Ida Rainman Hoff
April 25, 2005
Ida Rainman Hoff passed away in her 98th year on April 13, 2005, after a short illness. Eda, as she was known to her friends, was born in Krilowitz, Russia, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1913. Mrs. Hoff lived in New York City and the Bronx until 1942. She started work after eight grade in New York’s garment district as a pieceworker. By 1929, her skill had been recognized and she was hired as a milliner by Saks Fifth Avenue. Throughout much of the Depression, she worked steadily making hats for well-to-do families such as the Huttons. Eda was a world traveler, visiting Russia, France, Italy, Germany and Mexico in 1934 on her own. In 1942, she moved to Detroit to work in the war plants as a quality control checker of ammunition. In 1945, she moved to Los Angeles and returned to work as a milliner, making hats in Beverly Hills. There she met and married Harold Hoff, a carpenter.
In 1957, Mrs. Hoff moved to South Lake Tahoe, Calif., where she resided until her move to Maryland in 2000. While in Tahoe, Mrs. Hoff worked as a seamstress and wardrobe clerk at Harrah’s Hotel Casino and helped costume many of the stars who appeared in the showroom, including Carol Burnett and Sammy Davis, Jr. Mrs. Hoff retired in 1970 and took up a career as a painter of landscapes. She was a founding member of the Tahoe Art League and sold many of her miniature paintings of Lake Tahoe in their galleries. The Hoff’s continued to travel widely during their retirement and during the 1968 World’s Fair in Japan, they literally traveled around the world visiting Japan, taking the Siberian railway across Russia and touring Europe before returning to the US.
After the death of her husband after 52 years of marriage, Mrs. Hoff moved to Harmony Hall Retirement Community in Columbia, Md., and continued to enjoy painting, as well as going to museums and concerts. In the last five years, she painted 22 miniatures, giving many of them away as gifts. When she passed, after a short bout with pneumonia, she still had one painting on her easel, unfinished.
She leaves a son Raymond and daughter-in-law Bonnie Hoff, of Columbia, Md., ; and two nephews, Arnold Reider of Charlotte, N.C., and Liber Zaks of Audubon, Pa.
As per Mrs. Hoff’s wishes, a private memorial will be held by the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tahoe Art League, P.O. Box 695, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96156.