Bill Hopper follow-up (from his family)
Dear Friends of Bill (and Mollie) Hopper,
We are sorry to have to tell you that our father died this past Monday, December 12th, nine days before his 86th birthday on December 21st.
Many of you know that he had been suffering from COPD for several years, and often his breathing was quite difficult. He contracted pneumonia after he had been taken to the hospital for an unrelated health problem a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately he had seen each of his three daughters very recently. Laura and Katie were with him on Thanksgiving, Jane was able to see him for a couple of days after he was moved from the hospital to a skilled nursing facility, and Mary Ann and Mark arrived to see him the day before he died.
Our parents had many friends and we know that their friendships with all of you gave them great joy and comfort. Bill and Mollie loved to keep in touch with all of you and to visit (and be visited) whenever they could.
There will be a memorial service for our dad on Saturday, January 21st at 3:00 p.m. at Westminster Gardens in Duarte, California. There will also be a second memorial service at Louisville Seminary in early February when his ashes are interred with our mom’s in the seminary’s memorial garden.
In lieu of flowers, we would appreciate memorial gifts to any of three organizations that our dad valued very highly – Louisville Seminary, the overseas mission of the Presbyterian Church, or Westminster Gardens, the wonderful community where Bill and Mollie lived for 15 years following their retirement.
The addresses are listed below.
Thank you all very much for your friendship with our parents. They were always very grateful for the part that you played in their lives. There is a recent photo of our mom and dad at the end of this email, with the photo file attached.
Mary Ann Kearns
Memorials may be sent to:
- Louisville Seminary
Mr. Dale Melton
1044 Alta Vista Rd.
Louisville, KY 40205
PO Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
make the check out to PC(USA) and write on the memo line E864015-World Missions
- Westminster Gardens
1420 Santo Domingo Ave.
Duarte, CA 91010