Cleo Jeanette Hopper, 81, of Sweet Home, Oregon passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2020. She was born in American Fork, Utah to Blaine and Neta (Jeffs) Dysinger.
She moved to Portland in 1941 where her father worked at the Oregon Ship Yards. In 1948, she moved to Lyons while her father worked on the Detroit Dam. In 1950, when Cleo was 12, her father passed away. After that, an uncle moved the family to Sweet Home where Cleo resided for 68 years. In 2019, she moved to The Oregon Veterans Home in Lebanon where she passed. The family is so grateful for the magnificent and compassionate care Cleo received at the Lebanon Veterans Home, especially the Delta Wing. Our Angel on Earth is now an Angel in Heaven. She was a very kind soul and loved everyone she met and was loved in return.
Cleo worked hard all her life to support her family, including 27 years as a cook at The Point Restaurant in Foster. She was a member of the Victory Faith Fellowship Church until she was unable to attend. She was thrilled when surrounded by family and friends at family reunions, camping, traveling, taking rides, playing games of any kind, and collecting Angels.
She is survived by: children Cheri Thornbrough of Salem, Teresa Swanson of Cascadia, James Hopper, Jr. of Montana, and Troy Hopper of Albany; sisters Beverly Hutchinson of Lebanon and Judy Markert of Sweet Home; brother Albert Niemi of Sweet Home; ten grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; two great, great grandchildren; and many more who called her Grandma.
Cleo was preceded in death by her parents; husband Franklin Gali in 1968; husband James Hopper, Sr. in 2009; daughter Jeanette Gali Settles; brothers Clinton Dysinger, Lonnie Dysinger, and Donald Edwards; and stepfather Richard Niemi.
A viewing will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 24, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel, and a graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, at Gilliland Cemetery. A Celebration of Life in Cleo’s honor will be held at a later date when the virus is under control.
Anyone wishing to donate can send to Evergreen Hospice in Albany or to Victory Faith Fellowship Church in Foster.
Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.