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Ruth Ann Hopper

august 4, 1925 – june 7, 2024

Ruth Ann Hopper

Ruth Ann Hopper, a beloved member of the community, peacefully passed away on June 7, 2024, at the age of 98, in her daughter’s home in West Hills, CA. She was born on August 4, 1925, in Miamitown, Ohio, to Walter and Louise Zoellner (nee Fuchs).

Ruth dedicated her life to serving the Arts industry, working tirelessly at the Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet Costume Departments. Her passion and commitment led her to become a Union Business Representative for Local 864, the Theatrical Wardrobe Union, where she faithfully served for nearly 35 years. Ruth’s love for life extended beyond her work; she took pleasure in shopping, supporting the Cincinnati Reds, playing dominoes, and partaking in backyard picnics.

Having a rich history in sports, Ruth proudly captained her high school basketball team and cherished the time she spent engaging in golf and other recreational activities. She cherished her time spent with her husband, Roy Hopper, a brave US Marine and Silver Star Award recipient, whom she adored. Together, they enjoyed going on cruises and gatherings with friends and family.

Ruth will be deeply missed by her son, Joe (Dana) Hopper, and daughter, Deborah Hopper. She is survived by her grandson, Ryan (Lara) Hopper, and granddaughter, Carlye (Kevin) Enzweiler, as well as her great-grandchildren, Ariel Hopper and Justin Schingledecker. Ruth also leaves behind her brother, Walter (Debbie) Zoellner.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Mildred (John) Benzing, Dorothy Zoellner, Esther (Frank) Hermes, Joann (Mike) Marzigliano, Laverne (Ken) Hartman and her son-in-law, Joel Frank.

Join us as we celebrate the remarkable life of Ruth Ann Hopper at the Arlington Memorial Gardens Lakeside Mausoleum Chapel, 2145 Compton Road, 45231 (follow the red line upon entering the memorial park) on Monday, June 24, 2024. Visitation at 11:00 am. Service at 12:00 pm with burial immediately following.

Let us come together to honor and pay our respects to Ruth, a woman whose vibrant spirit and unwavering dedication touched the lives of many. May her memory live on in our hearts as we celebrate the life she lived so fully.

Donations can be made in the memory of Ruth’s life to one of the following: Cincinnati Opera https://www.cincinnatiopera.org/support, Shriners https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/, or Tunnel to Towers https://t2t.org/.



Monday, June 24, 2024 at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens Lakeside Mausoleum Chapel


Monday, June 24, 2024 at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens Lakeside Mausoleum Chapel


Monday, June 24, 2024 at 1:00 PM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens

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“Grew up just around the corner on Silva Drive . Wonderful memories of the Hopper family . Life was simple then and families were a ‘village ‘ .”

“So sorry for the family’s loss, What a wonderful woman. She was a important part of my life with lots of great memories. Paul”

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