470 Massachusetts Avenue, Acton MA 01720


Carolyn Ann Hoff

Carolyn Ann Hoff

Monday, February 24th, 2020
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Carolyn Ann. (Connolly) Hoff, of Acton, MA, died peacefully on Monday, February 24 2020 in hospice care surrounded by family. She was 81.

Carolyn was born and raised in Norwood, MA. The only child of Bartley J. and Eleanor M. (Thayer) Connolly, she graduated from Norwood High School and went to work at the town hall. She moved on to work as a secretary for Honeywell Corporation where she met her husband (the late) Paul T. Hoff. Their 47 years of marriage started with notes being passed through the secure internal couriers. Over time they moved to Acton where Carolyn had a long career at Minuteman Technical High School as the Administrative Assistant to the Principal.

She was a devoted mother. An avid supporter of Boy Scout Troop 1 Acton she could always be found driving scouts to events, planning Eagle Courts of Honor, and helping at local events like camporees and the Patriots Day Isaac Davis march to Concord. Her community involvement extended beyond Scouting, and included participating in church craft fairs, Acton Women's Club, and Newcomers Club.

One of Carolyn’s gifts was hospitality. Anyone who came to the house was family, and it was common to have an extra seat at the dinner table for her son’s friends. She loved hosting many annual gatherings and open houses for friends and family.

She adored Disney, and particularly enjoyed visiting Disney World during the holidays with friends. A highlight for her and the family was a trip to Disney exploring the parks with her grandchildren.

She was a pillar of strength believing a positive outlook helped her beat cancer multiple times, including ovarian and lung cancer.

She is survived by her two sons: Stephen P. Hoff and his wife, Kathryn Flinner of Lowell; Christopher P. Hoff and his wife, Andrea of Chelmsford. She also leaves three beloved grandchildren, Kyra Hoff of Chelmsford, Nicholas and Elizabeth Hoff of Lowell, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, March 4th from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Avenue, (Rt. 111), Acton, MA 01720. A funeral service will be celebrated on Thursday, March 5th at 11:00 A.M. in the funeral home. Burial will be private at a later date.

Carolyn was a strong believer that we should all “do for the living” so in lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the charity of your choice. Some family favorites include hospice care, cancer research, local Boy Scouts of America groups, and Special Olympics.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Acton Funeral Home
    470 Massachusetts Avenue
    ACTON, MA 01720
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 11:00am
    Acton Funeral Home
    470 Massachusetts Avenue
    ACTON, MA 01720
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Thomas E. Maehl


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Private Condolence

Nancy Foley

Posted at 07:19pm
Please accept our sympathy to the Hoff family on the death of Carolyn.
She was a dear friend and we had many wonderful times together.

With our sympathy,
Tom and Nancy Foley and family

Karen Moran

Posted at 05:31pm
Your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Karen and Ed Moran

Erin C

Posted at 10:17am
If Tears Could Build A Stairway

If tears could build a stairway
And memories were a lane
I would walk right up to heaven
And bring you back again
No farewell words were spoken
No time to say goodbye
You were gone before I knew it
And only God knows why
My heart still aches with sadness
And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you
No one will ever know
But now I know you want me
To mourn for you no more
To remember all the happy times
Life still has much in store
Since you'll never be forgotten
I pledge to you today
A hallowed place within my heart
Is where you'll always stay

Steve, Nick, Betsy, Kat and family - you are all in our thoughts during this difficult time and we are sending you all our support and love.

Erin, Josh & Seamus

Jan Smith

Posted at 07:59pm
Steve, Chris and Family,
I was very fortunate to get the job at Minuteman so many years ago and work with your Mom. Little did I know back then that I met a life long friend. She was a wonderful lady that will be missed.
Our thoughts are with you,
Jan & Mike Smith



Posted at 02:43pm
Chris and Steve ,I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am about your Mom's passing. I will truly miss her. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers. Love Ellie.

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