Albert “Jack” Hoppenjans, Jr.

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Albert John Hoppenjans, Jr., “Jack”, of Belleville, Illinois passed peacefully from this life on November 15, 2021, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  He was 84 years old.

Jack was born on February 13, 1937, to Winifred, nee Lundy, and Albert Hoppenjans, Sr. in East St. Louis, Illinois. He graduated from Assumption High School, East St. Louis in 1955 and married his high school sweetheart, Jeanette, nee Andres, Hoppenjans on December 26, 1959. Jack honorably served his country in the United States Army from 1959 to 1964. In 1960, he began his career with Turner Electric Corporation as a Design Engineer.  After 44 years, Jack retired as President of the company on April 16, 2004. He was a longtime parishioner of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Belleville, Illinois. Known by his closest friends as “Hoppy”, his love of family and passion for boating was second to none.  There were to be no activities (including daughters’ weddings) planned between Memorial Day and Labor Day, as those summer weekends were reserved for the lake.  “Family time” on the water was instilled in and passed onto his daughters and their families.  After his retirement in 2004, Jack enjoyed escaping the cold Midwest winters and spending those months in Fort Myers, Florida with Jeanette.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Winifred and Albert Hoppenjans Sr.; in-laws, Otto “Andy” and Bernice Andres; and a brother-in-law, Terry Andres.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of almost 62 years, Jeanette Hoppenjans; three daughters, Julia (Don) Miller of Belleville, Illinois, Jeanna (John) Dwyer of Plano, Texas, and Jill (Rick) Rozycke of Freeburg, Illinois; grandchildren, Ryan (Jill) Miller of Belleville, Illinois, Jason (Megan) Miller of Edwardsville, Illinois,  Brandon (Melissa) Miller of Swansea, Illinois, Kelsey (Caten) Hyde of Austin, Texas, Alec Dwyer of Plano, Texas, Jordan Dwyer of Plano, Texas, Derrick (fiancée Madelyn Lybarger) Rozycke of Smithton, Illinois,  Brett Rozycke of Freeburg, Illinois and Tyler Rozycke of Freeburg, Illinois; great-grandchildren, Grayson Miller, Grady Miller, Sullivan Miller and Baby Boy Miller (due May, 2022), Reese Hyde and Leighton Hyde; a sister, Terry (Norman) Kastner of Belleville; two sisters-in-law, Kathy (Richard) Pucci of Monroe Township, New Jersey and Edie Andres of Benton, Illinois; and several beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research or to the Special Olympics. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9:00 to 10:45 am Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.  Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing will be observed.

Funeral:  A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Burial with military honors will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, Illinois.


9 Comments on Albert “Jack” Hoppenjans, Jr.

Bill and Pat Biehl said : Guest Report Nov 22, 2021 at 7:50 AM

We were sorry to here of Jack's passing. Always enjoyed seeing him after church and his smile and warm greeting. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Kate and Paul DeMay said : Guest Report Nov 21, 2021 at 6:58 PM

Paul and I are so saddened to learn of Jack’s passing. We remember the great times we had as dockmates in Pier 11 at Green Turtle Bay. We will always remember his big smile. Thoughts and prayers winging your way Jeanette and family. Kate and Paul DeMay

  • Lebanon
  • Illinois
ALLEN WIGGINS NARFE CHAP 1019 said : Guest Report Nov 21, 2021 at 1:23 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980. .,

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Dale & Luann Toennies said : Guest Report Nov 21, 2021 at 10:39 AM

We are truly sorry to learn of the passing of our dear neighbor. Unbelievably, we did not hear about it until Friday from someone outside of the neighborhood. We know you have a large family, Jeanette, but please call on us if you need anything.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report Nov 20, 2021 at 5:49 PM

Dear Family, what a kind sweet man he has been to so many folks. Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Doug Stark said : Guest Report Nov 20, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Jeanette,Girls&family so sorry to hear of Jacks passing, he will be missed All our love Doug&Gerrianne

  • Hagersville
  • Ontario. Canada
Doug Stark said : Guest Report Nov 20, 2021 at 3:54 PM

Jeanette,Julia, Jenna, Jill,&families. You will never know how sad I am to hear of Jacks passing even as I know he is in a better place as neighbour &friend in Ft Myers he was the best &is &will be missed all our love , its Miller Time. Doug &Gerrianne

  • Hagersille
  • Ontario Canada
Beverley Ann Erwin said : Guest Report Nov 19, 2021 at 7:45 PM

Although I never met Jack, I know you had a wonderful marriage and three beautiful daughters. I am so glad I can call you friend and my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Aviston
  • Illinois
R. David Rittenhouse said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2021 at 5:09 PM

Jack is truly a friend, a mentor, a leader and a man of God. He shared his wisdom, his respect for others and his love for family. He will always hold a place of honor in my heart. Thank you Jack for always being you. Thank you Jeanette you are a compliment to Jack and he to you.

  • Shattuc
  • Illinois

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