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Linda Dwyer-Hopfgarten

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Linda Dwyer-Hopfgarten Obituary
Linda A. (Collins) Dwyer-Hopfgarten, age 70, of Kittery, Maine, formerly of Weymouth and Quincy, died peacefully, after a long courageous battle with COPD, Monday, November 14, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. She had lived in Kittery for two years, previously living in Weymouth, Hingham and Framingham, making many friends along the way. Linda was born in Boston on August 10, 1946 to the late Leonard P. and Marguerite E. (OBrien) Collins. She was raised and educated in Quincy and was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1965. Upon graduation she worked for the telephone company and was married in 1968 to become a homemaker and ever-healing mother of four. Her youngest daughter, Stephanie, was born with Down Syndrome and a congenital heart disorder. Linda became a fierce and devoted advocate for her, fighting to ensure the best medical care and educational opportunities. This introduction to the medical world prompted Linda to return to school and, as a single parent, earn her nursing degree from Quincy College in 1991. Linda and her family were immensely proud of this accomplishment. As a registered nurse, she worked at the West Roxbury VA Hospital and later in the operating room at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, retiring in 2008. In 2002 Linda married her longtime partner and love of her life, Rudy Hopfgarten, together they enjoyed spending time at the beach in Westport, Mass. and at their home in Hingham. She loved to travel and took many trips to Europe, Cancun and Florida with family and friends. She was an avid shopper as her granddaughters fondly remember. Linda cherished her role as Nana and enjoyed playing cards and watching movies with her six grandchildren. Beloved wife of the late Rudy C. Hopfgarten. Devoted mother of Suzanne V. Cook and her husband Steven of New Castle, N.H., J. Scott Dwyer of Brockton, Stacey A. Houlihan and her husband Kevin of Lake Oswego, Oregon, and the late Stephanie E. Dwyer. Loving grandmother of Alyssa, Brandon, and Caylie Cook, Grace, Katelynn, and Quinn Houlihan. One of seven siblings, Linda was the dear sister of Ronald Drollett of Plympton, Paula Read, Paul Collins, both of Hanover, and was predeceased by Leonard, Kevin, and Wayne Collins. She is also survived by many nephews, cousins, and friends. Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Friday, Nov. 18, at 9:30 a.m. Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, 720 Broad Street, Weymouth at 10:30 a.m. Visiting hours at the funeral home on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5 | 8 p.m. Interment Braintree Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lindas memory may be made to the Linda A. Hopfgarten Nursing Scholarship Fund at Quincy College, Attn: Tina Cahill, 1250 Hancock St., 7th Floor, Quincy, MA 02169. You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.
Published in The Weymouth News from Nov. 16 to Nov. 30, 2016
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