Obit: Kops, Evelyn #2 (1931 - 2019)

Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Blaubach, Fruth, Glaeser, Knuf, Kops, Meyer, Murdaugh, Neumann, Wesler

----Source: The Tribune-Phonograph (Abbotsford, WI) 3/13/2019

Kops, Evelyn (Knuf) (13 SEP 1931 - 10 MAR 2019)

Evelyn Kops, age 87, of Unity, entered into eternal life on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Marshfield Medical Center.

Evelyn was born Sept. 13, 1931, to Ernest and Helen (Blaubach) Knuf. She attended Stratford Public School. Evelyn earned her teaching degree at Stevens Point University and taught grade school in the Unity area. Then she worked full-time side-by-side with her husband Gerald Kops on their family farm east of Unity. Her marriage took place at Colby Zion Lutheran Church on June 20, 1953.

Evelyn and Gerald farmed in the town of Brighton all of their married life and raised five children. She was an active member of Zion Lutheran in Colby. She enjoyed planning many of the mission meals, quilting and preparing bible studies. Evelyn was also an active 4-H leader, helping form the lives of many of the neighboring youth.

In her retirement years, she continued the farm’s book and record keeping. Evelyn also enjoyed volunteering many hours at Bethesda in Wausau. She also enjoyed cooking for the Colby community center. Most of all, Evelyn enjoyed just being at the farm, digging in the dirt, watching her flowers and garden grow and spending time with her family.

Evelyn is survived by her children: Carol (Bill) Meyer, Lake City, Minn., Doug (Jan) Kops, Colby, Paula (Mike) Murdaugh, Friendship, Brad (Caryl) Kops, Unity, and Greg (Sandy) Kops, Stratford; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Caroline (Roger) Glaeser, Verna Jean (Ron) Fruth, Anita Wesler; and a brother, Ruben (Joyce) Knuf.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerald; two brothers; two granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.

The funeral was held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church in Colby at 11 a.m. Family and friends were welcomed from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Reverend Mark Neumann presided, with all grandsons being pallbearers. Maurina Schilling Funeral Home assisted the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Zion Lutheran Church local Mission Fund in Colby.

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