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  • Sarah A. Hopson

  • Mrs. Sarah A. Hopson, 81, of 53 S. Main St., Dolgeville, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at her residence, of natural causes.

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  • Mrs. Sarah A. Hopson, 81, of 53 S. Main St., Dolgeville, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at her residence, of natural causes.
    She was born in Johnstown on Feb. 17, 1931, the daughter of Walter and Margaret (Hinds) Wessels. She grew up in Garoga where she attended a one room school house until she transferred to Johnstown High School, where she graduated in the class of 1946. Her marriage to Elton J. Hopson took place on Nov. 28, 1948. Mr. Hopson predeceased her on Sept. 29, 2010.
    Sarah was employed for many years as a secretary for the family business, the Hopson Insurance Company, in Dolgeville. She later was employed by the former Van Allen’s Nursing Home in Little Falls. She was a member of the Dolgeville United Methodist Church, a former member of the Auskerada Chapter Order of Eastern Star and a Girl Scout leader. She was very fond of animals along with many other interests.
    She is survived by a son and his wife, James and Caryl Hopson, of Dolgeville; her daughters, Dr. Laurie Vander Heide, of New Haven, Conn., Catherine  and her husband, Robert Farris, of Litchfield Park, Ariz., Julie and her husband, Larry Pettinelli, of Larchmont; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Walter Wessels, and her sisters, Marion Henry and Betty Alden.
    Memorial services will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church on Helmer Avenue, Dolgeville. Rev. Diane DiLuzio will officiate. Burial will follow in the Dolgeville Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Community Animal Programs, c/o YMCA, 15 Jackson St., Little Falls, NY 13365 or to the Dolgeville United Methodist Church, 21 N. Helmer Ave., Dolgeville, NY 13329.
    The family would like to thank Siri Moore and Sarah’s neighbors at Parkside Court for their kindness and support, along with the S&S Ambulance Corps, the Dolgeville Police Department and Brian Roberts and Harry and Lisa Enea for their prompt response and courtesy.
    A message of sympathy or a remembrance of Sarah may be sent to the family at www.robertsandenea.com.
    Her arrangements are entrusted to Brian A. Roberts of the Roberts & Enea Funeral Home, 3 Faville Ave., Dolgeville.
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