holly, next to whom she will be interred in Beverly Farms cemetery, Beverly. She is also survived by her brother Eugene T. Connolly of New Haven, Connecticut. and a large number of adoring nieces and nephews.