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December 2, 1940 - September 27, 2022

Burial Date September 30, 2022

Funeral Home Hessling Funeral Home

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Golda Hoffman passed away unexpectedly Monday, September 26th. The former Gladys Papenmeier Waldas was born December 2, 1940 to the late Jack Waldas and Sarah Ginenthal in Liberty, New York. She was preceded in death by her husband the late Fredrick Papenmeier. As well as sisters Elvira and Greta.

Surviving are brother Howard and wife Julie. Her three children Deborah Monaghan and husband Christopher Indianapolis. Wayne Papenmeier and wife Mary Jo Branchville, New Jersey. And Barbara Garrett and her husband Bernard Bieski, Lake Ariel. As well as her 12 grandchildren, Charity, Brittany and husband Aaron, Gatlin and wife Brianna, Jason, Trevor, Veronica, Luke, Michael and wife Jane , Daniel, Ephraim and wife Ashton, Nathanael, and Abigail. As well as her greatest joys in life, her 7 great grandchildren Nevaeh, Harper, Mia, Deacon, Torin, Charlotte and Eden.

Golda was a wonderful grandmother and was responsible for creating a very large loving family. She had a strong connection with her Jewish roots and loved her time living in Israel as a dual citizen. Fortunately she was able to reconnect with long lost family in recent years and was very happy to experience her granddaughter Brittany’s marriage on August 27th of this year. The family feels comforted in knowing she is at home in the motherland. 

Golda loved reading, and watching Netflix. She loved making new friends, especially in Florida and Israel. Her passion for Chinese food was unmatched. Her favorite pastime was exploring yard sales, always returning with some knick knacks she fell in love with. Golda’s time sunbathing on the beach in Tel Aviv covered in mud was one of her most treasured experiences. She is also responsible for leaving her purse on a bus in Jerusalem and causing widespread panic. Through all of this and all of her world travels her favorite place will always be her little cabin in the woods. 

The family will continue to honor her legacy by passing on the knowledge and love of Judaism that she embraced throughout her long life. Until we meet again “YEHI ZICHRA BARUCH!”

Services will be held Friday September 30th 11am at Hessling Murray Funeral Home 428 Main St, Honesdale PA 18431. With Jewish interment to follow immediately. According to Jewish tradition there will be no viewing.

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