Hildegarde V. Bearg-Hopt
1921 - 2014
Hildegarde Bearg-Hopt, 93, of Boise, passed away June 10, 2014 at Valley View in Boise. A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 12 at 1:00 pm at Cloverdale Funeral Home.
Hilde was born Hildegarde Clara Vox on May 15, 1921 in Carver County, Minnesota to Herman Vox and Margaret Kloempken Vox. Hilde grew up on a farm in the German speaking community of Norwood. She earned a business degree from the University of Minnesota, then moved to Alexandria and began teaching business classes.
When Hilde was 23 years old, US government recruiters came to Alexandria, and recruited her as a WWII code breaker. She moved to Washington D.C., where her code breaking efforts focused largely on intercepted Japanese naval messages. In 2013, Hilde recalled this experience in a recorded interview for the NSA in Laurel, MD.
Hilde returned to Minneapolis in 1944 to marry Richard Willys Bearg, who was on furlough from Panama where he was serving in the US Army. She returned to Washington, and he to Panama for the duration of the war.
After the war, Hilde and Dick lived in Minneapolis, where their two daughters were born. They moved to Boise in 1951, and welcomed a son.
Dick died in 1987, and Hilde married Carl Hopt in 1993.
Hilde taught at Capital High School for over 25 years. She earned her Master's Degree in education at age 60 from Boise State University. In 1982, Hilde was named Outstanding Vocational Education Teacher of the Year by the Idaho Vocational Association.
Her activities included Delta Kappa Gamma, who honored her as the December 2008 Person of Inspiration. She belonged to King's Daughters, volunteered at St. Alphonsus Hospital, and participated in the social group Merri-Weds. She enjoyed bridge, crossword puzzles, and travel, having traveled to many parts of the world, including China, Japan, Europe, Hawaii, Australia, and Alaska.
Hilde inspired many during her life—by her intelligence, kindness, beautiful smile, and how fun she was to be with. She and Carl have had wonderful years together traveling, being with family, and enjoying their friends in Boise.
Hilde is survived by her husband Carl, children Nancy Bearg of Washington, DC; Linda (Jack) Flanagan of Columbia, MD; and Larry (Pam) Bearg of Belton, TX. She is also survived by grandchildren Sarah (Ian) Born, Rachel Dyke, Sean Flanagan, Kevin Flanagan, Brandon Bearg, Cayla (Brian) Gearity, Rich (Lisa) Bearg, Scott (Katherine) Bearg; and five great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Hilde's name to the Idaho Youth Ranch or the Idaho Humane Society.
Cloverdale Funeral Home
1200 North Cloverdale Road Boise, ID 83713
Published in Idaho Statesman on June 12, 2014