Rachel Morningstar Hoffman
HOFFMAN, Rachel Morningstar, 23, passed away May 7, 2008. This beautiful girl, born December 17, 1984, leaves behind her mother, Margie Weiss; father, Irv Hoffman; stepfather, Mike Weiss; grandmothers, Rosylen and Roslyn; aunts, Barbara, Jeannie and Ava; uncles, Jack and Jerry; first cousins, Bryan, Lana, Harry, Becky, Marril and family, Dan and family, Jason and family, the Weiss family; several other family members; her cat, Bently; and friends from around the world who loved her dearly. Rachel was a college graduate from Florida State University, graduated with a bachelor' s degree in psychology, and was looking forward to pursuing culinary school. She smiled often, laughed heartily, loved people, celebrated celebrated life and had a generous heart and always had a place in her heart and at her table for friends, loved ones and those in need. She enjoyed cooking, music, spending time with friends, loved her family, nature and animals. The family would like to thank their friends, community and Rabbi Klein for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time. She lived her life in the words of the Beatles, "all you need is love," and will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at the Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, FL 33683. She will be buried at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, adjacent to the Temple following the service. All are welcome to join the family at the Temple after the cemetery service. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be sent in Rachel' s name to www.freethe children.com and Hospice of Florida, Inc. Curlew Hills Funeral Home (727) 789-2000, www.curlewhills.com
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We often think of Rachel and we remember her “loveliness” and her expressive, bright eyes and sweet smile. We remember Rachel’s laugh and how she would gently tease her Dad....and the loving bond she had with both her Dad and her Mom.

Rachel was sensitive and kind. She brought delight to everyone she met; what a gift it was to know her!

Sending our love to Irving and to Margie,

Jackie and Ken
Jacqueline and Ken
May 8, 2021
It’s not about getting over it, it's about learning to live with it ! Miss you more,Dad

Irv Hoffman
May 7, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful young lady.
Laura and Ali Baker
May 6, 2021
Its a group or club of people I can never leave, but is filled with some of the most shining souls Ive ever known.Rachel will always be missed ,she was full of love, kindness and mischief, love you more dad.
Irv Hoffman
May 6, 2020
Rachel ,out of sight but never out of mind, missing you always, love you more,Dad
Irv Hoffman
May 7, 2019
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Sara Basham
May 6, 2019
Dearest Rachel, My little morningstar,
Saw a redheaded woodpecker yesterday in front of our place and immediately felt your presence and love. Saying a Hawaiian prayer for us daily:
Breathe in and out silently repeating each sentence until it feels ingrained:
I'm sorry
I forgive you
I love you
Thank You
Love always and all ways, Momma Margie
March 5, 2016
Dearest Rachel,
Your Dad and Lance did a great job on the Meredith Viera show this week supporting and revealing the need for CI reform to save kids like you and Adam Sadek. Miss you more than ever.
Know that you can see everything going on these days. Stay close and feel the love. Never letting go of you, our love, and your spirit. Mom, Dad, Noah, Jimi, Broccoli, Uncle David, Aunt Gloria, and Margot from Vienna as well as Jim Adamson all joined you this year except for your 2 grandpas who were in heaven to greet your return. I love you forever. Margie
March 4, 2016
I'm so sorry for your loss of your beautiful daughter. I just saw the Meredith Vieria show...thank you for sharing your story...we lost our daughter July 14,2014..she was murdered by a career drug dealer....we can't get any answers from law enforcement...our hearts are forever broken...Sentencing date will be March 17,2016. I will pray for you and your family
Sara and Bruce Basham
March 3, 2016
Dear Rachel,missed you so much yesterday,we will see each other again,love you more,Dad
Irv Hoffman
March 2, 2015
We were with you birthday night, four of your long lasting friends joined us. Of course, we had to indulge in a Rachel sandwich at Lucky Dills! Always in my heart and thoughts, this year has been the toughest one yet. I want you to come home already!
Love always
December 20, 2013
Happy Birthday Monkey Girl,love You More,Dad
Irv Hoffman
December 17, 2013
Happy holidays my beautiful daughter,love you more,Dad
Irv Hoffman
December 15, 2013
Thanks for the rainbow driving to Grandma's. You are with me 24/7 with so much love. Met Shiva at the festival, 1800 friends were there, shouting your name in unison. So much love and great music, starting to fund raise for statewide and national reform of the Rachel Law. Your request is giving us all a purpose to continue living holding you close in our hearts and saving others.
Love always and all ways, Momma
June 18, 2013
Dearest Rachel,missing you everyday,you will always be my world,miss you more,love you more,Dad
June 17, 2013
You will never be forgotten sweet child !!!
Aaron ben zev
April 26, 2013
Thinking of you always,love you more,Dad
April 25, 2013
Missing Rachel's gentle smile and sweet presence in the world - everyday.
jacqueline grossmann
December 19, 2012
Rachel, It has been your fifth birthday since seeing your smile, feeling your arms around me, or rolling me eyes at one of your hairball schemes, but where has the time gone? Please help me prevent this from ever happening to another. Let's get the public awareness to understand the magnitude of this problem. LOVE AND MISS YOU SOOOOO VERY MUCH!!!!!
December 18, 2012
Grief can be so hard during the holidays, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one this holiday season.
Marjorie Weiss
December 17, 2012
I know your thinking about me today and everyday as I think about you,love you more,Dad
June 17, 2012
Missing you so much each and everyday ,love you more ,Dad
Irv Hoffman
May 2, 2012
My Dearest Daughter, Happy New Year Sweet Girl,Love U More,Dad
December 31, 2011
Happy Birthday Monkey Girl, Love You More,Dad
December 18, 2011
Thinking of you everyday,love you more,Dad
October 23, 2011
I continue to think of you everyday and there is a place in my heart that will never completely heal. I still cannot really believe that you are gone. I keep your Dad and your Mom in my prayers - praying that they will continue to have the strength to somehow go on without you. Jackie
September 28, 2011
Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped away
into the next room.

I am I,
and you are you;
whatever we were to each other,
that, we still are.Love you more each day,Dad
Irv Hoffman
September 27, 2011
My Dearest Daughter,the forth of July was just not the same,I miss you everyday ,you r so loved,Always in my Heart,Dad
Irv Hoffman
July 6, 2011
My Dearest Daughter,this Memorial Day weekend,thinking about you so much,three years have painfully passed,I loved being your father,I will always be your father,what a privilege that will always be,love you girl,Dad
Irv Hoffman
May 30, 2011
My Dearest Daughter,missing you everyday ! Love you more,Dad
April 7, 2011
Did I hear Happy Birthday Dad when I woke up today?Rachel I missed you so much today and everyday,always in my heart,love you more,Dad
Irv Hoffman
March 1, 2011
My Dearest Daughter,out of sight but never out of mind,Happy Valentines Day,All my Love,Dad
February 13, 2011
My Dearest Daughter,I cannot believe two years have passed,it still feels so empty without you,you were my life,the rabbi met me at the cemetery and we said some prayers with some friends,I know you miss me too.Life is so different without you,you will be missed forever,you r a light of sunshine somewhere,we will see each other again,that im sure of,all my love,miss you more,Dad
May 18, 2010
Rachel, I send up thoughts to you...asking that you watch out for Gabriel as he leaves for Afghanistan.I often think about the lovely days we shared with you and your Dad in Florida when we came to visit years ago...and how much fun we had with you when you were little and we visited Disneyland together. Fond memories....you brought much joy into our lives.
April 17, 2010
My Dearest Daughter,you r so missed,I received a package today with r tennis rackets that you had in the trunk of the car,I remember all the summers we used to play when u were home from school,yes you were better then me,,also,I hope you like the new wind-chimes I put up,the sound is awesome,you can hear them from any place in the cemetery.If i could choose again I would still choose you,love you more,Dad
April 16, 2010
Dearest Daughter,today was a beautiful day to put up the new wind chimes at your tree,I saved them for the right time,and today was the day,I hope your at peace and enjoy the sound of the chimes,they make such a beautiful sound,I continue to visit and pray for you daily,I know you miss me as well,love you more,dad
April 4, 2010
Irv and Margie, Our hearts go out to you both. You are in our thoughts and in our prayers everyday. We think of Rachel and miss her kindness and gentle presence. She is so missed.....
Love, Jackie and Ken
jacqueline grossmann
January 7, 2010
Your presence is felt daily through the love of family and friends, especially your goosebumps, as well as our memorial garden, hanukah angel bush, and the sadness that I struggle to lock in, healthy or not. I will and do love you forever with all my heart. Thank heaven you are always connected with me and our purpose. For the rest of my life, we will focus on making this world safer to prevent your demise from reoccurring.
ILYDM! (I love you da mostest).
Your Momma.
The bush was caught in the whirlwind from the storm upon our return from Tally. We both seem to go through it together, symbolically.
Then for the first time ever since your transition to spirit, the "love you" photo fell off the wall upon my return. It was a message of gratitude and love coming from heaven.
Then, upon my return from the weeekned at my mother's, the same framed picture fell and the glass broke as if to tell me to let your Dad know also that you love him as well, especially with the more emphatic response.
Keep your messages coming, I love them.
They fuel me with hope and connectedness and love.
January 3, 2010
Happy New Year,My Dearest Daughter,this year has gone by so fast,I still visit with you daily and my heart is broken that your not here with us.Grandma is here for the winter,it is good for me to have some company.you will always be the most important person in my life,no-one did more for my heart then you,I miss you more with each passing day,wishing you a very happy New Year in Heaven,,all my love ,love you more,Dad
December 31, 2009
Happy Birthday My Dearest Daughter,you r missed today so much,and everyday ,many friends came by to say hello to you on your birthday,I sat with you and filled you in on the latest,granny is here for the winter,she also visited you as well,Rachel it is so hard to go on without you,I keep you in my heart,wherever I go I take you with me,and will always,Love You More,Dad
December 17, 2009
My Dearest Daughter,the holidays are here,do you remember all the trips to Chicago for Thanksgiving,we would have such a good time,you loved hanging with your favorite cousins,Lana and Bryan,we would hook up when you guys got up at 2pm,the snow,shopping trips,family dinners,that was such a magical time,you are the biggest part of me,all my love,always,love you more,Dad
November 24, 2009
My Dearest Daughter,I wish we could go back in time,I want to go back to that wonderful time,everyone was here you,grandpa,I guess we all just get a one way ticket,miss you so much every day,love you more,Dad
November 14, 2009
Dear Rachel,
You are constantly in my thoughts. Everyday so many things make me think about you. Today is Halloween and soon it will be Thanksgiving. I remember all of the Thanksgivings we spent together and how we laughed when grandpa said the turkey was first rate. You always brought laughter and warmth to everything like no one else could. I love you. You are always with me.
October 31, 2009
My Dearest Daughter,Happy Halloween,wishing you a very scary night up in heaven. kids will be coming to the door soon,I bought lots of treats,you would be proud of me.The days just go by so fast and I miss you so much,I guess halloween means that the holidays will be here soon,not good for me,thinking of you constantly,love you more,Dad
October 31, 2009
Dear Rachel, we will always love you, embrace you, and feel good when we think of you. We miss you very much.
Uncle Jack and Aunt Eva
October 31, 2009
I enjoy your frequent visits and the goosebumps we feel in your spiritual presence. Heard you yelling over those bat mitzvahs notes today and it felt great feeling you near. I love ya da mostest always!!!
It was enjoyable watching a video of you at your 8 year old birthday party at the stable with all our long time friends. You are and were so precious and cute. This little boy was hitting you in the bottom with a stick and you gently brushed him away.
October 29, 2009
As time passes by, the memories of you Rachel never fade.
You are timeless and free! Thank you for lessons we learned from you during your short but meaningful life. You will forever live in our hearts.
October 28, 2009
Dear Irv & Rachel,
You are both in my heart and prayers each day. I pray thanks to God for inspiring you, Irv, to continue your acts of service that bless those around you and that your heart may be filled with love and peace. For you Rachel, I pray that God holds you close and helps your spirit to progress (and what a beautiful spirit it is). Much love, Susie
October 26, 2009
Irv, Everyday we think of Rachel and we still feel shocked by her loss...it is difficult for us to accept that she is not laughing and vibrant somewhere in the world. Rachel taught us so much about loving. She was open and so affectionate;such a gentle person.We miss her very much.Love, Jackie and Ken
Jackie Grossmann
October 23, 2009
Rachel, a day does not pass without me thinking of you and your dad. I pray that God is keeping you close to him, and that you are both watching over your dad.

October 23, 2009
Hey Rachel. I was just thinking about you and talking to your Dad last night about how wonderful of a cousin and person you were. I miss you and wish that we could still talk and enjoy life together. It' no secret who my favorite cousin was. You were like a sister to me. Love you.
October 22, 2009
My Dearest Daughter,the cool weather has arrived,I know you have some socks on.The temple will start a scholarship in your name starting next year,it will be given to college kids who need financial assistance.I will be going to Israel next summer ,a tour with the temple,I will put a note in the wall asking God to always take care of you and keep you near his side. I miss you so much,the tears still flow,no-one loved me more then you,however,love you more Dad
October 21, 2009
MY Dearest Daughter,the hot weather continues,I want to wish you a happy jewish new year,I want you to know your always in my thoughts and prayers,your story will always be told, ever and forever in my heart,love you more,Dad
September 26, 2009
My Dearest Daughter,where do I go from here,what is Gods plan,I know you are somewhere nearby,,but life will never be the same,thinking of you everyday,love you more,Dad
September 12, 2009
My Dearest Daughter,the summer goes by slowly,you are so missed,life will never be the same,not a day goes by that I do not think of you,I guess it will always be that way,you are the brightest star in the sky,I just have to think back to all the wonderful memories,however life seems so lonely without you,one day we will be with each other again,out of sight but never out of mind,love you more,Dad
August 8, 2009
Dear Irv,
Dear Margie,

We lit a candle this evening and thought of Rachel and all the loveliness she brought to the world.

We thought about how courageous and tenacious you and Margie have been this past year. Rachel's Law began today and many lives will be saved because of your efforts.

Our prayers are with you Irv, with Margie, with Rachel and with everyone in your families today and always.

Jackie, Ken and Alicia
jackie grossmann
July 1, 2009
Dear Irv,
We miss Rachel everyday - her gentle, beautiful presence. We send you loving thoughts.
Ken and Jackie
jackie grossmann
June 22, 2009
My Dearest Daughter,fathers day will never be the same,I sat with you today until the summer heat put me to sleep,I feel so lost without you,you were my life,I think of you and pray for you daily, I am hoping your doing the same for me,out of sight but never out of mind ,as Ram Dass has said ,your work on earth was finished,we will see each other again,,love you more and more with each day,Dad
June 21, 2009
Rach- love you and miss you. just want to see your pretty face and smile one last time. i know youre always smiling down on me. keep on dancin sweet thang
May 17, 2009
Dear Rachel,
I see your smile in my mind and wish you were here, because I want to hear your laughter. Being around you was always great, because you were incredibly loving. I wish I could get a hug from you right now, because you gave the best hugs. I can still hear you calling me Lan, it sounded so good when you said it. We had fun together Rachel and I think of those times and I know you are in a better place. Someone as sweet as you would have to be. I miss you everyday and realize how lucky I am, because you were in my life.
Love Always, Lana
May 13, 2009
Dear Rachel,
I spoke to your dad the other day and for the first time in a long time he celebrated and sounded happy. He was so pleased that his efforts, and the efforts of so many who care about you, to help save other young, beautiful lives brought some promising results. You would have been so proud of him. His love for you can move mountains and has helped him to make it through this difficult year. We are so proud of him and keep him in our thoughts and prayers every day. You have a wonderful family. Your grandma, Roz, and your aunt and uncle, Jack and Ava, took such good care of us when we visited Chicago in Feb. Your light lives on in all of us and we will remember you always.
Much love, Susie
Susan Mike
May 13, 2009
Dear Rachel,

I think about you all the time and miss you very much. I can't believe it's been a year since I heard your voice and laugh and see you smile. I cherish the time we spent together. You were a great listener, friend, and cousin. You'll always be in my heart. I love you very much.
Bryan Hoffman
May 11, 2009

I can't believe it has been a year already. I think of you and Rachel often and pray for you both. I know you have spent this year working on Rachel's Law, and I am glad it was passed. If it can save one daughter or son it has done it's job. My heart and prayer are with you today and always.
Patti Jeris
May 7, 2009
My Dearest Daughter,I woke up crying today,the loss is so painful,so many people love you and miss you,I look forward to seeing and being with you again one day,I know your keeping a eye on me,do not worry,have fun in heaven,love you more ,Dad
May 7, 2009
My Dearest Daughter,one year has gone by tomorrow,the sadness continues,however,Rachel's Law will be signed by the governor tomorrow,I walked on campus today,it was so quiet and beautiful,the students are gone,I understand why you enjoyed campus so mush,its beautiful,the large trees with the hanging spanish moss,so nice,so old florida,im not sure how I survived the year,I think of you daily and visit with you daily helps,if I could choose again I would still choose you,,love you more,,Dad
May 6, 2009
Dear Irv and Margie,
A day does not go by...without our thinking of Rachel and of you both.
Jackie and Ken
jacqueline grossmann
February 24, 2009
Rachel................you will always be with us,
forever and a day.................and when dark, lonely feelings visit us ......we will think of you
and feel comforted,....and see .....and hear
and feel you near. The kindness and love you gave my family will always be cherished. Your spirit will always live on.
jack hoffman
February 15, 2009
My Dearest Daughter,I cried as soon s I woke up this morning,the tears still come,I found this poem that describes my thoughts,it by a man names Holland and it was written over 100 years ago,,
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
that we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without affect,
without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolutely unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you,
for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just around the corner.

All is well,,,Happy Valentines Day,,, Love you More,,,Dad
Irv Hoffman
February 14, 2009
Dear Irv and Margie,
The day of remembering dearest Rachel sounded so beautiful - the doves - the prayers and music - a tribute to a beautiful, gentle and loving young woman - dear Rachel! We miss her spirit, her laugh and loving smile...we keep her and you both in our thoughts and prayers.
Jackie and Ken
jackie grossmann
December 18, 2008
My Dearest Daughter,today we celebrated your 24th birthday,I know you enjoyed it,the Rabbi and Cantor prayed and sang songs,I even had a guitarist it was beautiful,your mom, tommy boy and myself all said prayers as well,then we released 24 white doves,I released the first dove and told him to find Rachel,hopefully he is with you now,the prayer I said was about ,In the rising of the sun,In the blowing of the wind we rememmember them,In the opening of buds,In the blueness in the sky we remember them,In the beginning of the year and when it ends we remember them,When we are weary and in need of strength we remember them,When we are lost and sick at heart ,we remember them,So long as I live they too shall live,always in my heart,Happy Birthday My Dearest Daughter,Love You More,Dad
Irv Hoffman
December 17, 2008
Hi Irv:
I know this day and this month will be very difficult for you but we are praying that God gives you the strength to do it. Rachel is looking out for you and would like to see you happy. God bless you always.
Awilda Duffy
December 17, 2008
Dear Irv, Margie, Mike, and Grandmothers,
May God give you all the strength and courage that you need to carry on through this difficult month, and on tomorrow, the most difficult day of all. Rachel would not want ANY of you to stay so sad or to mourn forever. You are all, always, in my prayers.
Suzanne Shahan
December 16, 2008
I think of you and Rachel everyday. I don't know how you have been able to cope all these days. You have always been a very strong man and have helped others in difficult times. I hope God gives you the strength to continue, and comfort to accept things we do not understand, and never will. This holiday season will be very hard for you and I will continue to pray everyday. Carolyn is getting married and she has asked me to tell you. We wish you could come to the wedding. We love you both very much.
Awilda Duffy
November 24, 2008
Irv, we think of you and of Rachel everyday. Rachel is in our hearts. We remember her beauty of spirit and her love of life, her gentleness and how much she loved you.
We send our love and pray for you both.
Jackie and Ken
jackie grossmann
November 24, 2008
My Dearest Daughter.I will be leaving tomorrow for Colorado,friends will be visiting you,,upon my return we will be celebrating your 24th birthday,I wish so much you were coming along,I miss our time together,,the sadness continues ,I know and pray that you see God and grandpa daily ,I take you with me wherever I go,love you more ,Dad
Irv Hoffman
November 22, 2008
There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you or one of the many memories we shared together. Your dad shared a picture with me from back to our first Christmas break home from FSU... I still remember each time we would get in your Jetta to drive home together & you wouldn't get on the road until we had Bone Thuggs playing. :) Little thoughts like that help me to smile & think back to your bright, cheerful personality. I love you & truly believe that I feel you with me at times. Your a beautiful angel to many & I know you are watching over all of us. R.I.P. my dear friend
Jen Grove
November 11, 2008
Ken and I send you loving thoughts and we pray for you and Margie. We hope that you will find a way to live through this terrible time.
Jackie and Ken
jacqueline grossmann
November 4, 2008
My dearest daughter,im not sure how I go through the rest of life without you,you have always been such a big part of my life ,now there is a big hole,I pray for you and visit with you daily and always will,love you more,Dad
Irv Hoffman
November 3, 2008

Some of my most memorable times at Florida State, and my most memorable times in life were spent with you. You were my sister, and you even used to introduce me as your brother from another mother to friends of yours I did not yet know personally. The countless hours shooting pool (you were a hell of a shark!), the late nights in Uclub with Alyssa, Kat, and Eric, the meals you'd always cook for me which ended up being shared with 6 other people everytime, cramming for all of our psychology exams the morning of the test, and even just the one-on-one time we used to have together. There are so many things that remind me of you and all of the great things you did for your friends. Soon enough you will be permanently embossed on my shoulder, signified in ink by a pool ball, a rising sun, and a morning star. I love you sis, and I know that you'll always be keeping watch over me and everyone whose life you had an impact on. I miss you.

Irv, Margie, and Mike,

I wish you only the best in these hard times. Everyone has suffered a great loss from this tragic event. Just remember that Rachel Morningstar Hoffman was one of the most beautiful people who ever lived, and she loved all of you so much. You should be proud to have raised such an eloquent young woman who stood up for what she believed in, no matter what the cost. You guys can write me anytime on Facebook or e-mail, I am always here for you. Take care, and much love.
Vince Breuning
October 7, 2008
Ken and I think about you everyday. We cannot even imagine your unrelenting pain - missing the light of your life. We think of Rachel her sweetness, her kindness, her central presence in your life. Please know that you are surrounded by loving thoughts.
Jackie and Ken
jacqueline grossmann
October 7, 2008
I spend hours thinking of you each day. I can feel you listening when I talk to you and I know that you are watching over me. I still cant believe how lucky I am to have had you in my life. You are the most beautiful person, inside and out, that I have ever met. You had the kindest heart I’ve ever seen and were the most generous and loving person I’ve ever encountered. The memories I have with you will make me smile for eternity. You are truly my angel. I will love you always.

When I think of Rachel I always think of you. She loved you so much and talked about you every single day. You were a great inspiration for many wonderful things in her life. I hope that you have found some peace and are doing well. My thoughts and prayers are always with you. I look forward to coming to visit when my job allows me some time off. Keep in touch and give Bentley some love for me ?
Alyssa Chrencik
October 7, 2008
My Dearest Daughter,the pain is still so great,I cannot picture my life without you,I pray for you daily,you have always been the light in my life and always will be,,love you more,Dad
Irv Hoffman
October 6, 2008
Though I did not personally know Rachel I have heard so many beautiful things about her and I want to convey my deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
Joanne Olivieri
August 27, 2008
Dear Irv and Margie,

I am so deeply sorry for your tragic loss, so much so that it is difficult to find the right words to convey my feelings to you both. I had the pleasure of having Rachel as a guest at our home several times. She was such a caring, radiant and beautiful young woman! Her loss has affected our entire family so deeply. My son Vince was very close with her, and called her his Tallahassee sister. She lovingly referred to him as the brother she never had. Please know that you are both in my thoughts and prayers. We grieve with you... God bless you!

With deepest sympathy and love,
Colleen Breuning
August 24, 2008
My Dearest Daughter,I miss you so much,my life will never be the same,I think of you daily,each day is difficult without you ,I leave for chicago tomorrow,I wish you would be coming along,I take you in my heart,wherever I go,,,love u more,,,Dad
Irv Hoffman
August 20, 2008
Dear Margie - I was absolutely stunned when I saw your tragic story on tv the other night - there are no words to express what you have gone through and are still going through...my heart goes out to you all.

It's been 2 years since I moved from Fla. to Asheville, NC., and more years that I have seen you but you were my friend and we shared some quality time together. My prayers are with you. Take care.
Lynn Malter (Frank)
July 27, 2008
It won't always hurt this much....
We do love you and care about you more than you'll ever know.
Dean and Mary Anne
Dean and Mary Anne Fauber
July 5, 2008
Dear Irv, Not a day has passed that I haven't thought about the impact Rachel has had on Heidi and my lives. She befriended Heidi at church a bit before her 4th birthday and invited us out to lunch with Marge. Not only did we go to her pirst dance recital, first piano recital etc, but Rachel and Marge attended all of Heidi's. Marge and I became friends for life, only distanced by taking my job overseas. I heart goes out to you, Marge and Mike for all that you have had to handle.
Marcia Toland
July 3, 2008
Rachel was an amazing young lady. I am so grateful to have been able to spend so much time with her over the last few months of her life. From the day I met her I thought she was an extremely generous, thoughtful, beautiful, and all around awesome girl. She lit up every room she walked in to. Everyone loved Rachel and it was so awesome the way she would bring people together. Rachel and I grew very fond of each other and she showed me to have fun again after we had both just gotten out of Long relationships. Rachel taught me to look at the positive things in life. Everyone I introduced Rachel to quickly became her friend. She was just that kind of person, one who everyone could have fun with. Rachel didn’t deserve her fate, but we all remember that beautiful, happy girl dancing around the room. Thank you Rachel for being so awesome and nice to everyone! You truly are an angel. Keep us strong and one day we will all have the privilege of seeing you smile again Rachel.

R.I.P Babe
June 26, 2008
Rachel not a day goes by where I don't think of you, I miss you so much. Each time I go through photos of my travels, college or concerts I think about you. You brought immense joy to my life and I loved spending time with you and hearing you talk about anything. I will never forget meeting that beautiful red headed girl with freckles at the airport who turned into one of my best friends and changed my life. You could go anywhere and make friends so easily and I truly admired how outgoing you were. Since you were taken I feel heart broken and sad, I truly love you and I will forever. -Jared

Dedicated to Rachel Morningstar Hoffman
Jared Kahn
June 26, 2008
There is not a day that has gone by that I have not thought of Rachel. It makes me so sad, & upset, when I think back to all of the wonderful times we spent together. Rachel was a true friend who made her friends & loved ones priority over anything else. She was such a bright, talented young girl, & I often looked up to her for being such a strong, outgoing individual. Although she is no longer here next to us, she will forever remain in our hearts & I look forward to seeing her again one day.

I love you Rachel Morningstar and thank you for always being such an amazing friend!!
Jennifer Grove
June 21, 2008
Irv, I set aside some time everyday to think of you, Rachel and Margie. I use that time to remember Rachel, and pray for you and Margie. Rachel was a beautiful young woman. From all the pictures, you can see she loved life, and life loved her. I wish I knew the words to help you through this. Your road ahead is rough, but we are there if you stumble. Rachel was a beautiful daughter, Irv, you were a great father. Rachel has found her peace, Irv, I hope you can find yours.
June 20, 2008
Dear Irv, My heart goes out to you, to Margie, to Rachel's every relative and Rachel's every friend. We had the joy of her hugs and beautiful beaming smile. She still makes me chuckle to remember her wonderful wonderful spunkiness. Her personal warmth was so meaningful, I have new inspiration to live by her example. I send you prayers for comfort and peace...I see your pain and how much you miss her. Tears come out of the blue, but I hold to her memory and have said more than a few times, This dance is for you, Rach. Love to all, Helen
June 19, 2008
Rachel the planet's just not the same without you....sometimes it's only then that we see all the lives touched by one soul. You've had an incredible ripple effect...tsunami on the hearts and lives of so many. Your love of life has left a permanent mark on my own heart....one day we'll all be able to see your next path on your souls journey...and understand. For now we'll do like you did and care deeply for the ones we can touch and hug...we'll all make sure your mom and dad are hugged often and much. Miss you sweetie!
Janet Black
June 19, 2008
My Dearest Daughter,wherever I went today I could not stop thinking about you,I heard a song ,I loved you more,then anyone,then anyone,then anyone could love anyone,with all my love,everyday,Dad
Irv Hoffman
June 19, 2008
My Dearest Daughter,I missed you so much today,the first fathers day without you,the tears flowed,so many wonderful memories ,you will always be in my heart and soul,you are my heart and soul,I love you forever,Dad
Irv Hoffman
June 15, 2008
Dear Hoffman Family,

I am a friend and colleague of Jack's in Vernon Hills. I want to extend my deepest sympathy to your entire family upon the loss of your beautiful daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend. I did have the pleasure of meeting Rachel when she was in Chicago at the time of your father's passing. Nothing anyone says or does can bring Rachel back, but God somehow gives us the strength and will to carry on. Remember all the good times and laughs and the love you all had for each other. At times like this it seems families find a way to reunite and carry on the love we have all been brought up to share with one another.
Ellen Anderson
May 27, 2008
All I see when I close my eyes is Rachel: running around at 4 years old in my Rainbow Brite costume, rambunctious, vivacious and precocious. I wish I could keep her like that and hold her in my arms again. All my thoughts are with you Marge ... I can only hope her irresistible sunshine will live through you.
heidi grass
May 23, 2008
my deepest sympathy...nothing I say will make you feel any better but just know that Rachel's star will shine on...those that knew her loved her dearly and those of us that didn't, know what a great person she was because of her friends...be strong, God is watching her now...Rest in Peace Rachel
Jose Rodriguez
May 23, 2008
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Don & Karol West
May 23, 2008
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