Jeanine Della Hoppenrath

Female 1940 - 2019  (79 years)

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  • Name Jeanine Della Hoppenrath 
    Birth 10 Jan 1940  Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Obituary Jeanine (Jeanie) Della Hoppenrath Goff

    Jeanie Goff was a spirited, hardworking, fun-loving, curious, and kind mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She was born to Russell and Lily Hoppenrath in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 10, 1940 and bid us farewell in Kirkland, Washington on December 31, 2019. She took her last breath to Hey Jude by The Beatles.

    Jeanie’s life was not typical. Over her 79 years, Jeanie was a single parent, a housewife, a union phone operator, a library assistant, a soccer mom, a travel agent and tour guide, an Avon lady, the wife of a spy, the partner of a preacher, the owner of and bead maker in a glass bead shop, a florist, a master gardener, a volunteer, a genealogist, and a mandolinist. Circumstances forced her to reinvent herself time and again—and she did so with an open mind and heart. Jeanie approached life with enthusiasm and, when asked whether she wanted to go or see or do something, always answered, “Yes.”

    Jeanie said yes to experiencing new cultures by visiting many wonderful places in the world. She lived in Berlin and traveled to Asia, Turkey, Greece, the Caribbean, Central America, Africa, the Middle East, Norway, Spain, Portugal…and nearly every other European country. She had cherished stories and mementos from every trip she took.

    She said yes to being surrounded by animals—beginning with the goats and chickens she kept as pets as a child and including many dogs and granddogs.

    She said yes to good food and any competition on the Food Network—and proudly rooting on her daughter, Julie, through her culinary pursuits all the way to the Food Network herself.

    She said yes to helping people track their roots as a genealogist. This family historian loved a good genealogical mystery as evidenced by her boxes and boxes…and boxes of documentation.

    She said yes by taking up the mandolin at age 70 and attending bluegrass festivals all over the Pacific Northwest. This surprised no one who was close to her since Jeanie was a music lover from a young age. As a child, she spent hours listening to her father play the fiddle and took accordion and piano lessons. As an adult, she attended as many operas and classical music performances as she could. Plus, she never missed one of her son Jon’s shows, whether they were classy, crashy, clangy, or twangy. No matter the style, she’d usually show up in a fancy hat. Jeanie truly embodied the idea that it’s never too late to try something new.

    Finally, Jeanie said yes to steadfastly loving her family. Jeanie is survived by her daughter, Julie; son, Jon; granddaughters, Kelly and Jessica; son-in-law, Vinny; grandson-in-law, Chad; brothers, Al and Tommy; brother-in-law, Mickey; sisters-in-law, Marilyn, Jenny, Kathy, and Kathy; cousins; and friends and additional relatives around the world. She loved and buried two men, her husband, John Goff, and her partner, David Jones.

    Jeanie Goff was loved by everyone who knew her and is dearly missed. But we will strive to carry on her zest for life. To opportunities and experiences, from this day forward, in honor of Jeanie, the answer is…


    Service details
    January 10, 2020
    2 pm
    Reception to follow in the Parish Hall

    Trinity Parish Church
    609 8th Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98104-1997  [1
    Death 31 Dec 2019  Kirkland, King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I870  Eddie's Genealogy
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2022 

    Family Lieutenant Colonel John Edward Goff,   b. 8 Nov 1941, Pampa, Gray, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 9 Oct 1985, Chantilly, Fairfax, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 43 years) 
    Marriage 19 Aug 1967  King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Living
    Family ID F236  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 19 Feb 2017 

  • Event Map
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  • Notes 
    • Based on email correspondence with Pat Barton of Baron Funeral Service (20 Feb 2022), Jeanie was cremated and her remains were returned to her family. There is no grave marker that I am aware of.

  • Sources 
    1. [S122] Barton Family Funeral Service, LLC, (, (Reliability: 3).