Claire Perry Hofer

October 26, 1915 - September 21, 2020 Kennett Square, PA | Age 104 Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunt and Friend.

Claire Perry Hofer of Kennett Square, PA died peacefully on September 21, 2020 in her 105th year at Kendal/Crosslands Retirement Community. She was the wife of the late W. Eric Hofer, who died in 1982 and with whom she shared 42 years of marriage.

Claire was born in Westerly, RI on Oct. 26, 1915, and was the daughter of the late Arthur L. and Alice (Edge) Perry. She graduated from Westtown School in 1934 and attended the School of Practical Art in Boston. She continued to work and live in Boston where she met her husband Eric, who was employed by the United Fruit Company and was asked to manage banana plantations in Honduras. Upon their marriage in 1940, she joined Eric in the jungle area near Progresso, Honduras where they immersed themselves in the local culture and started their family.

In 1947 they returned to Westerly, RI where Eric began a thirty year career working for Bostitch, Inc. During these years, Claire was very active as a volunteer for the Westerly Hospital, first as a Nurse’s Aid and then creating the Hospital gift shop and becoming its manager. She was also instrumental in the capital campaign for the Hospital’s first “New Wing” built in 1952. She later worked as a buyer and bookkeeper for the Frank Hall Boat Yard gift shop.

From 1962 to 1965 Claire and her family moved to Germany where Eric managed a foreign manufacturing plant for Bostitch. Claire loved every minute of these adventures and was eager to learn everything about the people, their language and their customs. When Eric retired, they returned to Westerly but continued their travels throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. She also resumed her volunteer work at the Westerly Hospital accumulating well over 10,000 hours of service. She especially enjoyed helping patients and waiting family members in the Emergency Room.

Claire was an active member of the Westerly Friends Quaker Meeting from birth, serving in many capacities. In 2000, she moved to Kendal-Crosslands Retirement Community in Kennett Square, PA. where she thrived in this Quaker setting, continuing to volunteer in their nursing care facility, and enjoying visits with many family and friends.

She is survived by her son, Eric L. Hofer and his wife, Rita of Exton, PA, and her two daughters, Patricia Campbell and her husband Leo of Stoddard, NH, and Betsey Rice of Charlestown, RI. She leaves 6 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, five sisters and a son-in-law.

Claire’s ashes will remain with her family until a time when everyone can gather together for a celebration of her life.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Kendal-Crosslands Communities Charitable Giving, PO Box 100, Kennett Square, PA 19348; or to the Westerly Friends Meeting, 57 Elm St. Westerly, RI 02891 or the Westerly Hospital Foundation, 25 Wells Street, Westerly, RI 02891.

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Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA.

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Memorial Donations

Kendal-Crosslands Communities Charitable Giving

PO Box 100
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Westerly Friends Meeting

57 Elm Street
Westerly, RI 02891

Westerly Hospital Foundation

25 Wells Street
Westerly, RI 02891.


Memorial Service

Claire’s ashes will remain with her family until a time when everyone can gather together for a celebration of her life.


  1. One of the kindest and most gracious women I have ever known. I will never forget her distinctive voice and seeing her after her swimming workouts at the Y – hair still wet and dressed to the nines. Claire was one of a kind. My condolences to the family.

    Abby Zimmerman | September 29, 2020 at 11:59 AM
  2. Aunt Claire, I always wished our two families could have grown up together, the families of two close sisters, Claire and Patricia. We got to share Betsey for a few months when I was a teen, and I learned why my mother felt so connected.

    Sarah Edge Westervelt | September 25, 2020 at 9:55 PM
  3. Betsey & rest of your family,
    Sorry to read about your Mom’s passing. A wonderful & gracious woman. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.
    Jeanie & Bob Simmons

    Jeanie simmons | September 25, 2020 at 8:58 PM
  4. My condolences to the family. My eldest daughter (granddaughter of Claire’s sister Patricia) attended Westtown fifteen years ago. It touched my heart when Claire made every effort to go and visit my daughter as a way of familial support. And, I was fortunate enough to come to know “Aunt” Claire, as she spent many hours speaking to me on the telephone so I could learn more of the
    Perry heritage. She loved genealogy & was so gracious in sharing the family history. She inspired me in so many ways & I am so fortunate she came into my life!

    Mimi Westervelt | September 25, 2020 at 5:41 PM
  5. Aunt Claire was my mother Patricia’s favorite sister. May they meet again and fly free together! I wish we had not been so far away. Much love and blessings to you all.

    Janet Westervelt | September 24, 2020 at 10:49 AM
  6. So sorry for your loss. Never met her but she must have been a wonderful Mother to raise such a great son.

    Charlie & Janet Ables | September 24, 2020 at 10:09 AM
  7. Aunt Claire – you will live FOREVER in our hearts and in heaven. Can’t help but smile when we think of you. Blessings and peace to those you loved.

    Joanne Fannon | September 23, 2020 at 9:52 PM

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