Laura Hagen Hoffman
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Laura Hagen Hoffman was born at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado on March 27, 1987. She died April 23, 2020 of gastric cancer at home in Longmont, Colorado. She was 33 years old. Laura had a life-long passion for science and learning. She graduated from Poudre High School where she received her International Baccalaureate diploma in 2005 and where she rebuilt a Chevy Blazer as her senior project. While in school, Laura participated in 4-H, raising and showing champion poultry and steers. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, minor in Chemistry, and certification in Marine Biology from Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. While in college she made many lifelong friends and developed a taste for craft beer. Following college, Laura moved to Salt Lake City where she worked at the University of Utah Health Science Center in the electron microscopy research department. In 2012 she decided to pursue long held desires to both teach and travel and was accepted into the teaching program at Immaculate Bilingual School in Hinojosa del Duque, Spain for one year. Upon returning to Colorado, she was Base Camp Director at Laurel Elementary School while working on her Masters in Education at Colorado State University. She was pursuing her Doctorate in Education from the University of Northern Colorado when she was diagnosed with cancer in January of 2018. Laura adored teaching and her students. She taught science at Thunder Valley K-8 in Frederick, CO before moving to Longmont High School to teach Biology and Chemistry this past school year. Her teaching schedule allowed her to continue to travel despite her illness. Laura had a boundless curiosity about the world. In the past few years she traveled to Japan, Columbia and Spain. While in Spain in 2017, she became engaged to Brett Littleton, her devoted fiancé. Shortly after her cancer diagnosis in 2018, she and Brett decided to seal their commitment by getting matching tattoos based on a photo of a favorite camping spot featuring a camp fire, her beloved Colorado mountains and starry night sky. In addition to her fiancé, Brett; Laura is survived by her father, David F. Hoffman; her mother, Mary Hagen Roberts; and step-father, John Roberts; brothers, Kevin H. Hoffman (Kelsea Loveless-Hoffman) and Thomas B. Robert;, nephews, Rhys and Leif Hoffman; and many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. She was especially fond of her Hagen Girl-Cousin posse. At her request, her body was donated to science. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to adoptaclassroom.org In Loving Memory of Laura Hoffman's Class which can be found under the Longmont High School page. A memorial gathering will be held in the future with a date to be determined.

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Published in Longmont Times-Call on May 3, 2020.
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May 31, 2020
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Tera Webster
May 19, 2020
So sorry for your loss
I lost my beautiful daughter Lauren Shenoy to gastric cancer last year.

I grieve with you and understand your pain

Yvonne Shenoy
May 19, 2020
I'm a broken mother, I have lost my Dearest my daughter Dr.Christine Buske on Mei 22 2019 for the same cancer.
Carmen Buske
Significant Other
May 15, 2020
Mary, and family, what an odd, strange world we live in. And what a particularly odd, strange time to be alive for, and then to lose a loved one in. I just read the HuffPost article that you wrote Mary. I wanted to reach out and virtually hold your hand and embrace your grief with you. I am so, so sorry that you and your family lost Laura. And moreover, in this time when we cannot grieve as we have all come to expect and need. Laura was indeed a beautiful young lady, less than a year older than me. I lost my brother in 2018 in a car accident, and so I have been witnessing my mother grief and learning to navigate this world without my brother, but even more, navigate this world with grieving parents. I would love to connect you to her if you'd like. My email is audrie.webster@gmail.com if you feel the urge to seek some solidarity. I do not know the pain of losing a child, and I have 2 little ones myself. But, I do know that your heart is broken, and I am sending you as much positivity and light as I can muster. Thinking of you and yours, Audrie.
Audrie Sa
Acquaintance
May 12, 2020
Mary, I read your HuffPost article and I know nothing I say can bring you comfort but please know there are so many young children, students of your daughter that will forever carry a bit of her legacy. I'm sending you all the e-hugs and prayers for your needed solace. Every year for Dia de los Muertos I build an altar to honor my friends and family that have passed, I will include something to honor Laura for you. <3
Nancy Gomez
May 11, 2020
Mary I read your article in the HuffPost regarding the loss of your beautiful daughter Laura. It broke my heart to hear of such a passionate young woman gone way to soon. I did not know Laura but I want you to know I care, strangers care. The love you shared will never end..let your memories embrace you and fill your heart with smiles. Heartfelt condolences to your entire family❤
Carol Choate
May 11, 2020
I cried when I read your piece about Laura. I wish I could take the pain away for you. I promise you prayers for healing and a transformation when you recover from this horrible tragedy that makes your life more blessed. I am a mother of a daughter the same age in Vermont. I pray you feel peace soon. God bless you and your family.
Lynne Ballard
May 10, 2020
I want to add my deepest condolences for your loss. I cried while reading your piece both for all you have lost and because I can relate. I lost both my brother and my father in the last four months and ache with you. The losses are immense and the lack of ritual for closure make it even more so. Sending love.
Jennifer Weiss
May 9, 2020
My heart aches for all who knew and loved Laura. I, too, only know her from Mary's beautiful piece in Huffpost. I am sorry for your loss. I am sorry for your pain. I am sorry that you aren't getting the chance to come together to grieve and to pay tribute to her. She sounds like a wonderful woman who was full of life, adventure and zest. May you always see the signs and feel her presence all around you ... because she's there. Talk to her. Let yourself feel when she's comforting you with a hug. And soak in the moments that you know she's there with you, smiling or laughing.
Kat
May 9, 2020
My thoughts and prayers to Laura's family. To her Mother, especially this Mother's Day, thank you for raising this beautiful young woman and sending her out into the world! I think we are all better for it! God bless you and your family!
J B
May 8, 2020
Dear Mary,
I saw your beautiful tribute to Laura in Huffpost, and felt compelled to write you because you sounded like my mother. I am so sorry about Laura, she sounds marvelous. I am a Speech Path in British Columbia, Canada, and I wanted to add my voice to the chorus of folks offering consolation in the only way we can. These words are a casserole I wish I could leave on your doorstep.
May 8, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss, I wish there was something I could do, I`m 72, I would trade places with her for you so you could have her back, but I can`t.
phil buckle
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May 8, 2020
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Linda Johnston
May 8, 2020
I also read your story in the Huffington Post and was touched. I'm co-founder of an organization made up of other parents who have had a child pass (just like me). You may find some help and healing with us. https://www.helpingparentsheal.org
Mark Ireland
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May 8, 2020
Mary - I just read your story on Huffpost. I am sitting in the middle of my floor, crying with you. Your love for your beautiful daughter shines through your words. Thank you for sharing your pain - Laura will be remembered. You, Brett, your family - though you may be isolated during this heartbreaking time - please know that you do not grieve alone. With much love from North Carolina...
Melissa
May 8, 2020
As a the mother i'm so sorry for your loss and the disappointments this virus has brought many, i hope god walks with you and helps you with your grief..I lost my husband 6/8/19 from stage 4 cancer never new he had it. it took his life in 3 weeks.Give your faith to god that's how i've made it.I know when they walk before god there cancer free and that's the relieve some what here for us..Love you dearly my prayers are for you mom hang in there GOD LOVES YOU, he knows your in pain the same pain he was in for his son jesus.Sincerely Mary L.
Mary Lester
May 7, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I read your post, and I am so sorry for your loss. I can only offer you prayers and let you know that although your life will never be the same you will find happiness again. Your daughters memories will always be with you, and you will be together again. Pray everyday for Gods strength and He will be right there with you. I lost my son 4 years ago and not a moment goes by that I dont of him. ❤
Dee
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May 7, 2020
Que Dios te bendiga, Laura y te tenga en su gloria. Para toda la familia mi más sentido pésame. Besos y abrazos para su mamá.
Kathy Coss
May 7, 2020
Que Dios te bendiga, Laura y te tenga en su gloria. Para toda la familia mi más sentido pésame. Besos y abrazos para su mamá.
Kathy Coss
May 7, 2020
I did not have the privilege of knowing Laura or her family. I read an article that Mary wrote and felt compelled to offer my condolences- my heart hurts for you, Mary, for- though your situation is vastly different- I lost my amazing daughter years ago and I remember feeling that hole in my heart and wondering how to go on. I am so terribly sorry for your loss and my heart bleeds with yours. For me, getting up each day caring for others and living the best life I can is the way I feel I can best honor my Alicia. Trust me, it is incredibly hard to do at first, but slowly it became possible to smile at the memories and love, and though the hole in your heart never heals, it becomes more like a scar- always there, always painful, but more manageable. Wishing you well.
Monica
Friend
May 7, 2020
I didnt know Laura or the family I read the article in HuffPost and felt the need to reach out to the Lauras Mom to let her know Im praying for her and family during this time.
Mathilda VA
May 7, 2020
I didnt know Laura, but her mothers beautiful article made it clear that her passing was a blow to this world. You may be isolated in your grief, but you are not alone. I am grieving with you and praying for you from my home in Madison, WI. Im going to go now and wrap my arms around my 15 year old daughter and tell her how loved she is. Lauras life and your love for her continues to have impact in this big, beautiful, shuttered world. I hope that idea gives you some peace. Blessings to all who knew and mourn Laura
Lora
May 7, 2020
What you wrote broke my heart. Im so sorry for you immeasurable loss. What a special daughter.
Amanda Goodwin
Friend
May 7, 2020
I am so sorry to read about Laura and what happened to her. Although I didnt know Laura, I feel through what her beloved Mother shared about her precious daughter, Laura that I will never forget her. Laura will live on in on in so many hearts by those that cherish her memories of all that was special and true and so good and beautiful in this world. All the people, places, and parts of this world that Laura touched and shared with her friends and family will be cherished for eternity. I am so sorry, she is a beautiful young lady. It just isnt fair. My deepest condolences are sent to her family and friends. Prayers for peace and strength and courage to live as Laura would wish for You all. Honor her life in all You do and that will help carry You through...gentle hugs. Anthonys Mom , Leslie
Leslie Plonka
Friend
May 7, 2020
I just read your story in the HuffPost article. I am heartbroken for you and also amazed by your courage to share your story. Your story and your daughters incredible spirit are helping others experiencing similar things to not feel so alone. Thank you for that. It is clear she was so loved and had so much joy to share with the world. Thank you for giving us a glimpse.
Brett Bergmann
Friend
May 7, 2020
Hi Mary, I read your article in the HuffPost. I have no answer to how you grieve in this pandemic. But I think we carry our loved ones in our heartsno one can rob you of the wonderful memories that you have of your precious daughter. And day by day the grief lessons until someday your tears in remembering your daughter turn to smiles. Art Linkletter of the kids show fame lost 2 adult children. He said that after a long period of grieving he came to the conclusion that he was blessed by the years these amazing people were in his life. I pray that you are able to grieve, but someday smile every time you think of your daughter. Take care, Anita DArcy
Anita DArcy
May 7, 2020
Hi Mary, I read your article in the HuffPost. I have no answer to how you grieve in this pandemic. But I think we carry our loved ones in our heartsno one can rob you of the wonderful memories that you have of your precious daughter. And day by day the grief lessons until someday your tears in remembering your daughter turn to smiles. Art Linkletter of the kids show fame lost 2 adult children. He said that after a long period of grieving he came to the conclusion that he was blessed by the years these amazing people were in his life. I pray that you are able to grieve, but someday smile every time you think of your daughter. Take care, Anita DArcy
Anita DArcy
May 7, 2020
I read the HuffPost article and cant stop crying. I am so sorry. Much love to you, Mary, and your family. Im so sorry for the whole left in your heart after this tragedy. Your story has touched me deeply.
Orlando B
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May 7, 2020
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Susan Little
May 5, 2020
Laura was an amazing teacher and person. She will be missed. She will leave at void at LHS which will be hard to fill. Blessings to her family
Mike Platts
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May 4, 2020
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Anastasia Eikenberry
May 3, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I studied with Laura for 3 years in our doctorate program. She was a kind and compassionate person who was dedicated to teaching children as well as social justice. I really enjoyed working with her in class and I will miss her. -Miguel Salinas
May 3, 2020
Dear Mary, John, Kevin, Tom, and the other family member and friends and colleagues, i hold you in your pain. Laura was a beautiful girl, woman, daughter, scientist, teacher, and partner. Her sweet spirit and love will continue in your hearts. Your memories will fuel your choice to love each other and live present and full each day. I love you and am here for anythung you may need. So very sorry to hear this ending to her story. Big love and big hugs. Margarita
Margarita Lenk
Friend
May 1, 2020
Dear Mary,I just found out about Laura. I am so sorry and sad to hear about your loss. Laura accomplished so much in her lifetime. Sending you and your family love and prayers during this difficult time.Love, Ev
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