Ian Matthew Hopfauf (known affectionately as “Pooklet”), 9 years old. Ian died peacefully early Monday morning at home lovingly surrounded by all who he loved most after fiercely battling cancer for over 18 months.
Ian was born in Bismarck, ND on October 18, 2000. He was a bright, creative, charming child who loved to laugh nearly as much as he loved to make others laugh. He brought joy to so many with his kind, thoughtful words and his loving gestures. He was wise and compassionate far beyond his years. He delighted in surprising people with silly pranks. Ian enjoyed swimming and was very proud that he “conquered the high board” at the pool this summer. He had a wild, vivid imagination which he expressed through art, writing and great conversation. Ian loved spending time with friends, particularly his best friend and brother, Spencer. Ian was a third grader at Clara Barton-Hawthorne elementary school in Fargo, ND.
Ian will be missed by all who knew him. There will forever be a void in our hearts which was once filled with Ian’s beautiful, joyous presence.
Ian Is survived by his parents and step parents, Rich K. Stewart and Rachael Rudnik and DeAnn Hopfauf and Paula Geroy; brother Spencer Hopfauf; paternal grandparents, Edward and Catherine Kangesier of Freeport, New York; maternal grandparents, Ronald and Verdel Hopfauf of Bismarck, ND as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be held at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo, ND on Friday, November 20 at 5pm (gathering/sharing) with a silent prayer service from 7 – 8pm. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 21 at 1 pm also at Boulger Funeral Home.
The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Ian’s name to the Clara Barton-Hawthorne PTA, Roger Maris Cancer Center, Meritcare Children’s Hospital or Kamp Kace as all of these organizations provided so much comfort and support to Ian during his battle with cancer.
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