Elda Kopitzke, 96, of Clarkfield died Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the Clarkfield Care Center. Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Omro, with Rev. Allen Lonnquist officiating, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation was held on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at Lynner Funeral Home in Clarkfield, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. and continued one hour prior to services at the church.
Elda O. (Piipke) Kopitzke was born on April 24, 1920 in Omro Township, Yellow Medicine County to Henry and Lena (Galow) Piipke. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Omro. She attended country school until the 8th grade. On June 21, 1939 Elda married John Haas. They had one son together, Delmar.
John died in a hunting accident and later, Delmar would die as a young boy of polio. Elda married Edmund Kopitzke on March 10, 1943 at St. John’s Lutheran Church Omro. Elda was a housewife and lived all her life in the Omro and Clarkfield area. She enjoyed flower gardening, sewing, baking and art projects. She was well known for growing and caring for African violets.
Elda was a life long member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Omro and was involved in the ladies group and choir. She also enjoyed spending time visiting with family and friends. She liked to play cards, pinochle and bingo.
Elda is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, John and husband, Edmund; her son, Delmar; her brothers: Walter, Elmer, Ted and Benny Piipke and sisters: Leona Phillips and Agnes Warner.