Born: May 7, 1889, Mil­wau­kee, Wis­con­sin.

Died: Au­gust 2, 1941, Mil­wau­kee, Wis­con­sin.

Buried: Un­ion Ce­me­te­ry, Mil­wau­kee, Wis­con­sin.



Leaving school aft­er eighth grade, Hoppe worked as a ste­no­graph­er in Mil­wau­kee, Wis­con­sin.

She be­gan writ­ing pa­tri­o­tic vers­es in ear­ly child­hood; by age 25, she was writ­ing spi­rit­ual po­et­ry. Some of her po­ems ap­peared in the North­west­ern Lu­ther­an, a pe­ri­od­ic­al of the Wis­con­sin Ev­an­ge­li­cal Lu­ther­an Sy­nod, of which she was a mem­ber.

These came to the at­ten­tion of Dr. Adolf Hult of Au­gus­ta­na Se­mi­na­ry, Rock Is­land, Il­li­nois, who in­flu­enced her to write her Songs for the Church Year (1928). Se­ver­al hym­nals in­clud­ed her work, which was usu­al­ly set to tra­di­tion­al cho­rale me­lo­dies, though she al­so made a num­ber of trans­la­tions.

Hoppe said of her work:

Many of my hymns have been writ­ten on my way to and from church and to and from work. I uti­lize my lunch hours for typ­ing the hymns and keep­ing up cor­res­pon­dence…still I find a min­ute here and there in which to jot down some verse.




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