In Memoriam: Matushka Anne Hopko

Mka. Anna Hopko with Fr. Thomas

Matushka Anne “Anya” Hopko, née Schmemann, for the last two decades of Ellwood City, PA, and previously, for many years, of Crestwood, NY, fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday afternoon, August 4, 2022, in Quebec, Canada, where she was vacationing with family. She was 78.

Matushka Anna Hopko in May of 2022

At the time of her repose in the Lord, Matushka Anne was in palliative care in a hospital in L’Annonciation (Rivière-Rouge), Quebec. She had suffered, without warning, a sudden, massive stroke on Wednesday, August 3, while enjoying a late morning cup of tea with family members, together on summer holiday in Lac Labelle, Canada.

Anne Hopko was the wife of the late Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko (+2015). She was the oldest child of the late Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann (+1983) and his wife, the late Matushka Juliana (Ossorguine) Schmemann (+2017).

Fr Thomas and Mka Anne in St Sergius Chapel, Lac Labelle, Quebec, c. 2010

Matushka Anne and Protopresbyter Thomas’s five children are Archpriest John (Macrina), Juliana (Gregory), Catherine (Raymond), Mary (Archpriest Nicholas), and Alexandra (Joseph). Matushka Anne had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

May Matushka Anne’s memory be eternal!

*This article has been adapted from OCA.org.
Photos: (Top) Matushka Anne and Fr. Thomas at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Allison Park, PA, in 2013, during a celebration of Fr. Thomas's fiftieth anniversary of ordination to the priesthood; (Bottom) Fr. Thomas and Matushka Anne in St. Sergius Chapel, Lac Labelle, Quebec, c. 2010