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“Barbara will be missed at the salon. I enjoyed so many good laughs and stories shared with her. Thinking of you all, so sorry for your loss. Rest In...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Amanda Brennan - Wakefield, MA

“Dear Kirby and Family;I have only known Barbara for a short time, but during that time it has been such a nice experience getting to know her and...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Valerie Deland - Lynn, MA

“May there be a reunion unlike any living shall know.You were the bedrock of the family although you deferred to Dave. May you be at rest in mind and...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Rich Burditt - Wells, ME

“Barbara will be missed by her friends and coworkers here at the Paper Store. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family. ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: The Paper Store Lynnfield - MA

“Barbara, we shared stories, of past and present, of the racing day's of your husband Dave and my partner at the time............sure gonna miss our...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Richard Travers - Medford, MA

“My sincere condolences to Barbara's family. This is such a shock and Barbara was always such a wonderful help at the Winton Gift Shop. She will be...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Phyllis Connell Poulin - MA

“We are extremely saddened to hear of Barbs passing as she was a wonderful lady full of laughter and kindness! We loved having her at the Lynnfield...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Kristin Walker - LYNNFIELD, MA

“You will truly be missed at Winchester hospital ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Carol Minteer - Billerica, MA

“To Barbara's Family - I fondly remember your mother/grandmother when she worked at the Winchester Hospital Gift Shop. She was always so pleasant to...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Marguerite Fahey - Wakefield, MA

“I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Barbara's passing. She will be dearly missed! ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Pauline Boynton - Exeter, NH

“We are so sorry to hear about the your sudden loss of Mom and grandmother. Our condolences go out to all of you. Love Cousins Marla and David. ...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Marla Freedman - Peabody, MA


Barbara Ann Hoffman, age 78, a lifelong Wakefield resident, died Monday, September 12 at the Winchester Hospital.

Born in Boston on June 26, 1944 she was the daughter of the late Arthur G. and Mary Caroline (James) Kierstead.

Barbara was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1962. She was known by all to be a "people person," and for many years worked in retail sales where she built lasting friendships with customers and coworkers alike. Barbara always had an open-door policy for her friends, with someone always stopping by for a cup of coffee. She enjoyed taking walks around town with special friends which always seemed to end at "their bench" on the upper common of Lake Quannapowitt.

Above all, Barbara was dedicated to her family and to her faith. She was a devout Christian and was a member of Branch Church of Peabody. She shared her faith freely and set an example of kindness, grace and generosity for her family. She was active in her church and participated in Life Group and was a volunteer greeter.

She was the beloved wife of the late David Hoffman, with whom she shared 47 years of marriage. She was the cherished mother of Kim M. Burditt of Wakefield and the late Jon D.S. Hoffman. She was the adoring grandmother of Kirbie C. O'Brien and Reegan E. O'Brien. She was the sister of the late Claire E. Johnson, Arthur "Jimmy" Kierstead, and Kenneth Kierstead. She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends.

Her Funeral Service will be held in the West Church, 27 Johnson St., Peabody on Saturday, September 17 at 11am. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday September 16 from 4-7pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley, a program of Family Services, Inc. 430 North Canal St., Lawrence, MA 01840.