Obituaries, Week of June 4, 2022

Sister Ellen Stephen Boykin, S.C., a Sister of Charity-Halifax for 76 years, died on May 21 at the age of 96. She was predeceased by her younger brother, Stephen. She is survived by sisters in the community.

Sister Ellen Stephen Boykin, S.C.
Sister Ellen Stephen Boykin, S.C.

Sister Ellen Stephen was missioned to Saint Sebastian School, Woodside from 1947-52, Saint Nicholas of Tolentine School, Jamaica from 1952-60, and was missioned to St. Francis Preparatory High School and Convent at three different times — 1974 to 1976; 1978 to 1985; and 1990 to 2006. Sister Ellen Stephen taught and tutored Math at Dominican Commercial High School, Jamaica; Seton Hall High School, Patchogue, New York; St. Mary’s High School, Manhasset, New York; Archbishop Molloy High School, Briarwood, and Saint John’s University, Jamaica. Sister Ellen Stephen was also missioned to Massachusetts and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Sister Ellen Stephen Boykin retired and lived at Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley, Massachusetts from 2006 until her death. A funeral Mass was held on May 25 at Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Wellesley, Massachusetts. Interment was at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Needham, MA.

Sister M. Anine Hopkins, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Saturday, May 21 at age 89 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

Sister M. Anine Hopkins, IHM
Sister M. Anine Hopkins, IHM

She was born on December 7, 1932, in Scranton, PA, and given the name Ann Marie. She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Anna Ferguson Hopkins. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 7, 1950, made her temporary profession of vows on August 2, 1953, and her final profession of vows on August 3, 1956.

Sister Anine received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Marywood College.

She served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Rita Elementary School in Dundalk, Maryland, from 1953 to 1960; Our Lady of Peace Elementary School in Clarks Green, Pennsylvania, from 1960 to 1961; Holy Trinity Elementary School in Poughkeepsie, New York, from 1961 to 1966; St. Dominic Elementary School in Oyster Bay, New York, from 1966 to 1970; St. Ephrem Elementary School in New York, from 1970 to 1975; St. Ann Elementary School in Devon, Connecticut, from 1975 to 1977; St. Matthew Elementary School in Wilmington, Delaware, from 1977 to 1978; Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, from 1978 to 1980; St. Raymond Elementary School in East Rockaway, New York, from 1980 to 1986; St. Patrick Elementary School in Scranton, Pennsylvania, from 1986 to 1990; and Holy Rosary Elementary School in Scranton, Pennsylvania, from 1990 to 1993.

Sister also served on the support staff at the Marian Convent and at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, PA, from 1993 to 2010. From 2010 until the time of her death, Sister Anine was a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence. She is preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Joseph. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Maureen Hopkins of Easton, Pennsylvania; nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by the members of the IHM Congregation.

Interment will be at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, Pennsylvania. Due to restrictions related to the coronavirus, the funeral Mass and graveside service are private.

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