Agnes Elizabeth Hart

April 18, 1938 - July 18, 2020
Agnes Elizabeth Hart


July 18, 2020 Agnes Elizabeth (Holterhoff) Hart, 82, died in Burgaw, NC. She was known to friends and family as “Aggie,” to her grandchildren as Memaw but, to her oldest son Tod, she was fondly known as “Memawlichek” much to her chagrin.

Aggie was born to Frank and Peg Holterhoff on April 18, 1938 in Paterson, NJ. She attended Seton Hall University and began her teaching career in the Paterson public school district. She worked as a substitute teacher during her lifetime and was loved by her students. She regaled us all with fantastical stories that left us in awe of her great imagination. Her infectious smile would light up the room. Her kindness, sweet demeanor and generous heart left those she met feeling cared for and cherished. She never met a stranger who didn’t enjoy one of her famous sandwiches.

Aggie loved being in the water and spent her early years at her family summer home in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. After marrying her beloved, Tom Hart, her summers were filled with happiness and laughter playing in the Peconic Bay with her children and grandchildren at “Sandy Beach” and swimming the Atlantic at Wrightsville Beach, NC. Nothing brought Aggie greater joy than being in the presence of her children and grandchildren. She will be in their hearts and memories forever. Life’s light shines a little brighter over the world today because of a beautiful new Angel named, Aggie.

Aggie is preceded in death by her husband , Thomas McDowell Hart Sr. She is survived by her children, Thomas McDowell Hart Jr (Diane), Nancy Elizabeth Hart, Randall McDonnell Hart (Claudia) and Patricia Ann Zinicola (Dan). She leaves behind her adoring grandchildren, Oliver Hart, Stephanie Tomlin, Ali Hart, Nick Tomlin, Anna Fitzgerald, Sophia Fitzgerald and Thomas Randall Hart. She cherished being a great grandmother to Alana Tomlin and Nalu Tomlin. She was loved deeply by her sisters Margaret Mary Calligaro, Patricia Jaffee and brother, Frank Holterhoff.

A celebration of Aggie’s life will be held at a future date at “Sandy Beach”.


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  • July 22, 2020
    Patricia Jaffee says:
    My sister Agnes was like lightning, when she was around things happened. She loved her family fiercely, her children came first and she was so proud of them. When they were first married Agnes got a monkey as a pet. She would dress him up and take him out and of course got lots of attention. When they went out they had to get a sitter for Maynard. One nite it fell to my Dad. He was watching TV and Maynard was in his cage which he got out of and before my Dad could react Maynard took a can of bacon grease that was in the counter and dumped it all over the kitchen. Luckily Agnes and Tom came in to find my dad chasing Maynard and they took over. Needless to say my dad never was asked to monkey sit again. They had to get rid of Maynard when Tod was born because they were afraid that he would hurt Tod. Agnes loved her animals with a passion. I loved my sister with all my heart and will miss the phone calls. I will miss her beautiful face and her sense of humor