HOPKINS, Constance Ann Montgomery

HOPKINS, Constance Ann Montgomery – Constance Ann Montgomery Hopkins, 76, passed away, Saturday, November 27th, 2021, at Hillcrest Commons in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Connie, the third child of Arthur Montgomery and Thelma Watters Montgomery, was born in St. Stephen, N.B., Canada on May 6th, 1945. She moved with her parents and family to Housatonic, Massachusetts on November 4th, 1960, and attended Searles High School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts from where she graduated in 1964. During her teenage years she worked at the Helen Taft Salon.

  She married Douglas Dwight Hopkins, in 1964, and they made their home in Housatonic. They had their first child, Kimberly in July 1965 and remained in Housatonic until their second child, Melissa came along in March 1970. They then moved to Barbieri farm and their third and last child, Brian was born in 1973. Connie loved living on the “farm” where she gardened, made homemade jams and jellies from wild berries she picked in the nearby fields and put her pickling skills to work. She was a very talented knitter and crocheter. The family lived there for several years until a house fire forced them to move. In January 1981 Connie’s husband Douglas was killed in a car accident in Egremont, Massachusetts. During this time Connie worked as a swing manager for McDonald’s in Great Barrington, MA. She later worked for Becton Dickinson in Canaan, CT in the quality control department until her retirement.

  She married Lawrence DelMasto in September 1988 and they moved to Ashley Falls where they lived for several years. After Connie’s divorce from Lawrence, she moved in with her parents in Housatonic and lovingly helped care for them until her father’s death in August 2005 and her mother in December 2007.

  Connie was a lifelong member of the Housatonic United Methodist Church. Along with her mother, she was a major contributor to running the church’s monthly suppers. She often baked 8-10 pies for each supper, peeled hundreds of pounds of vegetables, waited tables, enlisted friends to help and always stayed to the end helping wash dishes into the late hours after each dinner. These suppers kept the church solvent for many, many years and if not for her devotion to the church it would not have been able to remain open long as it did. At home, she was an amazing cook, baker, and homemaker. She made incredibly complex and beautiful cakes. Her wedding cakes were especially sought after. A skill she passed on to her daughter Melissa. Connie so often spoke, with such fond memories, of home, referencing her childhood growing up in Upper Mills, N.B., Canada. She so loved to talk about that very happy time in her life.

  In addition to her husband Douglas, Connie was predeceased by two sons born prematurely, Jeffrey and Douglas Jr., her son Brian, brothers Allan, Peter and Robert Montgomery, as well as her parents. She leaves behind two daughters, Kimberly Bugley of North Adams, MA, Melissa Payne of Great Barrington, MA, brothers, John Montgomery of Pittsfield, MA, Paul Montgomery of Egremont, MA, Timothy Montgomery of Seattle, WA and sister Pauline Montgomery of West Stockbridge, MA, as well as her three grandchildren, Jesse Markou and Christina and Gwendolyn Payne.

  As Connie wished, there will be no calling hours. Connie will be interred in the family plot, Greenlawn Cemetery, Housatonic, MA where the family will hold an informal graveside memorial service Friday, December 17th at 11AM for all who would like to attend. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice Care in the Berkshires through Birches-Roy Funeral Home in Great Barrington, MA.