Winter News


by Craig Altschul

Clara Rebecca Koffman, 98, known affectionately as “Bubbe,” died at her home in Manchester March 3 after a long illness. Bubbe’s son Mark is publisher of

Bubbe was born in Buenos Aires, the daughter of Adolph and Chippa Mokotoff Singband, who had fled anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe. The family soon moved to New York City. Bubbe’s husband, I. Henry Koffman, died in 1962. Bubbe worked in her husband’s grocery stores, as a buyer for Federated Department Stores, and at Mark’s restaurant, The Ships, in Connecticut. She has lived with her family in Manchester since 2002.

Bubbe is survived by her brother Larry Singband and his extended family, Mark and Sandra Koffman, and grandchildren Adam Koffman, Krissy Fredette, Emet, and Baruch Koffman. Donations in her memory may be made to Mountain Valley Medical Center of Londonderry, Neighbor to Neighbor of Manchester, Manchester Health Services, Israel Congregation of Manchester – the Betty Kamber Education Fund, Congregation Beth El of Bennington, or the charity of your choice.

All of us at send our condolences to the Koffman’s extended family. We agree wholeheartedly with Mark when he says, “anyone who knew Bubbe loved her.”

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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