Suzann Hopper

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Suzann Hopper, 62, of St. Louis, MO, born December 24, 1960, in St. Louis, MO, died peacefully Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at home surrounded by her dear family and friends, following a valiant second battle with breast cancer.

As a toddler, the family moved to Belleville where she attended Cathedral Grade School and Althoff Catholic High School. She continued her education at Jewish Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1983, then went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She enjoyed a 38-year nursing career. Suzann enjoyed being a travel nurse for 5 years and spent her last 15 years with BJC Healthcare. She was proud to have visited 16 countries, but enjoyed most her time galivanting with her dear friends, wading in everyone’s pool, and her time with her cousins in Alabama. There was always Don Julio tequila present when she threw one of her yearly Halloween galas, or anytime you may happen to visit.

Her living motto, hung lovingly in her home was “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming, wow what a ride!”

James and Jude would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to her dear friends Chris, Karen, Sylivia, Linda, and Gina, for the loving care they gave her, and dear friend, Cheri, for her love. We would also like to thank BJC Hospice for their support.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph I. and Doris R., nee Rasp, Hopper; and her sister-in-law, Teresa D. Hopper.

She is survived by her two brothers, James J. Hopper (Melanie) of Brighton, IL and Jude J. Hopper, Sr., of Stonefort, IL;
six nieces and nephews, Rachel B. Hopper, Jude J. Hopper II (Erin), Natalie M. Hopper, Joshua J. (Elisabeth) Hopper, and Jacob J. Hopper;
a great niece, Elliana M. Barcinas;
an aunt and uncle, Ann and Paul Rasp;
an aunt, Bea Hopper;
and many dear cousins and friends.

Memorials may be made to Suzann Hopper Memorial Nursing Scholarship, in c/o the Bank of O’Fallon, P.O. BOX 1626 O’Fallon, IL, 62269. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 8, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2023, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2023, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Kenneth York officiating and Msgr. William Hitpas and Fr. James Thomas concelebrating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


20 Comments on Suzann Hopper

Barcinas Family said : Guest Report Sep 09, 2023 at 7:05 AM

Our deepest condolences to the family especially to Natalie and Ellie. Keeping the family in thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Suzann.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kathy Feist said : Guest Report Sep 08, 2023 at 4:46 PM

My heartfelt condolences to Jude and your family. Wishing you peace and hug’s during this difficult time.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Michelle Casey said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2023 at 2:17 PM

I was in awe of how Suzanne endured with grace and humor. She taught me a great lesson

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Cheri Reno said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2023 at 1:15 PM

What a beautiful soul inside and out. I feel blessed to have shared time with you and make memories with you and your family! You will be missed immensely!

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois
Tammy Winter Pollo said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2023 at 9:25 PM

Suzann was my primary nurse the year I spent in Jewish on the rehab floor back in the mid 80's. I was just a kid & my life had been completely turned inside out & upside down. There were many times she sat with me and showed compassion, patience and brought some humor to otherwise dismal things we dealt with. Her kindness was never forgotten.

  • St Jacob
  • Illinois
Jude Hopper, Sr. said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2023 at 11:11 AM

My heart is broken. No one will truly understand how much I was blessed to have you for my older sister. Give Teresa and mom and those we love in heaven a big hug from me. Till we meet again. I love you with all my heart and miss you dearly.

  • Stonefort
  • Il
Eddie & Teresa Cornell said : Guest Report Sep 05, 2023 at 9:19 AM

Rest in peace, Suzann. We will always remember you as our caring, witty, smart, beautiful and fun cousin! James, Jude, and family, we are keeping all of you in our prayers.

  • Mobile
  • AL said : Guest Report Sep 03, 2023 at 10:57 AM

So sorry to hear about Suzanne. I remember her from Jewish Hospital and her wonderful smile. Peace🙏

  • St Louis
  • MO
Joe & Kathleen Davis said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2023 at 9:33 AM

So sorry to learn of your loss. Our prayers & thoughts are with all of you. God bless.

  • Linwood
  • Kansas
jean Sturgill & Rose Wottowa said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2023 at 12:33 PM

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Belleville,
  • il
Becky Wottowa Schweiss said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2023 at 9:38 AM

James and Jude, I'm so sorry to hear of Suzann's passing. She was always so full of life and nursing was a true calling for her. I have wonderful memories of Suzann and your mom on Girl Scouting trips. May God wrap his loving arms around your family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Donna Collins said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2023 at 9:17 PM

Heartfelt condolences to your family. Suzann and I were friends at Jewish Nursing School. She was always ready for fun and so fun to be around. I know she continued that same fun and positive attitude through her life.

  • Wildwood
  • Mo
Jeanne M Stewart said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2023 at 5:54 PM

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Suzann... She was a great friend to me at ACHS & will always be remembered for her kind, free spirit! My thoughts & prayers to her Family & Friends. She will be missed. Rest In Peace in God's loving Arms Suzann!

  • Marissa
  • IL
Dana Weh said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2023 at 3:20 PM

James and family, So sorry to hear about your sister - your family remains in my prayers.

  • Trenton
  • IL
Steve Jackson said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2023 at 2:11 PM

James and Family, Our prayers and condolences on the loss of your Sister. Steve & Mary Jackson

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Gina Werner said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2023 at 1:10 PM

I was lucky enough to hang with Suzann both as a travel nurse and as a homegirl. She was the best movie-going, brunch-eating, farkle-playing friend I could ask for. Miss you, babe.

  • Maplewood
  • MO 63143
Mary Hanson said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2023 at 12:19 PM

I was lucky enough to meet Suzann on a travel assignment in New Orleans. We traveled in a pack and had a great time terrorizing the streets of the French Quarter and then returning back to our responsible nursing positions. She was great fun! I was happy to have had a chance to reconnect with Suzann at Gina’s this winter. Despite her illness, you could see her love of life . Peace to Suzann and all her family and friends. She will be remembered

  • Minneapolis
  • MN
Gloria Hall said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2023 at 8:40 AM

Suzann fly to heaven on to doves wing. I love you. Never to forget you. Until we meet again.

  • Brighton
  • Illinois
Cheryl Amann Rasch said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2023 at 8:14 AM

Prayers to your family at this difficult time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jimschmerber said : Guest Report Aug 30, 2023 at 8:39 PM

I was blessed to know Susan and remember all he nights at the coat closet at Scott AFB when she had the honor of babysitting me she will be missed and I pray for your family daily

  • Killeen
  • Texas

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