Monday, August 15, 2011


thank you all for so much love & overwhelming  support at this heartbreaking time. There are no words to describe how much I love my father. He has my heart in heaven with him.  I know he is painting  the colors of the skies for all of us to see. I saw it last night! Love you dad so proud to be your first born daughter. Laura


January 21, 1936 to August 9, 2011

Dear Friends and Community,

...A great soul has completed his earthly journey and graduated to the next level.

The great Venosa left his body on Tuesday August 9, 2011 at 6:56 PM.

His transition was graceful and accomplished in the same composed and calm manner that he exuded throughout his life.

I feel honored to have been able to accompany him to the gate, having walked 30 beautiful years together in this life.

Robert had a long and brave healing journey with cancer and showed incredible strength on this path as well as tremendous courage in facing this great dragon.

He believed in the natural healing ability of the human body and proved the doctors wrong time and again, who only gave him a few month’s to live upon his diagnosis over eight years ago.

He was a powerful human being. Together he and I, held the piece of his physical struggle safely tucked away from the eyes of the world like a precious pearl.

It is with great sadness that I’m sharing this news today but also with

deep gratitude, for his magical and special life; fully lived.

Even in death he gave those surrounding him a powerful initiation into the scared mysteries of the unknown.

We will carry him in our hearts forever, remembering the light he shone on so many. He so appreciated the light that others shone upon him.

In loving memory of my great love, compañero, best friend and artistic accomplice.

Martina Hoffmann

And The Children: Steven, Laura, Marcus, Celene, Christan

and family.

one of many inspiring articles written about him


Shabbyfufu said...

I just posted on my blog, so I saw this in my Google reader. My heart is with you Laura....I know what it's like having lost my father many years ago. It does leave a hole in the heart for sure. Your strong faith will get you through this tough time......xoxo, Janet

sandra lee said...

I am saddened to hear about your fathers passing but what an incredible tribute to him through your sweet words. What a wonderful journey you two had and to have all of the memories to keep close in your heart is such a blessing. He touched so many and he will never be forgotten. Prayers to you.

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Sending many thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult journey for you, Laura.

How blessed that you had such an amazing man in your life and that he was your father as well. His gentle ways were certainly passed on to you. I read the article here and on FB, he is living in so many people's hearts and says so much about his beautiful soul!

Lesley V said...

I'm sorry my condolences are finding their way to you so late. What a beautiful tribute to your father and what a legacy to have passed on to you.

Lesley V.

Hold My Hand, a social worker's blog said...

I just came across your blog, by surfing for something else.

Your blog is beautiful. I am so sorry to learn about your dad's passing. I just posted on my blog about my grandpa, who I actually treat as my Dad, since I was raised by my grandparents.

Praying for you and your family.


LizlovesVintage said...

I'm again sorry Friend for your loss.I tried to call you, with no luck. I'm sure one day we will meet and have a lot to talk about. When in Saratoga call me.
xoxo Liz