Mary Rita Koopman

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Mary Rita Koopman, 97, of Garnavillo, died Monday, April 27, 2015, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Thursday, April 30, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home,  Garnavillo and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Friday, May 1, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Interment was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Garnavillo.

Mary Rita was born on May 20, 1917, to her parents Herman Jr. and Anna (Hoeger) Berns on the home farm in National. She received her education at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Garnavillo. Following her eighth grade graduation, she stayed home to help care for her siblings on the farm. 

She was married to Herbert Koopman on Nov. 18, 1936, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Garnavillo. He preceded her in death on Feb. 23, 1979. One of her greatest loves was spending many hours and many years at St. Joseph’s Quilters. These quilts were donated to the mission. Over the years, Mary found time to enjoy square dancing, travelling, reading, quilting for the family, caring for her aged mother and sister and having card parties with the neighbors. Mary’s family was very important to her. She truly cherished the gift of being a mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. 

Those left to cherish her memory are her four children, David (Mary) of Postville, Fr. Dennis OFM of Countryside, Ill., Joan (Jim) Kampschroer of Wausau, Wis., and Jerome (Carolyn) of Garnavillo; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Sister Rachel Berns OSF of Dubuque, one sister-in-law, Mary Jane Eulberg of Garnavillo and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, John and James in infancy; five sisters, Sister Marcella Berns, Isabella Bortscheller, Teresa Schnepf, Ann McTaggart and Eunice Berns; three brothers, Sylvester, Benedict and Cyril Berns.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to benefit an organization that Mary faithfully contributed to for so many years. Memorials may be made to: Franciscan Friars Retirement Fund, 3140 Meramec St., St. Louis, MO, 63118.

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