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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 (

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  1. Mary Frisoli and Noreen Lovett
    Aug 18 2021

    Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. We went to the Mount with Karen and she was always energetic, joyful and at times thought provoking, our friend Cotter, the “girl with the curl”.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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