Vernice Orlop Hopkins


Vernice Orlop Hopkins, 103, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Kingsway Arms Nursing Center in Schenectady.

Born on December 11, 1913 in Schenectady, New York, Vernice lived most of her life in Ballston Lake. She was a graduate of Burnt Hills High School. Vernice was the first female bus driver for Burnt Hills Schools. She was a lifelong member of the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Vernice was predeceased by her parents Francis Buell Orlop and Fred B. Orlop; her twin brother F. Parker Orlop, and her beloved husband of seventy years, George “Dorry” Hopkins.

Vernice is survived by her son Richard Hopkins (Dorothy); twin daughters Susan Malone (Frederick) and Sandra Knabner (John); grandchildren David Hopkins (Katherine), Steven Hopkins, Debra Baum (James), Richard Erickson (Sondra), Glen Batzinger (Brandy), Amy Batzinger, Lori Friguletto, and Sean Knabner (Missy); and many great and great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her nieces Ann Esmond (Fred) and Janice Chase; and many great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 4 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday, April 5 at Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Ballston Spa. Burial will be in Jonesville Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Vernice may be made to the Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Alzheimer’s Association, Pine West Plaza, Building 4 Suite 405, Washington Ave Ext., Albany, NY 12205.

Guest Book

Betsy (Smith) Eisenhauer

Memories flood me of dear Aunt Vernice, my mother's 1st cousin. I always enjoyed my visits to the farm, shelling peas or whatever, spending a week in the country with the Hopkins family, her pies, her smile, and eating that fabulous Angus beef Uncle Dorry raised. Aunt Vernice somehow figured out a template to make my ice skating outfits look perfect. I have lived far away for years but will always carry Aunt Vernice in my heart! What a long life she had, and she gave so much of herself to family. Condolences to all!!

Janice Orlop Chase

A fond farewell to an Aunt who expressed her love for me in many ways and continued to make me feel loved and welcome in her presence even after she no longer knew who I was. What a legacy that is! There is no need to guess where she is now. Vernice loved the Lord and served him until she was no longer physically able to do so. How wonderful to know that she's now enjoying a new body and a new mind with which to serve and praise Him for all eternity.