Born: May 7, 1889, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Died: August 2, 1941, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Buried: Union Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Leaving school after eighth grade, Hoppe worked as a stenographer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
She began writing patriotic verses in early childhood; by age 25, she was writing spiritual poetry. Some of her poems appeared in the Northwestern Lutheran, a periodical of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, of which she was a member.
These came to the attention of Dr. Adolf Hult of Augustana Seminary, Rock Island, Illinois, who influenced her to write her Songs for the Church Year (1928). Several hymnals included her work, which was usually set to traditional chorale melodies, though she also made a number of translations.
Hoppe said of her work:
Many of my hymns have been written on my way to and from church and to and from work. I utilize my lunch hours for typing the hymns and keeping up correspondence…still I find a minute here and there in which to jot down some verse.
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