Frances Josephine Hoopman


Frances Josephine Hoopman


Frances Josephine Hoopman, daughter of Frank and Josephine Haberly Wilson, was born in rural Cresco on Nov. 22, 1913, and died Dec. 27, 2013, at the Good Samitarian Home in West Union, at the age of 100.

After graduation from Cresco High School, she worked at the National Cash department store in Cresco.

On Dec. 13, 1936 she was united in marriage to Gordon John Hoopman in Caledonia, Minn., and they resided in Cresco. Two children were born to this union.  

In 1947 the family moved to Clermont, where Fran became active in the community. She was a member of the West Clermont Lutheran Church, 64-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, PTA, Town and Country Club and bridge club.  She enjoyed being a homemaker, gardening, fishing and quilting at the church. 

After Gordon passed away in 1966, Fran joined the work force as the Home Service Advisor at Interstate Power Company.  She worked 12 years loving her job calling it "the best job I could ever have." She retired in 1979 and enjoyed traveling, visiting almost every state.

On Nov. 22, 2013, she celebrated her 100th birthday and she could not believe her age commenting, "Imagine 100! I am really old!"

     She is survived by her daughter Karen (Paul) Vencill, Cheyenne, Wyo., daughter-in-law Terry Hoopman, Hastings, Minn., two granddaughters and husbands, four great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her husband Gordon, February 1966 and her son Dale, May 27, 2012.

     A memorial service will be held at a later date in Clermont. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the West Clermont Lutheran Church.

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