November 25, 2020
Dec. 9, 1938 – Nov. 18, 2020
Cleo Jeanette (Dysinger) Gali Hopper, 81, of Sweet Home, died Nov. 18, 2020.
She was born Dec. 9, 1938 in American Fork, Utah, to Blaine and Neta (Jeffs) Dysinger.
She moved to Portland in 1941 where her father worked at the Oregon Ship Yards. In 1948 she moved to Lyons while her father worked on the Detroit Dam.
In 1950, when she was 12, her father passed away. After that an uncle moved the family to Sweet Home where Mrs. Hopper resided for 68 years.
In 2019 she moved to The Oregon Veterans Home in Lebanon where she passed.
Mrs. Hopper worked hard all her life to support her family, including 27 years as a cook at The Point Restaurant in Foster.
She was a member of the Victory Faith Fellowship Church until she was unable to attend. She was thrilled when surrounded by family and friends at family reunions, camping, traveling, taking rides, playing games of any kind and collecting angels. She was a very kind soul and loved everyone she met and was loved in return.
She is survived by her children, Cheri Thornbrough of Salem, Teresa Swanson of Cascadia, James Hopper Jr. of Montana, and Troy Hopper of Albany; sisters Beverly Hutchinson of Lebanon and Judy Markert of Sweet Home; brother Albert Niemi of Sweet Home; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many more who called her Grandma.
Mrs. Hopper was preceded in death by her parents; husband Franklin Gali in 1968; husband James Hopper Sr. in 2009; daughter Jeanette Gali Settles; brothers Clinton Dysinger, Lonnie Dysinger, and Donald Edwards; and stepfather Richard Niemi.
A viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel, with a graveside service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Gilliland Cemetery.
A Celebration of Life in Mrs. Hopper’s honor will be held at a later date when the virus is under control.
Anyone wishing to donate can do so to Evergreen Hospice in Albany or to Victory Faith Fellowship Church in Foster.
Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.