NORTH NEWTON — Effie Myrtle Koppes, 98, of North Newton, died Monday (Dec. 10, 2012) at Asbury Park in Newton.
Her father’s family immigrated to the United States in 1874 when he was four years old. They settled in the Pawnee Rock area. That is where she was born on Oct. 10, 1914, the daughter of John J. and Effie Wedel Schmidt.
Effie graduated from Pawnee Rock High School in 1934. She came to Bethel College in 1937, where she would receive her teaching certificate. Effie taught for two years at a country school in Barton County and taught second grade in Burlington for two years.
While attending Bethel College, she met Clinton Koppes. They were married on July 16, 1944, at the Bethel College Mennonite Church. They moved to Lincoln, Neb., to live until returning to North Newton in 1946.
Effie was very active at the Bethel College Mennonite Church, where she taught Sunday School and Bible School. For 26 years, she was the accounting clerk at the Mennonite Press.
Survivors include her husband, Clinton of the home in North Newton; sons, Duane of Newton and Clayton of Cleveland, Ohio; daughter, Barbara Beal of Glen Carbon, Ill.; and granddaughter, Kathryn Preuss of Bloomington, Ind.
Mrs. Koppes is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Anton, Glen and John Schmidt; and two sisters, Clara Deckert and Arpha Kliver.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday (Dec. 14, 2012) at the Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, where the family will receive friends between 6:30 and 8 p.m.
A memorial has been established with Bethel College Mennonite Church. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.
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Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.