Mary H. Kopp


Mary H. Kopp, 85, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020. Born in Utica, NY on March 28, 1934, she was the daughter of Henry and Evelyn Hospers.

Following her graduation from Hope College in Michigan, she taught Junior High science in Willow Run and Hamilton, Michigan for several years. She then moved to Schenectady, New York, where she met and married Robert Kopp. She continued her teaching career at Van Antwerp Middle School in Niskayuna.

Mary was a longtime member of the Second Reformed Church of Schenectady serving on the Consistory and several offices of the Women’s Guild. As part of her dedication to world missions, she organized and ran the community “SERRV Shop” at the church, which sold items made in third world countries. She also served in many leadership positions for the Synodical and National offices for both Reformed Church Women and Church Women United. She was an enthusiastic supporter of Red Cross blood drives.

She and Bob later moved to Round Lake where she lovingly cared for her mother in law. She became an active member of the Round Lake United Methodist Church. Everywhere she lived she was known as a kind, generous, happy lady capable of organizing activities to help things run smoothly.

Her twin sister’s sons considered Mary a substitute mom during their college years when their parents lived overseas. On the telephone Mary’s voice sounded so much like their Mom that they could not tell the difference.

She was predeceased by her parents Henry and Evelyn, her husband Robert Kopp and her beloved nephew Dirk Doorenbos. Mary is survived by her stepson Carl Kopp (Debbi); grandchildren Rachel Kopp-Bessette (Darrel), Jay Ingersoll (Trish), Robert Kopp (Salina); great grandchildren Ashley, Carlin, and Harper; twin sister Margaret Doorenbos (Harvey); nephew Keith Doorenbos (Ardith); and great nephews Stephen and Timothy.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, February 20 at Round Lake United Methodist Church, 34 George Avenue, Round Lake. Burial will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 19 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mary may be made to the Round Lake United Methodist Church or Hope College.

Guest Book

Susan Neumann

Dear Margie and family, I’m so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. We had many fun adventures together. I remember when she meant Bob he was so handsome and her Prince Charming. I’m glad they had a long life together. I know she is with him Hoppy and Dirk. You are in my prayers.
Much love
Susie Pierce Neumann

Barbara Gregorek

The world has lost two bright lights with Bob and Mary Kopp being gone, but heaven has another angel and Bob and Mary are together again. Peace and Prayers to their entire family.

Bill Graper

I was a friend of Mary and her husband Bob while they were members of Second Reformed Church. We also served on Consistory and other church committees. She was a true servant of God and His church, helping wherever she could and leading by example. We were far better for her participation and energy.

There was also a slightly mischievous side to Mary. At pot luck suppers, she frequently brought delicious "beef" stew. Since she knew I liked venison, she tipped me off that the meat was really the product of Bob's fall hunts, but she didn't want to scare away those who wouldn't want to eat Bambi.

She leaves behind so many positive memories and appreciative friends.

Miranda Rand

I am one of many who knew Mary through her connections to the Reformed Church and to Church Women United. She was unfailingly informed, helpful, and in every respect a "lady." Truly with her passing the mold for educated, informed and determined women born in the 1930s and 1940s has been broken.
I always enjoyed my association with her.
May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
Miranda Rand, CWU Steering Board, Schenectady Classis (Reformed Church in America)