WEST HARTFORD – Sister Ellen Marie Coburn, a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, died on Feb. 5, 2014, at St. Mary Home.
She was born in Hartford on April 10, 1927, the eighth of nine children of the late Frank and Mary (Connors) Coburn. She grew up in East Hartford and Manchester and graduated from Lauralton Hall in Milford.
She entered the Sisters of Mercy at age 19 and professed religious vows on Jan. 3, 1949. For 29 years, Sister Ellen taught young children, primarily second graders, in Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford. After obtaining a nursing assistant certificate, she ministered to the sick and elderly at St. Mary Home, Mercyknoll and The McAuley and as a private duty companion to many, including her mother.
She was predeceased by seven siblings: Harriet, Francis, Robert, Joseph, Anthony, Joan and Sister Catherine Ann, also a Sister of Mercy. She is survived by her brother John, many nieces and nephews and the sisters in her community.