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For this couple, gains came from loss


​Sit down with Diane and Dan Hopmann and there’s a sense of completeness. The Aurora couple have been married 42 years with two grown kids and grandsons ages two and five. He works as an IT manager at Visa; she has a home-based business selling LuLaRoe clothing. He possesses a dry wit; her soft-spoken sincerity complements it.

These are good people, the kind other people just feel comfortable being around. But as with any pair having spent 64 years on this Earth, there has been loss, too. In the case of the Hopmanns, one loss led to another which, in turn, has brought them immense rewards, both anticipated and otherwise.

The triggering loss was of Diane’s brother, who died of pancreatic cancer in May 2015. She called it a family tragedy.
“My brother was taking care of himself,” Diane said. “I was the obese sibling.”