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Karen C. (Cotter) Hoffman

In Golden, Colorado, formerly of Revere & Swampscott, April 18th, 2021, following a lengthy illness in the loving presence of her God & family. Beloved wife of Jeffrey Hoffman. Cherished mother of Drew & Jessa of Denver, CO. Dear sister of Trisha C. Nagle, Dr. Janis M. Cotter, both of Swampscott & Philip J. Cotter & his wife Alice of Revere & the late Susan E. Coughlin & her surviving husband, Robert H. Coughlin of Wilmington. Devoted daughter to the late Philip M. “The Chief” & the late Patricia “Nana” (Hennebery) Cotter. Also lovingly survived by numerous nieces & nephews.

Karen was born in Revere to Phil “The Chief” & Pat C. “Nana” Cotter. She attended Mt. St. Joseph Academy before earning her nursing degree at UMass Amherst. Putting that degree to use, she worked in Boston & then moved to Steamboat, CO to pursue skiing & nursing. It was there, that she met her husband & lifelong ski partner, Jeff with whom she had two adoring children, Drew & Jessa. She continued her education earning her master’s in nursing administration at the University of Colorado & then worked as the Director of Nursing in Steamboat. Karen’s nursing career touched many people & forged many friendships that she held dear over these last few years.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the family in most sincere regard to the welfare of the anticipated large group of mourners had private services including interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Colorado. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 10th, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at The Vista at Applewood Golf Course in Golden, CO. We invite anyone who was touched by Karen’s love to join us on this date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a remembrance to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation or the Denver Harlequins Wheelchair Rugby Team (harlequins.wedid.it).


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  1. Linda Mauro Grasso
    May 15 2021

    My deepest sympathy to Karen’s family. May your memories of her sustain you. The world was a better place with Karen in it.

  2. Marian Fielding Farnham
    May 4 2021

    May my good hearted, kind, generous and loving friend “Cotter”, as I lovingly called her, Rest in Peace. I will miss you always. To your entire family I wish for peace and healing in the memories you leave with them. Loved you Cotter, Mar

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