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Hopkins, John Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Fri. Feb. 28, 2014. Beloved husband for 61 years to Bernice (nee Struttmann). Loving father of John, Michael (Kathy), Carolyn Walsh (Terry), the late Daniel, Barbara Gilbert (Damon), the late Paul, Theresa Garrison (Bob), Mary Morales and fiancé (Mark Meyer), Janet Marty (Jeff), Laura Wheeler (Tom) and Michelle. Wonderful grandfather to his 17 grandchildren, (Chad, Jeremy, Melissa, Tiffany, Nick, Tim, Brett, Laura, Cindy, Jennifer, Sara, Jamie, Jacob, Taylor, Andrew, Dominic and Kalista) and 9 great grandchildren, (Clayton, Zoe, Meghan, Makenzie, Maddie, Gracie, Lily, Mia and Jeremiah). Dear brother of Barbara Aydt (the late Henry), the late James Hopkins (Harriet), the late Vera Hopkins, Joe Gantner (the late Martha), the late Bob Gantner (the late Marge), Dorothy Cody (the late Bob), Tom Gantner (the late Jean), Lee Gantner (Theresa), Ron Gantner (Betty), Jim Gantner (Sandy), the late Dodie Pauley (the late Doug), Ray Gantner (Terry), the late Steve Gantner (Barbara). Brother in law of Lorraine Wilhelm (the late Marvin) and Mel Struttmann (Laveigh). John was born Oct. 28, 1930 in St. Louis to John and Nettie (nee Nickrent) Hopkins. He married his high school sweetheart, Bernice, in 1952. After proudly serving his country in the Korean War, he went to work for the Defensive Mapping Agency. During his tenure working for the government and while helping raise his children, he went on to get his undergraduate degree in 1963 at St. Louis University. Later he received a masters degree in 1964 from Yale University and a second masters degree from MIT in 1976. He was an original and long time member of St. Norbert Catholic Church and had the distinction to be the first Eucharistic Minister of his parish as well as served as one of the religious instructors for the parish school of religion. Upon his retirement, he loved to remind us that he was a substitute teacher in the Hazelwood School District. John served as the chaplain to his Korean War Veteran chapter. He was most proud of his beautiful and devoted wife, as well as his children and grandchildren. He spent many hours watching them perform their music, sports and academic activities. He will be most remembered for his sweet and outgoing personality as well as his funny and interesting storytelling. Services: Memorial Service at Meramec Bluffs, 1 Meramec Bluffs Dr., Ballwin MO 63021 . Saturday, March 22 at 10 a.m.

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Mar. 9, 2014
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