Hopp, Dorothy Gade

Hopp, Dorothy Gade

November 6, 1916 – November 21, 2017
Age 101 of Minneapolis. Having celebrated her 101st birthday, joyfully surrounded by adoring fans, she left on her own terms, dying gracefully of old age. She will be missed and always remembered. Born Dorothy Louise Gade, November 6, 1916, on a farm in Seward NE, she grew up hard working, active, inventive and artistic. She drove tractors, helped harvest, cooked for threshers and sewed a closet full of dresses. At U of NE in Lincoln her eyes were opened to cultural pursuits, classical music and interior design. She graduated with Foods & Nutrition and Interior Design majors. She met Ralph Hopp at a dance in 1938 and they married on June 8, 1941. After travels for Ralph’s studies they settled in St. Anthony Park. They enjoyed a happy life of Colorado skiing, tennis leagues, canoe trips, golf, dancing, music and entertaining – and raising three kids (Caroline 1944, Tom 1948, Susan 1951). Summers were spent car camping and at their cabin in Amery WI. The family spent 1962-63 in Ankara, Turkey. Dorothy was active in organizations including the U of M Faculty Women’s Club, where she was President 1973-74. Dorothy’s life-long passion for interior design was evident in her lovely homes full of Oriental rugs, and paintings and treasures gathered from Turkey and world travels. Asked late in life what her profession was she replied, “I make things beautiful.” She did indeed. She is survived by son Thomas (Lorraine), daughter Susan (Karl Schweikart), and grandsons Brian Hopp and Colin Schweikart. Preceded in death by husband Ralph (2003), daughter Caroline (1963), brother Donald Gade and sister Josephine Stoner. Private services will be held. Her ashes will be buried alongside Ralph’s at Osage Church in Cook NE. (Published in the Pioneer Press on November 26, 2017).