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Barbara Louise Hoppe

February 5, 1945 — March 15, 2021

Barbara  Louise Hoppe (Gilbert), 76, a resident of Gillette,  Wyoming, entered eternal life on Monday, March 15, 2021 at Campbell County Hospital in Gillette from respiratory failure; her loving husband of 56 years, Virgil, was at her bedside at the time of her passing. Barbara was born on February 5, 1945 in Portland, Maine, to Ivan and Virginia Gilbert (Clark). She spent her primary schooling in Freeport, Maine. Virgil and Barbara were married in Bruinswick, Maine on February 11, 1967. Virgil joined the Air force and they traveled to numerous Air force bases until they finally found a home in Fairbanks, Alaska where Virgil and Barbara spent their next 30 years. In her career she worked in retail sales as a Nordstrums retail sales associate and a Tananna Chiefs conference clerk. After retiring in 2005, they moved to Mellen, Wisconsin where they remained until 2011, at which time they relocated to Gillette, Wyoming.  She loved to sing, dance and listen to music. With the voice of an angel she would light up the room with her melody and her spirit. She also enjoyed hunting and competition shooting with her husband Virgil. She was a wonderful mother; a loving wife and she was very dedicated to her faith. She had a smile that would light up a room and a big heart full of kindness and love. She lived and enjoyed life to the fullest. She is dearly missed by her husband Virgil and her many family members and friends. She is survived by her husband Virgil Hoppe and her sons John Hoppe and Sean Hoppe as well as her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will have a funeral mass on March 19, 2021 at 11am, at the St. Mathews Catholic Church in Gillette, WY. Cremation services were taken care of by Gillette Memorial Chapel. Interment of Barbara’s ashes will be in the possession of Virgil Hoppe, alongside her deceased son Daniel Hoppe. A special thanks to the fine doctors, nurses and medical staff at Campbell County Hospital for their care and attentiveness towards Barbara’s needs during her stay there. “My life has been full, I’ve savored much, / Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch, / Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, / Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief, / Lift up your hearts and share with me, / God wanted me now, He set me free.” Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain time)

St. Matthew's Catholic Church

900 Butler-Spaeth Rd, Gillette, WY 82716

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