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Eleanor G. Hoffman, 99, noted for her folk art skills; Dec. 16, 1911 -- Sept. 18, 2011

Eleanor G. Hoffman, who made hand-loomed rugs and was known for her folk art skills, died Sunday in Griffins Mills in the same house where she was born in 1911. She was 99.

The former Eleanor Bush, the youngest of nine children, started a large family of her own that grew over the years to include 29 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren. All of their names are embroidered on a wall decoration hung in her living room.

As a child, Mrs. Hoffman assisted her blind father by leading him into area forests so he could cut wood to support his family.

Mrs. Hoffman was an active member of Griffins Mills United Presbyterian Church, one of the oldest congregations in Western New York.

For many years, she operated a gasoline and auto repair station with her husband of more than 56 years, Charles L., who died in 1987.

The couple maintained a vacation home on Silver Lake in Perry, which became a family gathering spot.

Mrs. Hoffman was interested in auctions and antiques, and she repaired and refinished vintage furniture to sell on weekends from her home.

She was adept in folk arts such as caning chairs, quilting and braiding rugs. She also used a full-size loom in her home to make rugs.

In her spare time, Mrs. Hoffman bowled and played bingo.

Survivors include four daughters, Marie Keppner, Gerry Baker, Ruth Wolff and Linda Schueler; and four sons, Charles, Robert, Gary and David.

Services will be private.

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