Homeward

Added on by Erin Hoffstetter.

In November of 2013 a 97 year old woman, Joan Nasby Hoffstetter, passed away in Los Angeles, California. This woman was my grandmother, and as most would say about their grandmothers was not simply just a "grandmother". Born in 1916 to Lebanese and Turkish immigrants, Joan was a single mother of four boys who raised them by working in a factory during the war. Three of her four sons eventually settled west which in her 80s led her to leave her hometown of Utica, NY to live in Los Angeles for the remainder of her life. This story is about Joans final wish which was to be laid to rest in the town she grew up in.