June 29, 1917 — December 29, 2017
Irmgard Auguste Hooper, 100, of Albany, passed away Friday, December 29 at her home.
She was born Irmgard S. Siemsen, the third of five children born to Herman and Auguste (Hartwig) Siemsen in Roundup, Montana. She attended small, country schools in Montana and Idaho until enrolling at Granger Academy in the Yakima, Washington area. She graduated there and continued her education at Walla Walla College (WWC), obtaining her degree in modern languages in 1944.
While attending WWC, her older brother introduced her to John “Jack” Hooper. He and Irmgard were married on her parents’ farm in Idaho on September 3, 1944. She returned to WWC and taught languages there while Jack continued his education.
After his graduation in 1953, Irmgard taught modern languages for many years to academy students across the country — Auburn Adventist Academy in Washington state, Maplewood Academy in Minnesota, Walla Walla College Academy/Walla Walla Valley Academy in southeast Washington, Jefferson Academy in Texas, Sheyenne River Academy in North Dakota, Campion Academy in Colorado and Rio Lindo Adventist Academy in California.
After retirement, she joined her husband Jack on two years of mission service to Hawaiian Mission School and on a mission trip to Africa.
An avid homemaker, Irmgard always had a large garden and froze and canned the produce that wasn’t eaten fresh by the family.
Most summers would find the family traveling by car around the nation to explore parts as yet unseen – that is, when Jack and Irmgard weren’t working on their masters’ degrees. In 1967, they were the first married couple to earn their masters’ degrees in the same graduation ceremony at Walla Walla College.
She also enjoyed birding, flowers (particularly roses), traveling, collecting sand and commemorative plates from around the world, as well as cook books.
Irmgard’s son, Clyde, died unexpectedly in 2002, and in 2005 Jack, her lifelong companion, closed his eyes to rest until Jesus’ return.
After reaching the advanced age of 90, Irmgard fell in love with Jesus all over again and chose to be rebaptized – because, as she put it, “Now I know what it means.”
She was also preceded in death by her four siblings; a niece and a nephew.
Irmgard’s surviving family includes her daughter, Jeanie and Daniel Reed of Albany; daughter-in-law, Carol Hooper of Grants Pass, Oregon; grandchildren, Kristelle (Reed) James of College Place, Washington, L. Kelly Reed of Riverside, California, and Jared Hooper of Corpus Christie, Texas; 11 nieces and nephews; 19 great-nieces and nephews; and 15 great-great-nieces and nephews.
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