Frances Mary Hopkins, 82, of Stockton, N.J., died peacefully on Friday, July 3, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was predeceased by her devoted husband, Gerald J. Hopkins, to whom she was married for 61 years.
Frances was a great listener and dispenser of advice. This was both a gift and a curse. Family, friends (and sometimes perfect strangers) could sense her empathy and would often unburden all of their problems at their earliest opportunity. She would always listen patiently and then gently suggest a course of action which, although not always welcome, was typically both insightful and correct.
Frances met her husband, Gerald, while working for the Lipton Tea company in Hoboken, N.J. She devoted the rest of her life to her husband and family.
She was a wonderful cook, wife, mother and grandmother. She loved gardening, Oprah, reading, and reading about Oprah. She loved children, all children, and she had a unique ability to instantly connect with them. Although life’s circumstances denied her the opportunity to pursue higher education, she was fiercely bright, intellectually curious, and relentless in her encouragement to her family to pursue their goals, whatever their path might be.
Frances was a compassionate, generous and non-judgemental person who was adored by her family. She is already greatly missed.
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, she was one of seven children of Mary Rita Sullivan and Henry Carl Mueller. She is survived by her children, Eileen Baumann and her husband, Robert, and Gerald J. Hopkins Jr. and his wife, JoAnne, all of Stockton, N.J.; her close nephew, Robert L. Costello of Williamsburg, Va.; her beloved grandchildren, Scott Liggett, Lori Liggett, Kristen Lubold, Kaycie Hopkins, Daniel Hopkins and Kerry Bonci; her great-grandchildren, Haley, Paige and Jared Lubold, and her brothers, Charles Mueller of Cranford, N.J., and John Mueller of Atlanta, Georgia.
She was predeceased by her brother Joseph, and by her sisters, Mary Mueller, Catherine Costello and Margaret Stratton.
A private memorial service at Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Flemington, NJ. is being planned. Interment will be in Barber Cemetery in Delaware Township, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Flemington Food Pantry, 154 Rt. 31, Flemington, NJ 08822.
Please visit www.holcombefisher.com for further information or to leave an online condolence.