Shirley E. Koppisch

Shirley (Caywood) Koppisch, age 82, passed away at her home in Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 27th after a long and full life.

Shirley was born December 27, 1930 to Edward and Lillian Caywood in Broken Bow, Nebraska. Her family moved to Sidney, Nebraska where they operated a farm.

Shirley graduated from Sidney High School in 1948 and Colorado A&M in 1955. She then moved to Grand Junction, Colorado to work for Safeway as a Home Economist. In 1957 she met and married Ernest Koppisch. Later, they moved the family to Colorado Springs in 1967. Shirley believed in hard work and was always busy. In addition to raising six children, she ran a daycare out of her home, worked as a housekeeper for the Garden of the Gods Club, and finished her career as a secretary for Nelson and Company. She enjoyed interacting with co-worker and clients so much that she ultimately retired at age 80.

Family was very important to her. She always made time to sew the costumes needed for the upcoming plays, assist in creating school projects for kids and grandkids, bake thousands of cookies, read stories, or just sit down to chat.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Ernest Koppisch. She is survived by siblings, Fern Heitz, Anna Schoolcraft, Catherine McElroy, Edna Sprenger, James Caywood, Eleanor Lafler, Janice Howle, and John Amsberry, as well as her children, Christi Nelson (Paul), Michelle Pace (Kelly), Ernest Koppisch IV, Eric Koppisch (Traudi), Kelly Koppisch, Andrew Koppisch (Cindy) and grandchildren Katherine, Allison (Austin), Rebecca Nelson, Olin Pace, Tikvah and Tirtzah Koppisch, and Cassidy Koppisch .

Services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on September 14 at 10:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pikes Peak Hospice.

Published in The Gazette on Sept. 12, 2013