2017-05-25 / Obituaries

Virginia Hopper


Virginia Hopper Virginia Hopper Virginia Christine Hopper, 94, passed away October 17, 2016, at Linden Grove Nursing Center in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

She was born November 30, 1922, to Edward and Anna (nee Nordstrom) Nelson.

Mrs. Hopper grew up in St. Ignace, and she was graduated from LaSalle High School in 1941.

She met her husband, David Hopper, while he was serving in the Army Air Corps at Pellston Airport. They were married April 16, 1943. For most of their adult lives, they lived first in Beloit, and then in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where she reared their three sons and her husband worked for the Wisconsin Power and Light Company. Upon his retirement, they moved back to St. Ignace in 1993, residing in her family home, until her husband passed away in March 1996, after nearly 53 years of marriage. Following her husband’s death, Mrs. Hopper remained in St. Ignace until August 2014, where she enjoyed the care of her three sons and her niece, Dianne Nelson.

A wife, mother, and grandmother, her greatest joy was spending time with her husband, her children and their families, and her niece, Dianne, family members said.

She is survived by three sons and their families, David and Joan Hopper of Ames, Iowa, Gary and Elizabeth Hopper of Richmond, Virginia, and Larry and Sharon Hopper of Germantown, Wisconsin; four grandchildren and their families, Robert and Stephanie Hopper, Scott and Lee Hopper, Amanda and Liam Von Thien, and John Hopper; four great-grandchildren, Brandon, Tyler, Rachel, and MinJi, and a niece, Dianne Nelson of St. Ignace. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and several friends.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. Hopper was preceded in death by a sister, Irene; five brothers, Kenneth, Roy, Gregor, Leonard, and Robert, and a great-grandson, Tyler.

A graveside service will be held Friday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at the upper Lakeside Cemetery in St. Ignace.

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