Michael Hoepke

Michael F. Hoepke

June 10, 1952 - March 10, 2013

Michael was a man of many passions: work, family, World Cup soccer, and dreaming about his next adventure. He was a talented chef and hospitality executive who loved food and travel. He left his native Berlin, Germany as a young man in search of a bigger life. Before arriving in the U.S. at the age of 25, he worked in Europe and the Caribbean. A vagabond at heart. He landed in San Francisco by way of Michigan, where he met his wife Kate, Oklahoma, southern California, and New Jersey. He was born in Berlin before it was divided into east and west and wept when it was reunited. Some of his proudest moments were sharing Berlin with his daughters, Christina and Claire. He also enjoyed camping in the redwoods, the 49ers when they were winning, kaffee und kuchen, and rousting his girls out of bed to see the sun come up. He cherished his family and found great joy in their happiness. He expected his daughters to soar, exposing them to a bigger world and challenging them to find their own passions. He gave his family all that he had to give and will be remembered for that. He is survived by his former wife Kate, loving daughters Christina and Claire, his father Heinz and sister Martina of Berlin, Germany, extended families in Germany and the U.S. Friends are invited to a gathering on Saturday March 16th at 1:00 p.m. at 1300 on Fillmore.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 14, 2013