Sister Karen M. Hophan, F.S.P.A., 66, of 4329 132nd St., Chippewa Falls, village of Lake Hallie, died Thursday, November 22, 2012 at her residence after a courageous 4 month battle with cancer.
She was born April 27, 1946 in Plum City, the daughter of Ronald and Lucille (Bechel) Hophan.
Sister Karen worked for 20 years at St. Charles Borromeo Day Care where she was the Co-Director. She also worked for MJ Therapy at the Northern Center for the Developmentally Disabled. Karen taught CCD for 24 years and also was actively involved in the Holy Ghost Youth Group as well as actively involved in the parish. She was a member of Holy Ghost Church. She was also an avid Packer fan and enjoyed watching them.
Sister Karen is survived by her special friend; Sister Donna Snyder of Chippewa Falls, four sisters, Sister Ronalda Hophan of La Crosse, Jan (Norman) Helgren of Rochester, Minn., Joan (Mike) Steffens of Owatonna, Minn. and Kathy (Tom) Cesa of El Cerrito, Calif.; her extended family, Deloris Snyder, Cathy Madson, John Snyder, Tom (Kris) Snyder, Kay (Ted) Lenhart and families all from Storm Lake, Iowa; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends; and her F.S.P.A. community.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held at Noon Tuesday, November 27, at Holy Ghost Church in Chippewa Falls. Rev. Victor Inbaraj will be celebrant of the funeral Mass. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Plum City on Wednesday.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 26 at the Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls. The Ladies of Holy Ghost will recite the rosary at 4 p.m. and there will be a Christian Vigil Service at 6 p.m. both on Monday at the funeral home.
There will also be a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 27 at the Mother House at the St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, with a Prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at St. Rose Convent. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Rose Convent in La Crosse.
Her day care children meant the world to her. She will truly be missed with her genuine giving heart to so many kids, young people and adults. Her smile will be missed as well.
The family would like to thank the following Drs. Dr. Hauer, Dr. Rucker-Keegan, Dr. Basu and Dr. Collin-Adler for all the wonderful care they had given to Sister Karen along with a thanks to all the nurses, aides and staff at Mayo Health Hospitals in Eau Claire and Bloomer. It was truly appreciated.
The family would appreciate memorials in Sister Karen's name to the St. Charles Day Care.
Family and friends may express condolences online at www.horanfuneralhome.com