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Funeral Sermons for Wilma and Lester Hopp: March 6 & March 23, 2018

In late February and early March of 2018, our congregation lost a dear couple. Wilma and Lester Hopp died within two weeks of each other. Here are the sermons for the funerals. Please remember their families in your prayers.


Matthew 11:27-30:
27″All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28″Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

SERMON THEME: Lord, to Whom Shall We Go?
I. In a puzzling and troublesome time
II. We can turn only to Jesus for comfort


Wilma Jean Hopp (Larsen) Wilma was born March 27, 1944, in Iola WI. She resided most of her life in Manawa, WI. she was married to Lester Hopp at St. Peters Lutheran in Weyauwega, WI on March 29, 1985. They enjoyed 33 years together. She enjoyed making rag rugs and was a successful vendor at the Appleton Farm Market for many years. Wilma was an active parishioner of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stephensville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver L. and Vera E Larsen and a brother James R, and a niece Cheryl L Larsen. She is survived by her husband of 33 years Lester Hopp, 3 brother’s, Gerald (Ben) of Bowie, TX, Jack (Sue) Larsen of Springfield, IL, Joel (Amy) Larsen of Weyauwega, WI, nieces, nephews and friends.
She was a former resident of Stephensville and was a resident of The Bridges of Appleton for the past year and a half, On February 22, 2018, the Lord called her home after a brief illness. Her body awaits the resurrection of the dead on the last day.


Isaiah 55:8-12:
8“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. 9“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. 12You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

SERMON THEME: In All that Has Happened Here…
I. We see God’s plan
II. We rejoice in his blessings


Lester Hopp was born on June 16, 1934, in Clintonville, Wisconsin. He became a child of God through the waters of holy baptism and was confirmed in the faith.
He graduated from Clintonville High School in 1952. He worked for WE Energies for many years before he retired.
Lester was an active member of St Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stephensville, Wisconsin.
Lester is survived by his brother, Butch (Kathy) Hopp of Clintonville, Wisconsin; three sisters, Jeanette Lasso of Racine, Wisconsin, Betty Cordry of St. Louis, Missouri, Edna Frank of Neenah, Wisconsin, and Jean Hangartner of Marion, Wisconsin; three brothers-in-law, Joel, Jack and Ben Larsen along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. Two weeks before his death, he was preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Wilma. He was also preceded in death by his parents Paul and Alma, and his brother Edward.
Lester was called home suddenly in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 10, 2018. His body awaits the resurrection of all the dead on the last day.

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