Donna S. duHoff­mann

Sunday Star - - OBITUARIES - DONNA S. DUHOFF­MANN

TRAPPE — Donna Su­san (Cortese) duHoff­mann, born on June 2, 1954, in South Or­ange, N.J., to the late Genevieve Cortese and the late Frank Cortese Sr., passed away at age 64, af­ter a lengthy bat­tle with can­cer. On the morn­ing of June 11, 2018, Donna died peace­fully in her home in Trappe, Md., sur­rounded by her hus­band, chil­dren, a child­hood friend and her dog.

A 1972 grad­u­ate of Columbia High School in Maple­wood, N.J., Donna pur­sued her tal­ent and in­ter­est in the visual arts, earn­ing a de­gree in pho­tog­ra­phy from the New York School of Visual Arts in 1979. For sev­eral years, she lived in and around New Jer­sey and New York City, work­ing for her fa­ther’s neon light com­pany, EGL, and as the as­sis­tant and stylist for a well-known New York pho­tog­ra­pher, David Kennedy. Shortly af­ter her mar­riage in 1987 to Poul An­thony duHoff­mann, the cou­ple moved to the East­ern Shore of Mary­land to start a new life for them­selves and their chil­dren. For a few years, the cou­ple lived on their boat, the Petrine, on Kent Is­land, af­ter which they moved to a farm­house in Trappe. Donna was a gifted artist in many me­dia from a young age and, later in life, chan­neled her con­sid­er­able tal­ent and skill into up­hol­stery and chair dress­ing. Af­ter a few years work­ing pri­mar­ily with boat can­vas, she opened her own busi­ness, Classic Chair and Sofa Stu­dio, serv­ing di­verse clients in and around Mary­land’s Mid-Shore re­gion.

Donna’s many in­ter­ests and hob­bies in­cluded yoga, sail­ing, gar­den­ing, cook­ing, bike rid­ing and tango danc­ing with her hus­band in their home stu­dio and also in com­mu­nity set­tings and events. She was widely ap­pre­ci­ated and ad­mired as an ex­cel­lent and gen­er­ous host­ess and cook, and the duHoff­man house­hold was ver y of­ten busy with gath­er­ings of her many friends and ex­tended fam­ily.

She is sur­vived by her hus­band of 30 years, Poul An­thony duHoff­mann; and her sons, Dane and Michael duHoff­mann; her two broth­ers, Frank Cortese Jr. and Gary Cortese. Donna was blessed to also have a num­ber of lov­ing stepchil­dren in her life and is also sur­vived by her step­daugh­ters, Jus­tine Kowin­ski, Jes­sica duHoff­mann-Go­ers, Vanessa duHoff­mann, Theresa Wooten; and her step­sons, Paul duHoff­mann, Chris­tian duHoff­mann, Soren duHoff­mann, Gun­ther duHoff­mann; as well as 11 grand­chil­dren; a host of nieces, neph­ews and cousins, friends and her beloved dog, Stella.

A pri­vate cel­e­bra­tion of life for Donna will be held for fam­ily and close friends in Eas­ton, Md., on Oct. 20. As per her wishes, a cherry tree has been planted on her prop­erty for anyone who wants to pay their re­spects.

In lieu of flow­ers, those who choose to may make a dona­tion in Donna’s mem­ory to the Se­nior Dog Sanc­tu­ary of Mary­land or the Women’s Can­cer Fund. Al­ter­na­tively, plant­ing a tree in her honor would also be ap­pro­pri­ate and en­cour­aged.

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