Norma Louise Hoops, the daughter of Henry and Annetta (Bartels) Graue, was born on August 28, 1928, on the family farm in Republic County, Kansas. She was one of the six children born to her parents. She departed this life on March 29, 2021, at Providence Place in Hastings, Nebraska, at the age of 92 years. She was baptized on September 16, 1928 at St. John Lutheran Church, Chester, NE by Rev. C.A. Reimnitz. She was confirmed at the same church on April 6, 1941, by Rev. O. W. Juengel. She attended District 57 school in rural Republic County, KS and then Chester Public School where she graduated high school. On August 7, 1949, she was united in marriage to Vernon Hoops, at St. John Lutheran Church, Chester, with Rev. E. Hilst officiating. This union was blessed with four children, Patricia, Steven, Michael and Joni. The family lived on a farm in Republic County, Kansas for the first 11 years. They then moved to the family farm in rural Byron, NE where they continued farming until retirement in 1997. Norma taught 3 years in rural schools and was the secretary/bookkeeper for Byron Public School and Chester/Hubbell/Byron Schools for 20 years. She belonged to several church organizations and was a member of the Byron Busy Bees Extension Club. Norma enjoyed quilting, was an accomplished seamstress, square dancing, traveling and attending the grandchildren’s games and activities. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the highlight of her life. In December 2018, Norma moved to Providence Place Memory Care Assisted Living in Hastings, NE where she resided until her death. She loved visits from family and friends. She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband Vernon; son Steven; brother Harlan Graue; sisters Arlene (Wilber) Hoops, Lucille Gerberding (husbands Clarence Meyer and Harold), Donna Harms and Mary Black; brothers/sisters-in-law, Martin (Margery) Hoops, Jackie Hoops, Esther (Henry) Loontjer, Lola (Martin) Kirchhoff, and Dr. Merlin (Elizabeth) Hoops. She is survived by: children, Patricia Hoops of Independence, MO, Michael (Yvonne) Hoops of Byron, NE and Joni (Steven) Woodside of Columbus, NE; daughter-in-law, Karen Hoops of Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Brent (Sarah) Hoops, Jill (Zac) Seidel, Joshua (Melissa) Hoops, Sarah (Tony) Jackson, Kate (Gilbert) Bolivar, Lt. Col. Darren (Jennifer) Woodside, Chelsey (Brandon) Jacobitz, Capt. Dustin (Capt. Sarah) Woodside and Christina Woodside; 19 great-grandchildren, brother-in-law, Bruce Black, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
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