Elizabeth Hohnberger Hopkins
Bernice Elizabeth Hohnberger Hopkins passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 89 on September 20, 2015. She was born March 7, 1926, in Marinette, to the late George and Hazel Hohnberger.
She was preceded in death by her sister Dorothy; brothers Elmer and Donald; and grandsons Shane Stratton and Pericles Flessas.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Arthur S. Hopkins, and children Kerry Stratton, Arthur Hopkins Jr. (wife ChuCha) and Susan Neuhofer (husband Robert). She is also survived by four grandchildren, Vincent Stratton, Dawn Stratton Hobbs (husband Billy Bob), Hee-Jeong (Jennifer) Hopkins Queen (husband Patrick), and Seong-Cheol (Charlie) Hopkins (wife Karolina); five great-grandchildren, Patience and Paxton Hobbs, Nevaeh Stratton (mother Kari Lynn), and Pyren and Harmon Queen; two step-grandchildren, Ashley and Tyler Neuhofer; and two nieces, Linda Hohnberger Birchell and Debbie Hohnberger. B, as she is known to her friends and family, was an accomplished artist. From her days as a little girl drawing on her kitchen blackboard to her school years when she was dubbed poster champion into her adult life where she became a master pastelist, winning awards around the United States, B taught others to see beauty in the world around them. Her work has been exhibited in Florida, New York, Virginia, Wisconsin, Illinois, at the Societe Des Pastellists De France (Lille, France) and elsewhere.
After moving to Panama City Beach, Fla. (1984-2004), both B and Art were active in the Panama Art Association (FL) and in restoring the building which houses the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida in Panama City, Fla.
Art Hopkins was the love of Bís life. Together they raised three children, where Bís creative flair extended itself to Halloween costumes, holiday displays, and warm and loving homes ó two of which she designed. B also had a lifelong passion for music, playing the piano, and passing this love on.
She was active in whichever church she was a member, often doing various artwork, banners, decorations, etc. for the church.
She and Art traveled across the country, to Canada, Europe, South Korea, Hawaii, Hong Kong and even a brief trip into the Peopleís Republic of China. She saw the Milwaukee Braves win a World Series and the Green Bay Packers win numerous championships. B was a warm, generous soul, with a love of life and family and a person seldom to experience anger. She was a wonderful, loving wife and mother who instilled good, core values in her children, and an attitude to be yourself, follow your dreams and always try to do the right thing. B will be greatly missed and loved forever. There will be a memorial service for B on Saturday, October 17, at 2pm at Faith Springs Presbyterian Church in Pewaukee.
For those wishing to honor Bís memory, we ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to: Faith Springs Presbyterian Church USA, N13-W228771 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072; AngelsGrace Hospice, N74-W35908 Servantsí Way, Oconomowoc, WI 53066; or the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida, 19 E. 4th St., Panama City, FL 32401.