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Joseph "Joe" B. Hoppe, 92
Of Albany, formerly of Avon
February 2, 1920 ~ December, 22, 2012
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Avon for Joseph B. Hoppe, age 92, of Albany who passed away on Saturday at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany. Rev. Blaine Wasnie O.S.B will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends and relatives may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Avon and also one hour prior to services at the church in Avon on Thursday. St. Benedict parish prayers will be at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Avon.
Joseph Bernard Hoppe was born on February 2, 1920 in Minneapolis to Albert and Katherine (Woebkenberg) Hoppe. He married Veronica Blenker in 1950; she passed away in 1970. In 1973 Joe married Colette Wedl; she passed away in 1989. In 1991 he married Mathilda "Babe" Maile; she passed away in 2009. Joe grew up in rural Albany and attended country school (District 36) and attended Albany High School. He graduated from Dunwoody Institute in April of 1941. Joe owned and operated the Avon Machine Shop for four years, was employed as a Tool and Die maker for DeZurik Corporation and then Rimco Manufacturing of Rice. After retiring he worked part time for the City of Avon where he was mayor from 1958 – 1976. Joe was a member of St. Benedict's Catholic Church, was a 3rd and 4th degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus Council 3628 in Albany, and also of Queen of Peace Assembly in Sauk Centre. He was an Army veteran of WWII, serving in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. Joe was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #428 of St. Cloud, a lifetime member of the Avon American Legion and of the Catholic Order of Foresters for 75 years. He enjoyed traveling with family, hunting trips with family and friends, bee keeping and black and white photography.
Joe is survived by his children, John (Ursula) of Clearwater, Michael (Jodi) of Pequot Lakes and Mary (Chuck) Griffith of Avon; brother-in-law, Elwin Olson of St. Michael; siblings, Raymond (friend Helen) of Little Falls, James (Pat) of Forest Lake, Thomas (Marion) of Young America, Pete (Joyce) of Paynesville, John (Jack) of Shakopee, Elizabeth "Betsy" Hoppe Keep of Plymouth, Daniel (Mary Jane) of Sauk Centre and Louise Hoppe Mermod of San Rafael, CA; grandchildren, Jeffrey Hoppe, Steven (Megan) Hoppe, Christina Griffith, Ellen Griffith, Todd (Jody) Rose, Andrew Rose, Sandra Lange and Tamara Ehrlichman and great grandchildren, Robert, Joseph and Morgan Hoppe. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Cecelia Hoppe Olson; brothers, Jerome (Marguerite) and Cyril (Pat); sister in law, Carol (Voit) Hoppe and brother in law, Jean Mermod.
Memorials are preferred to Mother of Mercy Foundation.
Obituary and Guest Book available online: www.williamsdingmann.com
Williams Dingmann Funeral Homes
107 Avon Avenue South Avon, MN 56310
Published in the St. Cloud Times from Dec. 23 to Dec. 27, 2012