Patricia “Patty” Hoppe, 64, died Jan. 15, 2022, of cancer.

Patty grew up in Como Park. She attended Chelsea Heights Elementary School and Murray High School, from which she graduated in 1967. She attended college at UW-Eau Claire and earned an M.A. in school psychology from UW-Stout. She met her husband, Dave, in graduate school. They were married for 38 years.

“Ms. Patty” worked for school districts in Evansville, Wis., and Madison, Wis., as a child psychologist. She is remembered by friends and colleagues as an empathetic, reliable and radiant “giver” who, more often than not, subsumed her own needs to attend to those of others. Patty worked with many students in Madison who needed extra attention and care. She took on leadership roles near the end of her career and was active in the historic Wisconsin teachers’ strikes as a proud union member.

She is survived by her husband, four siblings and two sons.

Donations may be sent to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance or the Madison Metropolitan School District (especially Hawthorne Elementary). Online condolences may be posted to Caring Bridge or

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