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Patricia Ann (Durkee) Hoffman, 72, of Portage, died Oct. 15, 2020, at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on July 25, 1948, in Adrian, Mich. She was the daughter of Frank Junior Durkee and Virginia Ruth (Miller) Durkee.

She was a 1966 graduate of Addison High School and earned a nursing degree from Foote Hospital School of Nursing in Jackson. She married Bruce Hoffman on June 18, 1972, in Addison, and they were married for 43 years.

She enjoyed antiquing, spending time at Lake Michigan and walking with friends. She was a devoted hospice nurse for many years, retiring in 2016.

She is survived by two sons, Chris and his wife Kristal of Portage, and Tim of Portage; three grandchildren, Skylar, MaKayla and Rorey; two sisters, Kathy Savage of O’Fallon, Mo., and Judy Stanton of Lilburn, Ga.; and one brother, Dennis Durkee, of Victoria, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her father in 1998, her mother in 2015 and her brother Tom in 2019.

Services will be private. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Flowers for the family can be sent to 5645 Burrwood Ave., Portage, MI 49002.

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Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Denny on October 16, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    RIP my sister Pat! You leave behind great kids, great grandkids and lots of great memories!

  2. Deborah Rathbun (White) on October 16, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    You were a a great classmate and friend. I remember so many fun times at Girl Scouts with your mom as our Leader. God blessed you with a beautiful family and he will continue to watch over them.

  3. Kay ( Mary Kay) ( Ward ) Wenta on October 16, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    I remember you fondly. We shared a lot of childhood activities. Girl Scouts, dancing, and the most fun was making lots of yummy cakes in your easy bake oven..I think Tommy ate most of them! You will be missed.

  4. Carol J Lawrence on October 16, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Oh, I’m going to miss her! She was my walking partner for the last 2 years. I knew she had been readmitted, but I thought this hospitalization would be like last time. She loved to teach, and taught me about her disease, her hopes, her practical measures. We had good times, she & I.

  5. Delia Baker on October 17, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    On behalf of the Trail Dames organization, I send deepest and sincerest condolences for the loss of Patrica. On a personal level, I will greatly miss Pat’s bright spirit and loving soul.

    Pat joined the Michigan chapter of the Trail Dames back in April of 2017. She attended several outdoor recreational events. On a few occasions, she shared that gathering with women and participating in outdoor recreation was a physical and mental therapy for her.

    I am forever grateful that our life paths crossed, and that the Trail Dames could provide her peace and strength. ❤️

  6. Julie K on October 18, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Miss Pat will be missed by her neighbors dearly. I always enjoyed sharing my creative ideas with her about crafting, gardening and landscaping, because she had so many as well. Miss Pat was fond of my young children, and always had a special surprise just for them.

    Even our dog Carlo had a spot in her heart. He loved the hose and she would happily give him a spray on hot summer days, or toss his ring with him when she took a break from yard work. She told me she was never a dog person, except for Carlo.

    She will be missed, and our condolences to her family.

  7. The Nichols Family on October 18, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Pat cared for our daughter for many years. Pat was caring, funny, and sensible. She took care of our daughter’s physical needs, but attended to her social-emotional needs, too. It was Pat’s habit to hold our daughter on her lap after lunch and read recipes to her, or just fill her in on the “doings”. She took the role of a friend as well as a nurse. We will miss her very much. Our sympathies go out to her family.

  8. Barbara Freedman on October 19, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Well Pat, we were going to have lunch together after COVID went away, but now the only one gone is you. I have so many memories of our conversations and laughs together. I so enjoyed your company. And I can’t believe you got me to jump out of an airplane! A day I’ll never forget. I will miss you Pat, so very much.

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