Obituary: Lorene Hoopingarner


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Lorene Hoopingarner, 99 of West Lafayette and formerly of Ossian, went to the next life, being reunited with her husband John and oldest daughter Kay, on Friday morning December 22, 2023 at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus in West Lafayette, IN. After graduating from Salem Center High School in 1942, Lorene became a registered Nurse after attending an RN program at Community Hospital in Battle Creek, MI.  Lorene and John lived their early years of marriage in Ossian, Indiana, where their two daughters were born, living in the house that John had built. Due to a change in John’s career, the family moved to Carmel, Indiana in 1958 and in 1960 built the home where most of their adult lives were spent. Until her retirement, Lorene was a surgical nurse at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville and then at St. Vincent’s in Indianapolis.  She enjoyed reading, golfing with John, sporting events, but most of their time and efforts centered on their family. After retirement, Lorene and John wintered in Sarasota, Florida, close to their daughter Kay.  When back in Carmel, they played a leading role in the upbringing of their grandson Sean. In 2005, they moved to West Lafayette to be close to their daughter Gail. They first lived at Greentree Patio Homes before moving into Cumberland Health Campus.

Lorene was born on March 14, 1924 in Steuben County, IN a daughter of the late Dale and Esther Butler.

She was united in marriage to John D. Hoopingarner on June 14, 1947 in Steuben County. He preceded her in death on September 16, 2014 after 67 years of marriage.

Survivors include her daughter: Gail (Burk) Thompson; son in law: Larry Combs; three grandsons: Sean (Jamie) Filipow, Trevor Thompson and Brady (Tori) Thompson; three great grandchildren: June, Taylor and Supreya Thompson.

She was preceded in death by her husband John, daughter Kay Combs, a sister Anna Rose and a brother Delmer Butler.

Private Services will take place at a later date at The Tower Life Center in Zanesville, IN.

Interment will be take place in the Hoverstock Cemetery in Zanesville.

Preferred Memorials can be made out to the Wounded Warrior Project sent in care of Myers Funeral Home P.O. Box 403, Markle, IN 46770

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