Mary Leo Hopkins

January 14, 1929 - February 13, 2016 Avondale, PA | Age 87 Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunt and Friend

Mary Leo Hopkins, age 87, of Avondale, PA, died peacefully on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Ware Presbyterian Home in Oxford, PA, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Robert J. Hopkins, Sr., with whom she shared 66 years of marriage.

Born in West Chester, PA, she was a daughter of the late Angeline (Ingelido) and Peter V. Leo. She was pre-deceased by her son Robert J. Hopkins, Jr, her sister Rosemarie Leo and her brother Peter V. Leo, Jr. Along with her husband, she leaves behind 3 children, Christine Hopkins Rizzotte, Michael Hopkins and his wife Donna, and Gary Hopkins and his wife Elizabeth.

She was a member of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church in Avondale and also received blessings while attending Mass and Rosary service while she lived at Ware.

A graduate of Kennett High School and Goldey-Beacom, she first worked as a secretary at DuPont Chemical Company. She then followed in her parents footsteps by entering the mushroom industry, working for many years as bookkeeper for Frezzo Brothers and later at Greenhill Farms.

In her younger years she enjoyed roller skating, tennis and growing up with her many cousins in Toughkenamon, where she met her husband. She was a dedicated wife and mother who enjoyed playing cards, crossword puzzles, casino trips to Atlantic City, Saturday shopping with friends and always loved having a house full of company. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed decorating the house and celebrating the holidays with family and friends.

She loved and was loved by her 8 grandchildren, Diane Rizzotte Bucklaw, Nicholas Rizzotte, Kyle Hopkins, Kellianne Eckman and her husband Phil, Michael Hopkins, Jr. and his wife Kari, Jackie Hopkins, Gary Hopkins, Jr., Bryan Hopkins, and 4 great grandchildren, Jeffrey Bird, Jr., Angela Bird, Jason Bucklaw and Zachary Eckman.

You are invited to visit with Mary’s family and friends from 6:00 to 8:00 Thursday evening, February 18, 2016, and again from 9:30 to 10:30, Friday morning, February 19, 2016, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA. Her Memorial service will follow at 10:30. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Route 82, Kennett Square, PA.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 East Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348

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Memorial Donations

Willow Tree Hospice.

616 East Cypress Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348



February 18, 2016 6:00-8:00 Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA.


February 19, 2016 9:30-10:30 Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home,
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA.

Memorial Service

February 19, 2016 10:30 Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home,
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA.


February 19, 2016 Following Service. St. Patrick's Cemetery
Route 82
Kennett Square, PA


  1. To the Hopkins and Leo family. I am sorry to find the passing of Mary. Belated sympathy for Mary’s loved ones It has been several years I had spoke to Mary. I was lucky enough I had crossed paths meeting Mary. I must say, I never forgot her. Mary had a warm, bright smile, very good sense of humor. Mary, a very lovely soul.
    Years ago I, employed by Jerry in Avondale at “Shear Satisfaction” a few years were Mary was a client of Jerry’s. Mary was always very sweet and kind to me.
    A few years later I had opened my hair salon on N.Mill rd. Kennett Square. Mary had visited, I was always happy to service Mary’s haircare, as she was very happy to find, the building My salon is located, was once a old mushroom house business I believe they had owed years prior. Mary was excited to know it had been purchased and the “old mushroom house” was turned into a wonderful office strip. Many of Mary’s inside circle friends, Mary had stop by, to take a look at the very good renovation job accomplished of the building, in hope it would inspire others to renovate all the old mushroom houses abandoned in the surrounding area.
    In deepest, belated sympathy. I know Mary is in heaven because she was a angel here on earth…
    God bless Her. Sincerely, Elizabeth Barrett (Beth)

    Elizabeth Barrett (Beth) | April 7, 2016 at 7:05 PM
  2. Dear Bob and family,
    We were very sad to hear about Mary’s passing. She had enriched our lives in so many ways over the years. We truly were so disappointed that we could not attend Mary’s services and give our support to you and your family. As you probably know, Jim was hospitalized during that time.
    Bob, Jim and I look forward to visiting you soon.
    Sending our love and prayers to you and your family, Jim and Ginny

    Jim and Ginny | April 5, 2016 at 1:58 PM
  3. Mike, Donna and Family,
    We were so sad to learn of Mary’s passing.
    Please accept our most sincere condolences.
    May fond memories bring solace forever.

    Joe and Susan Donohoe | February 21, 2016 at 4:05 PM
  4. Dear Rob Christine and family i am so sorry for your loss your loss and heavens gain i just know mom Helen and all of the great people are just in heaven dancing and laughing she will be truly missed may God Bless you and your family love to all Lisa and David Arguello please keep in touch

    Lisa Arguello | February 19, 2016 at 8:18 PM
  5. Bob, You and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers. Jane and Jim

    Jane Conner | February 19, 2016 at 8:58 AM
  6. To the Hopkins Family, Mary was a wonderful lady. She had such a warm loving heart and greeted everyone she met with a big smile. I’m sure she left a legacy of love behind her.

    Remembering Mary and wishing you all peace and comfort.

    Nikki and Ron

    Cogdill | February 17, 2016 at 8:59 PM
  7. A lot of good times remembered on Heatherly Lane with the Hopkins Family! She will be missed!

    Bill and Barb Carozzo | February 17, 2016 at 3:01 PM
  8. I am so sorry to here of Mary’s passing. I enjoyed doing her hair when I worked at Ware. She will be missed. May you find peace knowing she has found peace. God be with you at your time of sorrow.

    Pat Lincoln | February 17, 2016 at 1:10 PM
  9. Robert, Christine, Michael, and Gary, you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Memories of her make me smile, whether of times at the kitchen table or in the back yard. How she allowed us to yell at the top of our lungs when watching the Flyers. Such warm, funny, loving memories of her when I lived on the Lane. She will be missed. Deb Flad

    Deb Flad | February 17, 2016 at 6:08 AM
  10. My Dear Christine,Robert and Family, We are so sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. We are sending you our very Heartfelt Sympathy. There are many fond memories of Mary, that always make me smile, and that we can keep forever close in our Hearts. With Love and Peace, Patricia and Alex

    Patricia Mattoscio and Alex Penny | February 17, 2016 at 12:45 AM
  11. My Dear Christine , Robert and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. We are sending you our very Heartfelt Sympathy. Every time I think of Mary,very fondly,I get the biggest smile, There are many fond memories that we all have and that we will always hold forever in our Hearts. With Love and Peace,
    Patricia and Alex

    Patricia Mattoscio and Alex Penny | February 16, 2016 at 11:12 PM
  12. One thing for sure you mom and my mom have a lot of things to talk about just like old times my mom and Mary were best friends

    She was such a nice person I always liked Mary will miss her and all the good times on the circle so sorry for your loss

    mark | February 16, 2016 at 8:28 PM
  13. Mike, Donna and Family. Please accept our condolences at the loss of your sweet mother. She and her family were a large part of the rich Italian history of Chester County. She will be remembered fondly by everyone who knew her and I know you will all treasure the memories you made together.

    With Prayers,
    Russ and Kathy

    Kilmer | February 16, 2016 at 4:49 PM
  14. Robert, Christine, Michael and Gary.. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time … So many fond memories of your beloved mother and loving wife… Deepest sympathies.. Paula Brooks

    Paula Brooks | February 16, 2016 at 3:24 PM
  15. Michael, Donna & Family
    Very sorry to hear about your mothers passing. Our condolences go out to the Hopkins family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Michael, Maryann Conner & Family

    Michael J Conner | February 16, 2016 at 1:57 PM
  16. Dear Mr. Hopkins, Christine, Michael and Gary,
    Joe and I are so sorry to hear of Mrs. Hopkins passing. Christine, I have so many wonderful memories of your Mom when we were growing up, that I will always cherish. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Patti & Joe Testa | February 16, 2016 at 1:07 PM
  17. To the Hopkins family sooooo sorry for your loss cousin mary was a wonderful women and loved by all of us and especially my Mom and Dad who truly loved your familyGod bless your family ❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏😢😢😢😢😢😞😞😞

    Eugene Tenuto | February 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM
  18. Christine and entire family of Mary, please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. She will be missed a great deal by all of you. May Mary rest in peace.

    Robin Goldman & Rich Server | February 16, 2016 at 11:02 AM
  19. She was one beautiful lady. It was a real pleasure to know her

    Jim DiFilippo | February 16, 2016 at 8:48 AM
  20. As just an acquaintance of Mary, she always made me feel like a good friend when we would meet somewhere around town. She would embrace me with a warm hug and ask me about my children and always, always make some funny comment that made the moment special in every way!

    Mary Lou Burkhart | February 16, 2016 at 8:42 AM
  21. Robert and family. So sorry to hear about Mary. Barbara DiFilippo

    Barbara DiFilippo | February 16, 2016 at 8:31 AM
  22. So sorry for the loss of Mary. It is a testament to her life that she leaves behind a wonderful, loving family.

    Phyllis Roberts | February 16, 2016 at 8:24 AM
  23. You are all so fortunate to have had this lady as the matriarch of your family. It was a pleasure to have known her. What a sweet person, she always went above and beyond to make things nice for others. I appreciate all the love, concern, packages and prayers she gave to my son when he was away with the Marines fighting for our country. It was a delight to visit their home, especially at Christmas time. May all your precious memories of her time with each of you be a great comfort.

    Becky Kirwin/Tolmie | February 16, 2016 at 7:28 AM
  24. Sending my condolences and prayers to the Leo and Hopkins families. Really sorry for your loss. She was such a beautiful woman. I’ll never forget her welcoming smile the first time Gary invited me to his house to watch Hockey. Gary, missing you and our fun times. God bless your families and prayers from my family to yours!

    Carlos Davila | February 15, 2016 at 9:12 PM
  25. To the Hopkins family. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Mary. She was a wonderful and beautiful person. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless each of you in this time of sorrow. God Bless you Mary and rest in peace.

    Theresa Roberts (Mattioni12 | February 15, 2016 at 9:01 PM
  26. To the Hopkins family. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Mary. She was a wonderful and beautiful person. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless each of you in this time of sorrow. God Bless you Mary and rest in peace.

    Theresa Roberts (Mattioni12 | February 15, 2016 at 9:01 PM
  27. Robert and Family, So sorry to hear about Mary. May she rest in peace. Barbara DiFilippo

    Barbara DiFilippo | February 15, 2016 at 6:55 PM
  28. She was always one of my most memorable and fun loving cousins. She will not be forgotten.
    Stephen Brutscher

    Stephen Brutscher | February 15, 2016 at 2:02 PM

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