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Elsie Evelyn Rice Hoff

May 1, 1923 - April 6, 2018

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Elsie Evelyn Rice Hoff, beloved wife of the late Sylvester Hoff, and devoted mother of daughters Sylvena Hoff Dorner of Oakland, CA, Michele Hoff West of Columbus, Ohio, and the late Gwendolyn Hoff Phillips of Atlanta, Georgia, departed her earthly life on Friday April 6, 2018, after years of an extended illness. Elsie Hoff, fifth child of eight, of the late Isaac Bronson Rice and Hazel Bush Rice, was born in Middletown, Ohio, on May 1, 1923.

She lived her formative years in Middletown, Ohio, and later moved to Connecticut, after her graduation from High School. During her early years in Connecticut, she met Sylvester William Hoff. They were joined in marriage and established their family.

Elsie Evelyn Hoff came from a talented musical family; every one played an instrument, or sang. Throughout her childhood, and high school, Elsie participated in numerous musical performances, and the school chorus. During her adult life she became a member of the prestigious New Haven Chorale, and also enjoyed singing in a group with her sisters called the “Rice Trio” and performed in a variety of venues. Additionally, her continuous passion for singing and church involvement led her to join the Bethel AME Senior Church Choir, directing the children’s choir, and teaching Sunday School for many years.

The proudest accomplishments in her mid 50’s was returning to college to pursue a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degrees. She fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming an Elementary School Teacher. Mrs. Hoff was employed by St. Martin De Porres Catholic School and the New Haven Public Schools for several years.

She loved nature and enjoyed being outside and gardening.  Elsie was a caring and giving person and leaves a legacy of love.

In addition to her daughters Sylvena Hoff Dorner and Michele Hoff West (Pheoris), she leaves to remember her, Sister Nabeela Uqdah, Sister-in-law Viola Henderson (Albert); five grandchildren, Heather Dorner, Jahlani (Pamela), Pheannah, Adji West; four great-grandchildren, Christopher Dorner, Brianna Levels, Adjyannah, Keenan and Kohen West, and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a visitation on Thursday, April 12th, 2018 from 9:00AM to 11:00AM, at Grissom's Chapel & Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo, California, 94580. A Celebration of Life will begin at 11:00AM. 

Burial will take place at Mt. Eden Cemetery, 2440 Depot Rd., Hayward, California, at 1:00PM.

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