Marie Koprowski, age 97, died Wednesday evening, January 2, 2013 at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living - Memory Care in Marquette, Michigan where she had resided the past 6 years.
The former Marie Elizabeth Pfluger was born in Algoma, Wis., on May 1, 1915, to William and Mary (Hearley) Pfluger. Her mother died in 1917 of pneumonia and her father died in 1919 in the great flu epidemic, while serving in the U.S. Army in World War I. As an only child she was lovingly raised by her maternal grandparents, Julius and Elizabeth Hearley in Two Rivers, Wis. Marie attended St. Luke's Grade School and Washington High School. She met Clarence Koprowski on July 4, 1933, at a dance where he was playing in an orchestra. On July 24, 1937, they married at St. Luke's Catholic Church. They made their home in Two Rivers, moving to 1910 - 26th St. in 1940. The home Marie lived in until she moved up to Marquette in 2007. In that home they raised their family - a daughter, Joan (Koprowski) Guenther and her husband, Richard, of Marquette, Mich.; two sons, Robert Koprowski and his wife, Susie of Bath, England and Ned Koprowski and his wife, Judy of Florissant, Missouri.
Marie was a loving and caring wife to Clarence and a most kind and generous mother to their three children. Also a beloved grandmother to Scott Guenther, Barbara Guenther Hunter, Brian Guenther, Jennifer Guenther Mittlestadt, Lori Koprowski Richardson, Steven Koprowski, Lisa Koprowski Soukup and Karen Koprowski Stout. Eleven great grandchildren also survive, plus a niece, Janet Sackett, a nephew, Glenn Deedon, and a few cousins. Marie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clarence, who died on July 12, 1979, and other relatives.
Marie's family and home were what she loved most. She was happy being a housewife and homemaker - cooking, canning, baking rolls, kolachi, and 4 loaves of bread every Friday, sewing clothes for the children when they were young, gardening, and tending to her plants (what a green thumb). She enjoyed doing crafts and did beautiful work on a loom making rugs, dresser scarfs and placemats. An active member of the Senior Center, she enjoyed going on the many trips they offered and thoroughly enjoyed the P.A.C.E. exercise class taught by Betty. She rekindled her love of walking at Brookridge, as they had the perfect walk area inside the building. She put many miles on her walker. Another favorite pastime was playing cards - Rummy was her choice and many hours were enjoyed playing with the residents at Brookridge and with her family.
Marie belonged to the former St. Luke's Catholic Church and was active in their Altar Society - baking and helping out as needed. She was a local and national member of NARFE (National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees) and attended their local meetings. She did volunteer work for charity and was always there to help a neighbor or friend in need and always with a ready smile.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 18, 2013 at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, 3218 Tannery Rd., Two Rivers. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be Rev. Dick Mauthe, with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Two Rivers. Pallbearers will be Scott Guenther, Barbara Guenther-Hunter, Brian Guenther, Jennifer Guenther Mittlestadt, Elliott Guenther and Glenn Deedon.
The family will greet relatives and friends at the church on Friday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of mass at 10:30 a.m. There will be no Thursday evening visitation.
Those wishing to make and expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider the
, the Humane Society, or a
Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels, 1506 18th St., Two Rivers, is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Mom, you had the sweetest disposition, always kind, loving and helpful and all of it coming through your beautiful smile. You treasured your family and home and gave your life to them. For all you did for us we can't say enough, but express our thank you's over and over again. Mom, we love you and will miss you dearly. May God keep you forever in his loving care.