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Effie Koppes

October 10, 1914 — December 10, 2012

Effie Myrtle Koppes, 98, of North Newton, died Monday (Dec. 10, 2012) at Asbury Park in

Her father’s family immigrated to the United States in 1874 when he was four years old. They settled in the Pawnee Rock, Kansas area. That is where she was born on October 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, Ks., 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, Nebraska 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, Indiana.

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 held at 11:00 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 Thursday 9am til 8pm, where the family will receive friends between 6:30 and 8.

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.

Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.
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