Mary Elizabeth (Gramolini) Hopkins


Mary Elizabeth (Gramolini) Hopkins entered into the embrace of her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 surrounded by the constant love of her family after her courageous six-month battle with cancer.

She was an angel among us, bringing kindness, hope and faith to everyone she met. She embodied love, and her gentle spirit spread her message of compassion to her family and her friends. Her fidelity to her faith was displayed in plentiful prayers of the rosary, offered in her devotion to the Blessed Mother.

A quintessential educator with tireless dedication and care for her students, she worked for over 20 years at Hugh B. Bain Middle School in Cranston.

The beloved daughter of the late Everett and Concetta (Salvo) Gramolini, her beautiful soul remains steadfast in the hearts of her faithful husband of 41 years, Ken Hopkins Sr., with whom she shared an everlasting love; her children, Ken Jr., Lauren and Katelyn; their spouses, Cristina, Cody and Jacob; and her grandchildren, Lily, JJ, Kenny III and Chloe, to whom she will always be known as “Meme.” Her smile and her earthly presence will be greatly missed.

Her funeral was held Monday, Dec. 16 from Nardolillo Funeral Home & Crematory, 1278 Park Ave., Cranston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mark Church, 9 Garden Ct., Cranston. Burial was at St. Columba Cemetery in Middletown. Visiting hours were Sunday, Dec. 15.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hugh B. Bain Middle School, 845 Park Ave., Cranston, RI, 02910, with “Remembering Mary Hopkins” written on the memo line. Visit for online condolences.


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