Obituary: Jane Louise Hoppen
Jane Louise Hoppen, a resident of Brooklyn, NY, and native of Stevens Point, passed away on June 8, 2018, in her home surrounded by her spouse Sharon Morrison and several family members. She fought a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Jane was born on July 30, 1959.
She served our country in the United States Army from 1979 to 1981. During that time she became one of the first female Combat Radar Repairers, was one of few women of that era assigned to a combat battalion, and achieved the rank of Specialist E-4 in under 2 years.
Jane Hoppen grew up in Wisconsin and settled in the New York City area for more than two decades. She worked as a technical writer for the government and the software industry for more than twenty years, Jane had always done fiction and essay writing on the side and has been published in various magazines, including Room of One’s Own, Off Our Backs, and Story Quarterly. For the last 8 years she focused primarily on her fiction. Her first novel, In Between, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and won the Golden Crown Literary Society “Goldie” Award for Debut Author. She has also published a novella, The Man Who Was Not, and her last novel, The Northwoods, was just published in March 2018.
Jane was a wonderful, caring person, always looking out for the less fortunate. She was a friend to countless people no matter race, religion, sexual preference, social or income status. Jane will be greatly missed.
Jane is preceded in death by her parents, Jacqueline and William, infant brother Karl, and beloved cousin, George Hanson. She is survived by her spouse, Sharon Morrison; her aunt Mary Falkavage; 5 siblings Kurt Hoppen, Peg (William) McCombie, Peter (Susie) Hoppen, George (Elizabeth) Hoppen, and Erich (Samantha) Decker-Hoppen; 8 nieces and nephews who loved her dearly: Adam McCombie, Nicholas McCombie, Jacob Hoppen, Alicia Hoppen, William Hoppen, Kurina Hoppen, Samuel Hoppen, and Jonathan Hoppen.
Jane’s life will be celebrated in late July at Prospect Park, Brooklyn, followed by a raucous party at the nearby Double Windsor bar. Her funeral and internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, in September, in honor of her service to our country.
Our thanks go out to the nurses, staff, and doctors at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital in Manhattan and the Calvary Hospice nurses and staff.