Linda J. Hoppe

CEYLON – Celebration of Life services for Linda J. Hoppe, 65, of Ceylon, formerly of Trimont, will be 11 a.m. Monday at Waverly Lutheran Church, rural Trimont, Minn., with Pastor Gerald Giese officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery, Fairmont, Minn.

Linda was called to her eternal rest on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 27, 2013, from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident west of Fairmont. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Kramer Family Funeral Home, Trimont, and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

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Linda Jean Janssen was born Sept. 16, 1947, to Herman and Mary (Stedman) Janssen in Wadena, Minn. She was baptized on June 19, 1948, at the Lutheran church in Nimrod, Minn., and later confirmed at the Lutheran Church in Marble, Minn. Linda was a 1965 graduate of Greenway High School in Coleraine, Minn. She then was employed in the office at Railway Motors in Fairmont, First National Bank, Fairmont Foods, Peerless Cleaners and the Yarn Shop all in Fairmont. On July 6, 1968, she was united in marriage to Virgil Spiegeler at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fairmont, Minn. After their marriage, they lived in Fairmont and owned and operated Spur Gas Station. Virgil died Oct. 7, 1985. On June 20, 1987, she was united in marriage to Dennis Hoppe at Waverly Lutheran Church in rural Trimont. After their marriage, they lived in rural Trimont, where they raised animals of all sorts. They later moved into Trimont. Linda was employed at Peaceful Family Products in rural Trimont, COR in Sherburn and together with Dennis owned and operated Crafts and More Shop in Trimont. In 1993, she obtained her real estate license and worked under Les Peterson. She later was a Realtor for Krueger Realty in Fairmont and later obtained her broker license. Together with Dennis, they opened Countywide Real Estate in Fairmont, and operated it until selling it to Lee Porter in 2010. She remained on staff.

Linda was a member of Waverly Lutheran Church. She was involved in many community events and enjoyed helping others. She was a member of Trimont Chamber of Commerce, where she served in many positions and at many events. Linda also volunteered at the Salvation Army in Fairmont and the Historical Society in Trimont, where she served on its board. If you needed anything, she would be there. She greatly enjoyed reading, listening to music, going up north, watching old movies, day camping and traveling and visiting with her family and friends. She had a love for animals especially her miniature sheltie dogs.

As we come together to celebrate the life of Linda Hoppe, we must remember she passed on doing what she loved. In her many glorious years, she started a family, ran a business and a marriage with Dennis Hoppe, her husband, of Trimont-Ceylon, Minn.; one daughter, Melanie (Eric) Muller of Ceylon, Minn.; one son, Roger Spiegeler/Kim Marlin of Ceylon; step-son, Todd Hoppe/Angela Bursel of Fairmont, step-daughter, Wanita Hoppe of Fairmont; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruth Pavich and Judith Nielsen both of Sherburn, Wendy (Dennis) Beaulieu of Babbit, Minn., Penny (Tom) Claussen of Sherburn and Sharon (Doyle) Moeller of rural Dunnell; step-father, Paul Groskreutz of Sherburn; brothers-in-law, John (Adele) Hoppe of Gardnerville, Nev., Curt (Darlis) Hoppe of rural Trimont; sister-in-law, Pam (Dennis) Faber of rural Sherburn; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her first husband, Virgil Spiegeler; nephew, David Pavich and other relatives.