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1001 North Riverfront Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
Robert Andrew “Bob” Hoppe, 84, entered into Eternal Life on Monday, November 2nd at Mayo-Methodist Hospital, Rochester.
The son of Merrill and Monica (Hodapp) Hoppe, Bob was born on September 13th, 1936 in Mankato, MN. He graduated from St. Clair High School in 1955. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, spending peace-time enlistment at military facilities in California. Upon return to Minnesota he attended Mankato State College (University), where he pursued bachelor’s and master’s degrees in secondary education, and a subsequent specialist’s degree in educational administration. It was during his first years at Mankato State that he met his future wife, Judith “Judy” Schleusner. They were married on October 1st, 1960.
Bob taught history and political science in public schools at Manly, IA and Mapleton, MN. He was high school principal at Cleveland, MN and, from 1969-1991, superintendent of schools at Waldorf-Pemberton. He and his wife retired to a family farm in rural Mankato, where he continued to farm with his brother, Bill and nephew, Corey. In later years, he and Judy would spend winters at their second home in Naples, FL.
He is survived by his sons Robert and Joel (Darlette), grandchildren Olivia, Andrew, and Faith, brothers Merrill “Bill” (Gloria), Gerald “Mike”(Margie), and sister Diane Radtke, along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, his father and mother, step father Lawrence Kramer, and sister, Mary Lou Fossum (Robert).
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 6, 2020 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 632 S. Broad Street, Mankato. Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 p.m., Thursday at Mankato Mortuary and continue one hour before the service at the church on Friday. Interment to follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, St. Clair. Wearing of face masks and social distancing protocol will be required by all wishing to attend.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to St. John the Baptist Church.
Family members express their gratitude to the staff at Oak Terrace Memory Care, North Mankato, as well as the physicians and staff at St. Mary’s and Methodist Hospitals, Rochester.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
4:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)
Friday, November 6, 2020
Starts at 10:00am (Central time)
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery
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