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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Erwin Hoppe, 95, of Gaines, PA

Erwin Hoppe, 95, of Gaines, PA, died Friday, May 22, 2009, at the Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro, PA.

Born June 3, 1913 in Carter Camp, PA, he was a son of the late Eugene and Phoebe Mae (Baker) Hoppe. He was married to the former Dorothy Foster, who predeceased him on January 9, 2002.

Mr. Hoppe was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during World War II. He worked at the Westfield Tannery, and then for Fontonella Construction, and retired as the caretaker for the Galeton Cemetery Association in 2000. Erwin greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are a son, Junior E. (Nancy) Foster, Gaines; a daughter, Mabel L. (Earl) Short, Gaines; three brothers, Robert (Mary) Hoppe, Harrison Valley, PA, Fred Hoppe, Sabinsville, PA, and Herman (Nancy) Hoppe, Stanton, VA; a sister, Ethel Hoppe, Carter Camp; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and his parents, Erwin was predeceased by a son, William Foster; three brothers, Howard, Carl and Donald; and four sisters, Edna, Clara, Velma and Helen.

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton on Monday, May 25, 2009, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. with a Funeral Service following at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. David K. Shultz will officiate. Interment will be in West Hill Cemetery.

Military Rites will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gale Hose Ambulance Association.

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