Mass of Christian burial celebrating the life of Paul “Saul” Frank Hoppe Jr., age 73 of Albany will take place at 11AM Monday, February 17th 2014 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Father Cletus Connors OSB will officiate, and burial will take place on Friday at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Paul died peacefully at the Assumption Nursing Home in Cold Spring surrounded by his family after a brief battle with cancer. There will be a visitation for Paul from 4-8PM Sunday, February 16th 2014 at Seven Dolors and again from 10AM until the time of the service Monday morning once again at the church. Parish prayer will take place at 7:30PM Sunday evening at the church. Arrangements are being made with the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home of Albany.

Paul “Saul” Hoppe Jr. was born July 19th 1940 to Paul Sr. and Alvina (VanHeel) Hoppe in Albany. He married Eileen Zenner on June 15th 1963 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. Paul was a proud serviceman serving in the Marines and Navy for over twenty years. His time in the service took him to Japan, Florida, California, and Virginia where he then retired as an Aviation Ordinance Chief. After his time in the service, Paul worked for Master Mark Plastics as the Plant Manager for 30 plus years before retiring. Paul loved the simple things in life including his trips to the casino, watching his beloved Twins and Vikings, and the time he got to spend at work. What Paul loved most in his life though was his family. He especially cherished every moment he got to spend with grandkids.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of fifty years Eileen Hoppe, Albany; his children Craig (Barbara) Hoppe, Mazeppa, MN; Beth (Ryan) Huber, St. Cloud; his grandchildren Allegra, Rowan, Caden, Harrison, Lily; his siblings Annette Frericks, Mount Iron, MN; Ken Hoppe, Albany; Judy “Macy” (Bernie) Simacek, Lonsdale; Robert Hoppe, St. Anna; Kathy “Nippy” (Don) Haines, Roseville; Sharon “Scotty” Linn, Albany; Debby (Tim) Linn, Freeport; Don (Lois) Hoppe, Mechanicsville, MD; Ron (Nancy) Hoppe, Morton, IL; Carol (Roger) Job, Freeport; and his cats Cookie and Reeses.

He is preceded in death by his parents Paul Sr. and Alvina Hoppe and his brother LeRoy “TeeDee” Hoppe.