Mass of Christian Burial for Karen Rae Hoppe, age 76, of Wausa, Nebraska will be
at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in
Bloomfield, Nebraska. Reverend Michael Schmitz and Reverend Tim Podraza will
be Concelebrants with burial in Bloomfield City Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in
Wausa, with a 7:30 p.m. Wake Service.
Karen died Saturday, January 6, 2018, at her home surrounded by her husband and
children after suffering from congestive heart failure for many years.
Karen Rae Bauerly, daughter of Albert and Albertine (Millette) Bauerly, was born
on December 28, 1941, in Des Moines, Iowa. For most of her early years she lived
in Sioux City, Iowa with her parents and siblings. She attended a Catholic
elementary School and attended Heelan High School until her sophomore year
when her parents bought the Commercial Hotel in Wausa, Nebraska. She
graduated from Wausa High School in May of 1960.
Karen married Lawney Hoppe of Magnet, Nebraska on June 25, 1960. They were
blessed with five children, Lora, Jane, Edward, Jeffrey, and Richard. They lived in
a small apartment in the hotel her parents owned until her parents built the Motel in
Bloomfield and moved, then Karen and Lawney took over the managing of the
Karen’s love of children didn’t stop with her own. She babysat for many of the
town’s little ones throughout the years. She also loved to bake. Her specialty was
chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin bread, which anyone who knew her has most
certainly tried them and they are delicious. Her other love was sewing. In the
beginning she would sew clothes for her children, then she started sewing clothes
for others. Karen has even made wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses. As the
years went on, she found her love for embroidering and quilting. She hand-quilted
more blankets and other items than we can count. Every niece and nephew would
receive a quilt for his or her graduation or as a wedding gift. Then when the
grandchildren started arriving she started quilting blankets and things for them.
They also all received a quilt for graduation. Karen even has enough made to give
to the grandchildren who have not graduated yet.
Karen was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Bloomfield, St.
Andrew’s Altar Society, and Christian Mothers. Her love for God was unwavering.
She lived her life honoring him and the Catholic teachings.
Karen is survived by her husband, Lawney of Wausa; her daughters, Lora (Randy)
Rohde of Fordyce and Jane (Dennis) Haselhorst of Osmond; sons, Edward (Missy)
of Osmond, Jeffrey (Ann) of Fremont, and Richard (Brenda) of Osmond;
grandchildren, Chris (Alyce) Rohde, Alex (Amy) Rohde, Kimber (Nick)
Hohenstein, Alissa Haselhorst, Emily (Taylor) Nelson, Amanda (Jarrod) Paulsen,
Emmett Hoppe, Ethen Hoppe, Samantha, Abigail, and Joshua Hoppe, McKayla,
Wyatt, and Sydney Hoppe; great-grandchildren, Bailey Rohde, Tresden and
Brooklyn Rohde, Nox and Lux Paulsen, and Brock Nelson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Albertine Bauerly; brothers,
Keith and Jerry Bauerly; and granddaughter, Shayla Haselhorst.