Yolanda “Lonnie” Hoeper


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Lonnie Hoeper

Yolanda “Lonnie” Marie Hoeper of Kent, Wash., died on June 27, 2022, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 87.

Lonnie was born in Newport, Wash., to Francis and Helen Swartz. She married the love of her life, Paul Hoeper, in Oct. 15, 1955. They had three children, Katrina, Eric and Cristina. Lonnie and the kids enjoyed a nomadic lifestyle, living in Washington, Florida, California, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming as a result of Paul working for Boeing. She was a loving, fiercely independent mother who adored her kids, grandchildren and AFS daughter Vanessa Gower, who lives in Dubbo, NSW, Australia.

Lonnie is preceded in death by her husband Paul, brother Laurie Swartz, sister Teresa Swartz, both parents and granddaughter Brigit McHugh. She was dedicated to her family, enjoyed working in healthcare and later as a bookkeeper, loved singing in her church choir and Federal Way Chorale, enjoyed cooking and liked maintaining a beautiful yard. She is survived by her daughter Katrina Toole, son Eric Hoeper, daughter Cristina McHugh, and grandchildren Samantha and Thomas Hoeper, and John and Anna McHugh.

A memorial to celebrate Lonnie’s life will be held at St. Stephen the Martyr, in Renton, Wash., Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. In a private ceremony, Lonnie will be buried with her husband in Great Falls, Mont. One of her favorite charitable organizations was Seattle Children’s Hospital – in lieu of flowers, please send donations in her honor. Her family thanks Valley Hospital Social Workers, Concierge Care, Evergreen Hospice, and Kentridge Elderly Living teams for their compassionate care and dedication.

5 Responses to “Yolanda “Lonnie” Hoeper”

  • Duane Wilson says:

    I was living with the Hoeper family for a time and she treated me like I was just another one of her children, nothing but love. I will deeply miss her and was unfortunate to get to see her in years later due to complexities in life. My deepest condolences and support to the Hoeper family and friends. God’s Blessings to the Hoeper family and friends.

  • Carolyn Sordahl says:

    Lonnie was a dear friend beginning with all the
    Moves with the minuteman missile project. She was there for me through thick or thin. She and Paul took my son Brad into their home in Great Falls where he could graduate from
    School. That is just one of the many blessings bestowed to my family. Love you Lonnie Hoeper

  • Andrea Paige says:

    I did Yolanda’s hair color for many years off and on, I always looked forward to our time together, one if the sweetest ladies I’ve known, she will be missed. I’m so sorry for your loss Katrina, Cris,and family!

  • Sheila Truscan says:

    I absolutely loved the fact that I had the opportunity to get to know Yolanda during the time in our salon as her hair colorist for the past few years! We enjoyed sharing favorite recipes from the past and she always asked about my upbringing in a truly genuine way.
    I am so sorry for your loss Cris and Katrina and family.

  • Pamela Averill Huber says:

    Mrs. Hoeper was a second mom to me growing up in the Boeing trailer parks. Her devotion to her husband, family and God made an impression on me in these later years. You will be greatly missed. Love you. Pam

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