BEACON - Barbara Picard Hopper, 93, a lifelong resident of Beacon, died peacefully at home on April 3, 2021.
Born in Beacon on June 14, 1927, she was the daughter of Irving and Anne (Coffin) Picard. Barbara was an English Teacher at Rombout Middle School and Beacon High School for 30 years until her retirement in 1988. She was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church in Beacon, and a member of Melzingah Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Dutchess Golf Club in Poughkeepsie and the Southern Dutchess Golf Club in Beacon. Her passion was golf, she often spoke about living across from the Country Club when she was a youngster and would practice on the green in her bare feet!! She won many a tournament showing off her prizes! Barbara also loved to play tennis, swim, and ski, and was an avid reader. A very early career was rowing her father's boat as he fished! Barbara also enjoyed traveling after retirement.
She was admired and respected by thousands of students she touched. Barbara would come to the baseball field to watch one of her grandsons and would end up on the bleachers with kids all around doing homework. They would come with backpack, ready for Barbara! Comment from of a student, "May she rest in peace knowing she educated hundreds, probably thousands, of Beacon's kids. Most of us will never forget her!” and " she was the best teacher I ever had!”
On June 30,1969, Barbara married Thomas Hopper who predeceased her on May 13, 2014. She was also predeceased by her daughter, Gina Bopp, on April 18, 2017.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Janet Tasetano; her son-in-law, Wayne Bopp; her grandchildren, Justin Tomlins, Jared Tasetano and Seth Tasetano; her great-granddaughter, Chloe Tomlins; her sister, Jeanne (Picard) Johnson; and her nephew and niece, Lars Johnson and Laura (Johnson) Green.
HUGE thank you to Hudson Valley Hospice and her caregivers Yul Barry, Cleon Minor & Brittany Campbell for the dedication to the very end!
Calling hours Wednesday 9-10:30am at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, 1089 Mains Street, Fishkill. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday at 11am at St. John the Evangelist Church followed by interment in St. Joachim's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hudson Valley Hospice or Alzheimer's Association. Please visit Barbara ‘s Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.