Obituary of Martha Hipkens
Martha Hipkens (née Powers) of Buffalo, New York, passed away on Wednesday, October 18, at home and in the arms of her loving family. She leaves behind E. Kelly, her husband of forty-six years, her daughter Emma Walker and her husband Paul and grandchildren Sophie and Andrew, her sons Travis and Dylan, her twin brother Edward Powers (Dora), her brother Dennis Powers (Patricia), her sister Louise MacManus (David Everson), several nieces and nephews, and many close friends.
Martha graduated from Farmingdale High School on Long Island, NY. She graduated from SUNY College at Farmingdale with an A.A.S degree in Advertising Art. She continued her education at SUNY Buffalo State College where she earned a Bachelor’s and Masters Degree in Art Education. She began her teaching career in Brentwood (Long Island), NY. She left this position to accompany her husband while he completed his military commitment, stationed in Bristol, RI, and northern Italy. After moving to Buffalo, and raising her family, she began her career with the Buffalo Public Schools. She taught art at School #38 (Frank Sedita Academy) and Lafayette High School. She nurtured the creativity of a generation of students.
Martha’s artistic talents stretched to creations in fabric, watercolor, ink, and mixed-media— paintings, drawings, and jewelry that colleagues describe as “intimate,” “warm,” and “fascinating.” Martha loved music (she attended Woodstock) and closely followed local bands. She loved cooking for joyful, disorderly gatherings at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and St. Patrick’s Day. She loved long walks in Delaware Park with Kelly. And she doted on her grandchildren, playing catch with little Andrew even in her last days, and admiring Sophie’s renderings of Halloween pumpkins. The Hipkens’ invite you to a funeral mass at St. Louis Church, Buffalo, 10:00am Saturday, October 28th with a Celebration of Life Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Hospice Buffalo or Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Share condolences www.jerfh.com