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Sr. Mary Gabriel Hopf, CP, 79, Ellisville, Missouri

SrSister Mary Gabriel Hopf, C.P., 79, died August 10 at the Passionist Nuns Monestery in Ellisville, Missouri. She was born in Jasper to Edward and Catherine Hopf on September 26, 1933, and was baptized Ardella Lenore Hopf.

She entered the contemplative community of Passionist Sisters in Kirkwood, Missouri in 1951. She professed her solemn vows October 11, 1953, taking the name of Sr. Mary Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin.

After 10 years of work, sacrifice and prayer, she helped her community move to a new convent in Ellisville in 1961. Sister Mary Gabriel held many offices within the community, including vicaress, novice mistress, financial econome, infirmarian and belt maker. Through the years she also helped in the primary work of the community, including the making of Communion hosts. She died just before her 60th jubilee of per profession. “A strong living faith” was her answer to most of life’s struggles.

She is survived by two sisters, Verena Schroeder and husband Norbert and Bernadine Schnell and husband Hilbert of Jasper as well nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Father Linus, Ambrose, Emil and Harold “Bud” Hopf, and two sisters, Loretta Burgan and Dorothy Senninger.

A funeral Mass for Sister Mary Gabriel was celebrated August 19 at the Passionist Nuns Monastery Chapel of the Immaculate Conception in Ellisville. She was buried in the community cemetery on the monastery grounds.

A memorial Mass for family and friends will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 1, at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Dubois.

Memorial contributions may be made to Passionist Sisters, 15700 Clayton Road, Ellisville MO 63011.

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