Sister Anne Stephen Hajducek, OP (Margaret Frances) of the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh, New York, died December 15, 2023, in Caldwell, New Jersey. She was 106 years of age, and in her 80th year of religious life.

The daughter of the late Stephen Michael and Anna Piga Hajducek, she was born January 21, 1917, in Bayonne, New Jersey. 

Sister Anne Stephen entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh on December 8, 1943, made her First Profession August 21, 1945, and Final Profession August 25, 1949. Sister Anne Stephen earned her BA in Spanish from Villanova University and her MA in Spanish from Middlebury College. She also earned credits in Russian from Fordham and Georgetown Universities. 

Sister Anne Stephen’s ministry was mainly in elementary and secondary education. In New Jersey, she taught at Saint Mary School in Gloucester (1945-50), Our Lady of Lourdes School in Paterson (1950-53), Saint Lawrence School in Lindenwold (1953-60) and was principal at Saint Lawrence (1980-83). In New York, she was principal and taught at Sacred Heart School in Newburgh (1960-66). From 1966 to 1976 she taught Spanish and Russian at Immaculate High School in Danbury, Connecticut. Other ministries included business manager at Mount Saint Mary High School (1976-79), clerk in the finance department at Mount Saint Mary Convent in Newburgh (1979-80).

After retiring from Education ministry, Sister Anne Stephen served the community at Mount Saint Mary in several capacities; Administrative Assistant to the Mount Saint Mary Convent Administrator, coordinator of Nazareth Community at the Newburgh Center of Hope and she also volunteered in the Development Office and in the Finance Department for the Dominican Sisters of Hope. In 2009 Sister Anne Stephen moved to Meadowview at the Wartburg in Mount Vernon, New York. In 2014, Sister moved to Saint Catherine of Siena, Caldwell, New Jersey.

Sister Anne Stephen is survived by her Dominican Sisters of Hope and her nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, great grandnieces and great grandnephews. She is predeceased by her parents Stephen and Anna Hajducek and her siblings, Agnes, Andrew, Anna, Elizabeth, Florence, Mary, and Stephen.

Sister Anne Stephen’s funeral will be held on Wednesday December 20, 2023, in the Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary, Newburgh, NY. The viewing will begin at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Prayer Service at 10:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will take place immediately following the liturgy at the Dominican Sisters Cemetery in Newburgh, New York.

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sister Anne Stephen’s memory to the Dominican Sisters of Hope Development Office, 299 North Highland Avenue, Ossining, New York, 10562.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Brooks Funeral Home, Newburgh NY.