Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, February 18, 2018

WILTON – Sister Mary Antoine Daniel Knipfing, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, died on June 15, 2012, at Lourdes Health Care Center in Wilton. She had been a school teacher, school principal, administrator and parish minister in four states over five decades.

She was 100 years old and in her 80th year of religious life.

Elizabeth Ann Knipfing was born on Nov. 11, 1911, in Westbury, N.Y., a daughter of Michael John and Anna Marie (Leist) Knipfing. She graduated in 1929 from St. Saviour High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame, given the name Mary Antoine Daniel.

Sister Antoine earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1949 from Notre Dame of Maryland University, and she earned a master’s degree in 1966 from Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.

She professed her first vows in 1932 and taught in Baltimore and Catonsville, Md.

In 1940, she moved to Meriden, where she taught at St. Mary School for nine years before becoming the principal, a position she held until 1966. She also was principal of St. Stephen School in Trumbull.

Sister Antoine also taught in New Jersey and New York.

She formally retired in 2000 to Villa Notre Dame in Wilton.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 21 in the chapel at Villa Notre Dame. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bethel.

Sister Antoine is survived by several nieces and nephews.