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St. Peter’s Catholic Church-Si
Saturday, July 5, 2008
10:00 AM

Visitation Information

Jolene Arlana Hopkins, age 37, of Summit, SD journeyed into the spirit world on Tuesday, July 1st 2008 in Sioux Falls, SD after a very unexpected and short illness. Jolene passed away with friends and family by her side. She was born in Sisseton, SD on September 24th 1970, the daughter of Arlan Hopkins and Bernice Grey. Jolene graduated from Waubay High School in 1988. She later attended and graduated from Sisseton-Wahpeton College with an Associates Degree in General Studies. She currently was employed at the gift shop at the Dakota Sioux Casino in Watertown, SD. Jolene loved to spend time with her family and friends, especially her son, Eric. Jolene loved listening to music and family get togethers because she loved to laugh. She also was an avid Denver Broncos fan. Jolene will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her son, Eric Marx; a very special friend, Gordy Marx of Summit, SD; her mother, Bernice Hopkins of Waubay, SD; sisters and brothers, Elizabeth Bearhill, Mary Hislaw, Raymond Bearhill all of Waubay, SD, Robert Bearhill of Watertown, SD, Clarice Bearhill of Sisseton, SD, Karen Huffstutler of Winter Garden, FL, Jean Webb of Fulda, MN,
Darla Barse of Sisseton, SD, Cheryl Bearhill and Ronaleen Chute, both of Wolf Point, MT; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Arlan Hopkins; grandparents, Melvin and Hazel Hopkins and Phillip and Agnes Grey; infant brother; 2 nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 5, 2008 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Sisseton, SD. All-night wakes will be held at the Community Center in Old Agency Village on Thursday, July 3, 2008 and Friday, July 4, 2008 beginning at 7:00 PM. Interment will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Grenville, SD. The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, MN served the family. On-line condolences may be sent to

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Rhonda Rencountre

    My dearest neice,and friend, I was not aware of your passing.i will miss you very much.the photos yuo sent me, of you and your son,I will cherish them.I will always remember your laugh,and your beautiful smile.

  2. Linda Weyh (Holzerland)

    I am just speachless as to what to say. What a just isn’t fair.
    To the family of Jolene, I am so sorry. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Jolene, so many people are going to miss you. I have been remembering all the fun times we had together and wish we could have seen each other more often. I will always remember your laugh, your happy-bubbly personality, your constant kindness toward all. You are beautiful inside and out. I will cherish the message that you left on my phone a few months back. I love you too.
    I will keep your little Eric in my prayers.
    I have no doubt that we will see each other again some day. Until then, my friend, you will be in my thoughts, my prayers and in my heart.

    John 14:1-4
    Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God[; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.

  3. Nadine Campbell-Cook

    Bernice and Family,
    I just wanted to share a few of my memories of Jolene…
    When we were kids, we would play house (Jolene, Lisa, and myself)and chose pretend names. Jolene ALWAYS chose “Juicy Fruit” as her name. Even now when I see a juicy fruit gum package it reminds me of growing up with Jolene.
    The other one that still makes me giggle (when my son shovels) is when you guys moved out to Enemy Swim for that one winter and Jolene shoveled a path for Uncle Arlan to walk up to Antie Valdean’s house. When he walked in the house he was laughing because the path was the exact width shovel.
    Jolene will forever be in our hearts and each one of us will always cherish each moment we spent with her creating our memories that we will enjoy forever.
    Thinking of Little Eric, You and your Family,
    Nadine Campbell-Cook
    5302 Will Dr.
    Indian River,MI 49749

  4. rosie [breske] larson

    My prayers are with you at this time..Jolene was a great person… God Bless you all.. rosie

  5. Julie Hagen;

    Jolene, my dear sweet sister, I will miss you! You will remain forever in my heart! Please know your memory will live on in our hearts and also little Eric! I always remember reading from my Bible to you upstairs in my room…I once read my favorite verse and I say it to you again: Sirach 6:14 A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure.
    15 A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth.
    16 A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds;
    17 For he who fears God behaves accordingly, and his friend will be like himself.
    Best Friends Forever, Sister!


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