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In Memoriam: Sister Jane Maria Hoehn, SC

Her kindness, compassion, love of all God’s people, and sense of humor made her someone with whom people could talk easily.

Sr. Jane Maria Hoehn

Sister Jane Maria Hoehn (Elizabeth Jane) was born in Ridgewood, Queens, on March 25, 1924, one of two daughters of George and Marguerite Ahearn Hoehn. Elizabeth attended PS 88 in Queens, Franklin K. Lane High School in Brooklyn, and Queens College of the City University of New York before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on February 11, 1947. Sister Jane earned her BS in Spanish from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MSS in Social Work from Fordham University. She later earned her NYS permanent certification in Social Work and a license for Social Work in Puerto Rico.

Although Sister Jane’s first mission was teaching third grade at Holy Trinity School in Manhattan, it was her next assignment at Saint Agatha’s Home in Nanuet that led to her lifelong devotion to social services. From 1951 until 1973, Sister Jane served in a variety of roles at Saint Agatha’s Home as group mother, social worker, director of social service and director of community services. In 1973, the New York Foundling opened an office in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, under the supervision of Sister Jane. Her main focus was to assist foster families and children who had returned to live in Puerto Rico. After her retirement in 1998, Sister returned to New York City after serving the children and families of Saint Agatha’s Home and the New York Foundling for forty-seven years. She continued to volunteer her talents and expertise as a social worker. In 2011 she moved to the Convent of Mary the Queen where she lived until 2014, when she was among the first group of sisters to move to Kittay House in the Bronx.

Sister Jane was a social worker par excellence. Her kindness, compassion, love of all God’s people, and sense of humor made her someone with whom people could talk easily. Her knowledge and willingness to assist those who needed help made her a very trustworthy person to the people she served. We rejoice with her now as she is welcomed into her eternal home by her family, friends and the Sisters of Charity who have gone before her. Rest in peace, Sister Jane.

 

 

Date of Death
October 31, 2017

Age
93

Wake
Mount Saint Vincent Convent
Assembly Room
6301 Riverdale Ave., Bronx, NY 10471
718.601.5370

Sunday, November 5, 2–6:30 pm
Prayer Vigil at 4:30 pm

Mass of Christian Burial
Mount Saint Vincent Convent
Assembly Room
Monday, November 6, 10 am

Burial
St. Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY

 


Missions

Archdiocese of New York

  • Holy Trinity School, Manhattan
    1948–51, Teacher, Gr. 3
  • St. Agatha Home, Nanuet
    1951–56, Group Mother, Pre-School
    1956–63, Social Work
    1963–68, Director, Social Service
    1968–73, Director, Community Services
  • Volunteer
    1998–2011, Social Work

Archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico

  • New York Foundling, Hato Rey, PR
    1973–98, Social Worker

One Response to In Memoriam: Sister Jane Maria Hoehn, SC

  1. Grace Seitzer November 2, 2017 at 10:19 am #

    Let me add a point or two to the summary of her life of service. I first met Betty Hoehn in 1945 when she was a volunteer serving the children at St. Joseph’s Hall in Brooklyn. Even then, there were clear indications a personal call to the social services that would mark her life. It’s important, too, to remember her devotion to Mother Seton. In January of 1947, we visited the quiet gravesite at Emmitsburg and the nearby Stone House that were part of the beginnings of the Sisters of Charity in the US–and in Puerto Rico, too.

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