Elsie A. Koppen

LAKOTA, Iowa – Funeral services for Elsie A. Koppen, 84, of Lakota will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lakota, with Rev. Dr. Elaine Siemsen officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Lakota.

Elsie died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center, Fairmont. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lakota and will continue one hour prior to the services on Friday.

Elsie Alyce Stroebel, daughter of Carl “Charlie” and Cora “Alta” (Nutt) Stroebel, was born on a farm near Swea City, on Sept. 23, 1928. She was baptized at her Grandmother Stroebel’s house in Lakota on Oct. 7, 1928, and confirmed in the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Titonka on May 31, 1942.

At the age of 2 years, she moved with her family to a farm near Titonka, where she grew up, and was educated in country school’s until entering High School at Titonka, graduating in 1945. She attended Waldorf College graduating in 1947. She taught school in Ledyard and Buffalo Center and substitute taught for many years at Lakota, Ledyard, and Buffalo Center.

On June 1, 1952, she was married to Paul Koppen at the St. Paul Lutheran Church where she became a member on Nov. 11, 1951. She taught Sunday school, Bible school and was a member of ALCW. They lived on a farm near Ledyard for nine years where they began raising their two sons, Michael and Kelvin. They then moved east of Lakota in 1961 until 1969, when they moved to their present farm.

Paul and Elsie farmed side by side for many years and Elsie was very good operating the machinery, especially the combine. She took much pride in caring for and working the farm. You rarely saw Elsie and Paul not together. In 1973, the family opened their snowmobile repair shop which is still operated today by their son, Kelvin. Elsie enjoyed dancing, playing cards, gardening, and doing crafts.

Elsie was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in September 2010, and became a resident of Lakeview United Nursing Home, Fairmont, Minn., in January 2011. She made many great friends while being a resident there and received exceptional medical care.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Koppen of Lakota; her sons, Michael Koppen and his wife Sheila, Kelvin Koppen and his wife Tamie of Lakota; her grandchildren, of whom she was very proud, Kelsie Koppen and her son Kade of Lakota, and Brady Koppen of Lakota. She is also survived by her sisters, Mildred Spear of Algona and Darlene (Maurice) Blome of Ferryville, Wis.; brother-in-law, Robert Anderson of Buffalo Center; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Verdene Anderson; and brother-in-law, James Spear.

Oakcrest Funeral Services of Bancroft in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.oackrestfuneralservices.com