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Sister Ellen Hoffman, RSCJ – religious for 79 years

January 30, 2015

Religious of the Sacred Heart Sister Ellen Hoffman died Jan. 19, at Oakwood, her congregation’s retirement facility in Atherton. She was 98 years old and a religious for 79 years.

Born in Missouri, she attended Sacred Heart schools and entered the community in 1935 making first vows March 15, 1938, and final profession Aug. 2, 1943.

Sister Ellen held a graduate degree in education psychology from San Francisco College for Women formerly a school of her congregation and now part of the University of San Francisco. “A natural teacher, she touched countless lives not only through her own work in the classroom, but through her service as teacher trainer and mentor,” the sisters said in a statement.

Sister Ellen was among the first teachers at the sisters’ Stuart Hall Academy in San Francisco and later taught for almost 30 years at San Francisco’s Convent of the Sacred Heart Elementary School where a library is named for her.

“During these three decades, she variously taught in the elementary school, served briefly as principal, supervised new teachers, served as director of the learning center, oversaw curriculum, worked with children with special learning needs and worked in the library,” the sisters said.

Survivors include family in Nebraska and Illinois. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. at Oakwood, 140 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart cemetery there.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Society of the Sacred Heart, 4120 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108.

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