Sr. Joan Kopf, RGS

Born: Fri., Mar. 9, 1934
Died: Sat., Aug. 23, 2008

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MARLBOROUGH Sister Joan Kopf, RGS (Anne Regina), died at Good Shepherd Center on Aug. 23, 2008, after a long illness. She was 74 years of age and had been a Sister of the Good Shepherd for 51 years. Sister Joan was born in Orange, N.J., the daughter of Joseph L. and Anna R. (Ellis) Kopf. She was educated in the Fielding School, Maplewood, N.J., Marylawn High School in South Orange, Berkeley School of Business, E. Orange, and received her B.S. in business administration from the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J. She received her M.A. in theology from St. Johns University in Jamaica, N.Y. Sister Joan entered the Good Shepherd Novitiate in Peekskill, N.Y., in 1956 to prepare for her long career caring for the poor and marginalized of society, with special focus on educating teenage girls and women. Her business skills were invaluable, and she was also certified to teach business courses to young people in Massachusetts. After serving as executive secretary to the province leader in Peekskill, Sister Joan was asked to become vocation director, working out of Peekskill and Marlborough, and at the end of this assignment she became superior in Marlborough. Sister Joans business skills were always in demand, and in 1979, she became provincial treasurer in Jamaica, N.Y., a post that she held for 13 years. Her subsequent assignments included that of province bookkeeper in Jamaica, N.Y., after which she was director of formation for the Good Shepherd community. She was also involved in retreat work at Morristown and a vital part of the Spirituality Center of North America, working interprovincially, conducting retreats throughout the U.S. During this time, she also served in the program with the teenage youngsters at Collier Services in Wickatunk, N.J., and even found time to do the bookkeeping in Wickatunk. In 2008, she was missioned to Good Shepherd Center in Marlborough, where she continued to serve in a ministry of prayer and congregational service in the Good Shepherd mission. Sister Joan is survived by her brother, Ellis, of Cranford, N.J., and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters Joan Kopf and Mary Popelka. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for Sister Joan by Rev. Maurice OConnor at Good Shepherd Center, 406 Hemenway St., Marlborough, on Friday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m. Calling hours will also be at Good Shepherd Center on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. In addition, an October memorial service is planned in New Jersey, with a date yet to be determined. A private burial will take place at St. Vincents Cemetery, Madison, N.J. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fitzgerald & Collins Funeral Home (, 378 Lincoln St., Marlborough. Expressions of sympathy in Sister Joans memory may be made to the Good Shepherd Retirement Fund, 406 Hemenway St., Marlborough, MA The Sisters of the Good Shepherd were founded by St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier in Angers, France in 1835, in the U.S. (Louisville, Ky.) in 1843; Boston in 1867, and Harwichport, 1993.

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Ursula and Jack Gelczis
   Posted Mon May 16, 2011
Sister Joan and I worked together in the early 1950s. The friendship we formed then strengthened during the years. She will always be remembered in my prayers.
Sincerely, Ursula

Theresa Gaffney
   Posted Mon May 16, 2011
Sr. Joan made me laugh. I was so happy to live with her and call her sister - even for a short while. I shared in her humor, sing-song, poetry, prayer, Jeopardy, handkerchiefs, bird walks, and Tupperware decanter to just the right size! Joan's assister role in my journey is now from her in apple-pie order place in heaven. LUMU, Theresa

James Buchanan
   Posted Mon May 16, 2011
I will miss Sr. Joan's sense of humor, her kindness and her smile. I will miss her!

Barbara Stack, Collier HS nurse
   Posted Mon May 16, 2011
This is my 22 year of service at the high school and I have been blessed with the presence of Sr. Joan. You see, Sr. Joan was in charge of the Hand Craft Justice shop and I often visited it to purchase wonderful gifts. She used her talents to create beautiful displays which would tempt the most reluctant buyer. And often would search for my favorite item, a folding shopping bag, if I needed more than one. Please accept my sympathy and comfort from this simple story. She is missed.

John Bickart
   Posted Mon May 16, 2011
Thank you for this biography - and thank you, Sr. Joan for being there for us - the teachers and students of Collier High School.

Joseph E Kopf Jr
   Posted Mon May 16, 2011
To my dear, sweet, Aunt.
You never truelly appreciate someone until they're taken from you. It really was great to be able to talk to you on the phone and tell you that I LOVE YOU. Many time you don't get the chance to tell someone how you really feel until it's too late. So to be able to tell you this has made it much easier to say goodbye. How much greater a gift than LOVE. May GOD keep us safe until we meet again.
As always and forever,LOVE.
Your nephew and his family.
Joe, Theresa and Joseph Kopf

Joanne Bellisari & Sr. Dorothy Doyle
   Posted Mon May 16, 2011
Sr. Joan will be remembered by her faithfullness to the Comapnion life style. She was an inspiration to everyone she encountered. We will always remember her, for her kindness and her hospitality shown to us when visiting her convent.
Rest in peace Sr. Joan.

In our Shepherd's heart, Joanne Bellisari CJGS
Sr. Dorothy Doyle

E. Hope Phinney
   Posted Mon May 16, 2011
I was honored to know her....may she rest in the loving arms of our Good Shepherd.....

Donna Sauer, CJGS
   Posted Mon May 16, 2011
Sister Joan was a valiant woman and a great inspiration. She was very faithful and supportive of the Companion Lifestyle and will greatly missed! Rest in peace! Donna

Doree Martin
   Posted Mon May 16, 2011
Shirley,Encarna and myself extend our prayers and sympathy to all her family,Sisters RGS and friends.

Doris Martin CJGS
   Posted Mon May 16, 2011
Thank you for all your support dear Sr.Joan. You will be missed.

Margie Brown Kennelly
   Posted Mon May 16, 2011
Sister Joan will always be Anne to me. From our first meeting more than 65 years ago, she has always been very special to my family and I.
I was hoping she would get to meet my granddaughter Nora Elizabeth but it was not meant to be.
My daughter MaryBeth Anne plans to have Nora Elizabeth take Anne on her confirmation in her honor

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