Marie A. Hopkins

Marie A. Hopkins

September 12, 1926- August 4, 2022

Age 95. She was preceded in death by her husband, L. Wallace “Wally” Hopkins; daughter, Karen Hopkins Hald. Marie is survived by her daughters, Susan Leahy (Mike), Jennifer Mangan (Jeff); grandchildren: Christopher Leahy (Lindsay), Elizabeth Leahy Zahm (Brian), Nicholas Griffin (Jessica), Rachel Guinane (Mitch), Colin Hald, Megan Hald; nine great-grandchildren.

VISITATION: Tuesday, August 9th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  VISITATION: Wednesday, August 10th from 9:30am to 10:30 am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive, followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10:30am.  Family Interment: Resurrection Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Marie Agnes Brown was born on September 12, 1926, to Peter Emmett Brown and Anna Svoboda Brown in Spooner, Wisconsin. At the age of 5, she moved from the Wisconsin farm with her parents and younger brother, Joseph, to Omaha, Nebraska. There her parents sought and found work in the midst of the Great Depression. While her mother, Anna, worked in the Omaha packing houses and her father Peter worked as a salesman; Marie, at a very young age, found her calling as a nurturer as she looked after younger brother Joe.

Marie attended Assumption Catholic grade school in her childhood years. She attended Omaha South High School where she excelled academically and was named a National Merit Society member. She was named Queen of Achievement and earned a scholarship to Omaha University. At Omaha South High she also met Wallace Hopkins. Both performed in South High’s Acapella choir. Marie and Wally would later marry in the wake of World War II, and Marie held various jobs while supporting her husband’s burgeoning law school career.

Marie Brown and Wallace Hopkins were married on December 18, 1948. Their union saw the birth of three daughters: Susan (1949), Karen (1952), and Jennifer (1961). Marie is described as a quiet, humble, and duteous homemaker and mother. She dedicated her life to her family in the same manner that she had scrupulously dedicated herself to her challenges earlier in her life. Her loving and giving legacy lives in the hearts of all who knew her.


1 Condolence

  • Kitty (Fitzgerald) Lillethorup Posted August 9, 2022 11:58 am

    My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. I knew Jennifer from Holy Cross Grade

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