Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Arthur J. Hopfer, 86, of Freeport and formerly of Lake Henry, was July 1 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Lake Henry. 

Art passed away peacefully at home, with family by his side, June 27, 2022. The Rev. Glenn Krystosek officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Art was born April 16, 1936, in Lake Henry Township to the late Leonard and Lauretta (Kraemer) Hopfer. After completing eighth grade, Art stayed at home and helped on the family farm. He married Rosella Sand Nov. 5, 1957, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich, and they farmed near Lake Henry. Rosella passed away in 1993. Art married Jean (Thull) Solsrud July 27, 2002, in Lake Henry. They lived in rural Freeport, and Art continued to farm, helping his sons. 

He was a member of St. Margaret’s Parish in Lake Henry, St. Joseph’s Society, Catholic Order of Foresters and the Lake Henry Lions. He served on the Lake Henry Fire Department for 26 years and was fire chief 17 years.

Art loved farming, baseball and dancing. He was active with the Lake Henry Lakers all of his life, playing, coaching and cheering on his sons and grandsons.  

He is survived by his wife of almost 20 years, Jean; children Liza Kampsen, Dan (Mary), Ruthie (Mike) Hopfer-Wensmann, Pete, Tom, Kaye (Dave) Vig, Jim and Milissa (Andy) Schmidt; step-children David Solsrud, Robert Solsrud and Paul Solsrud; sister-in-law Arlana Langner; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosella, in 1993; grandsons, Michael Kampsen and John Vig; daughter-in-law Vicki Hopfer; granddaughter Angie Hopfer; and siblings Laura Eickhoff, Bill Hopfer and Bill Langner.

Memorials are preferred.

A heartfelt thank you to St. Croix Hospice.

Arrangements were with Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home, Paynesville.

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