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Joseph Hipius Of Yonkers

Joseph Hipius
Joseph Hipius Photo Credit: Deborah Burnley

YONKERS, N.Y. – Joseph C. Hipius, of Yonkers, died Wednesday, Jan. 6.

He was born in Brooklyn in 1922, and resided in New York City until he married Elizabeth (Lee) Savino in 1950 at Mt. Carmel R.C. Church, Yonkers.

He attended Power Memorial Academy, Cathedral College and received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Joseph's Seminary and a master’s degree in psychology.

He was a deacon in the Roman Catholic church. He taught at Rice High School and served as attendance officer at Cardinal Hayes High School, before becoming a parole officer for the City of New York.

Hipius retired in 1986 as chief court clerk in the Office of the County Clerk and New York State Supreme Court, New York County, after 36 years of service. He was recipient of the Bernard Botein Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Administration of the Courts and was the first recipient of the James P. Conlon Award for Dedication, Loyalty, and Untiring Effort on Behalf of all court clerks. He was one of the founders of the New York State Court Clerks Association in 1967 and served as an officer for 15 years.

After college, he pursued a theatrical career in acting, writing and directing many church and school plays. He also studied acting with the original Black Friars in the 1940s.

He served as an adult Scoutmaster for more than 50 years, beginning as a Cubmaster in Pack 112, Sacred Heart Church in 1958.

Besides his wife, Lee, he is survived by two Eagle Scout sons, Joseph of DeWitt, and Michael of Pleasantville; four grandsons; and one great-grandson.

Calling hours will be from 4-6 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at Whelan & Ball Funeral Home, 168 Park Ave., Yonkers. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church in Yonkers, followed by committal service at Ferncliff Chapel. Interment at St. Joseph's cemetery will occur at a later date.

Contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or to Sacred Heart Church in his memory.

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