Gladys ScipienApril 9, 2017
GLADYS M. SCIPIEN Gladys Mary Scipien, daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Targosz) Scipien of Chicopee, MA, died peacefully in Boston and in the presence of her close friends on April 9, 2017. She was a graduate of Chicopee High School and received a BS degree in nursing from Adelphi University. At the Nassau County (NY) Medical Center, she was a staff nurse and head nurse in pediatrics. Her continued clinical practice at Syracuse Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of Upstate Medical Center (NY) provided her with exposure to large numbers of nursing students which raised her interest in nursing education. After obtaining an MS in Parent-Child Nursing from the Boston University (BU) School of Nursing, Ms. Scipien was appointed to the faculty at BU School of Nursing where she obtained tenure and the rank of Associate Professor. After the BU School of Nursing closed, Professor Scipien taught at the University of Massachusetts Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences until her retirement. Among her many professional honors were induction into the American Academy of Nursing and being named a Living Legend in Massachusetts Nursing in 2013 by Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses (now ANA Massachusetts). She was the Vice-President of the Nursing Archives Associates, Boston University. Although Ms. Scipien leaves no survivors, she leaves behind a godson, Benjamin Thiefels of San Diego, CA, her close friends Sarah B. Pasternack of Stoughton (MA) and Barbara Segal of Hinesburg (VT), who she described as “incredibly kind and thoughtful.” She also leaves many friends in the greater Boston area and in Western Massachusetts. She leaves her dog, Buddy, her constant companion, who was responsible for the laughter and the joy he brought to her every day. Visiting hours will be 4pm to 8pm at the Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home, 455 Washington Street, Canton, MA on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am at Immaculate Conception Church, 122 Canton Street, Stoughton, 02072, on Wednesday April 19, 2017 Burial will be on Thursday, April 20, at 12:00 noon, in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Chicopee, MA. Friends are invited to gather at 11:00 am in the Brunellle Funeral Home, 811 Chicopee Street, Chicopee, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Prof. Scipien’s memory would be gratefully appreciated to Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen and Pantry, 170 Poindexter St., Chicopee, MA, 01013 or to the History of Nursing Archives, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, 771 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA, 02215.