Clara Rebecca "Bubbe" Koffman

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MANCHESTER - Clara Rebecca "Bubbe" Koffman died in her home in Manchester Center on March 3 after a long illness.

She was born Dec. 26, 1914 in Buenos Aires, the daughter of the late Adolph and Chippa Mokotoff Singband, both of whom had fled the anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe and met and married in Buenos Aires.

When Clara was one year old, her family moved to the lower east side of N.Y. When she was a young girl, she moved with her father to the Boston area where Al was a prominent dress designer. During those early years they lived with the Issacs/Rose family.

Clara was an excellent student. For many summers she worked as a counselor at Camp Birch Hill in N.H. As a young adult, she ran a dance studio in Boston and Brookline.

She married I. Henry Koffman of Boston. They moved to Connecticut and started a family. She worked with him in his grocery business in New London, Hartford, and Bridgeport, Conn. Upon his death in 1962, Clara worked as a buyer for Federated Department Stores for many years.

After retiring from the retail business, she worked for her only son, Mark Koffman, at his restaurant, The Ships, in Westport, Conn. She spent winters in Del Ray Beach, Fla. In 2002, she moved fulltime to Vermont to live with her son and his family.

Clara is survived by her brother, Larry Singband and his extended family, her son and daughter, Mark and Sandra Koffman, and her grandchildren, Adam Koffman and Chrissy Fredette of Burlington, and Emet and Baruch Koffman of Manchester. She also leaves nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many loving friends and extended family who will miss her.

Anyone who knew "Bubby" loved her.

Her family wants to express its gratitude to Dr. Roger Fox and the many wonderful people at Mountain Valley Medical Center, Dr. Robert Brooks, Millie Dunn and the visiting nurses from Manchester Health Services, Harriet Boone and Nancy White, volunteers from Neighbor to Neighbor, and her loving caregivers, "Simcha" Sandra Koffman, Julie Frischstein (her G-d daughter), Kim Singleton, Alison Hill, Avis Parker, Gen Sheldon, and Ann White. They also want to express their gratitude for the support offered by the Israel Congregation of Manchester and Beth El of Bennington communities. Clara was interred at the family plot in Woburn, Mass. Per her request, there was a private graveside service.

The family will have a memorial service later in the spring.

Donations in her honor may be made to - Mountain Valley Medical Center of Londonderry, Vt., Neighbor to Neighbor of Manchester, Manchester Health Services, Israel Congregation of Manchester, the Betty Kamber Education Fund, Congregation Beth El of Bennington or the charity of your choice.


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