Ruth P. Koperna

Ruth P. Koperna

Ruth P. Koperna, "Mom-mom" 81, of Virginia Beach, VA, passed away on March 13, 2013. Ruth was a graduate of Nescopeck High School in Nescopeck, PA. Ruth married Leonard V. Koperna and settled in New Castle, DE and raised their family. Ruth worked as a J C Penny catalog associate until she retired.

She was a very active member of the Sodality at Our Lady of Fatima Church which helped in many philanthropy activities. Recently, Ruth moved to Virginia Beach to the Bay Lake Retirement & Assisted Living Community where she enjoyed helping new residents become acclimated to the Bay Lake environment. Ruth was a kind, gracious wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to many.

Ruth is predeceased by her husband Leonard. She is survived by her 4 children, Deborah Menard and husband David of Marshallton, DE, Catherine Kriaris and husband Anthony of Apex, NC, Stephen Koperna and wife Susan of Middeltown, DE, and Leonard Koperna and wife Lisa of Virginia Beach, VA; 7 grandchildren, Joshua Menard and wife Allyson, Jeffrey Menard and wife Emily, Amanda Kriaris, Anthony Kriaris, Nicholas Kriaris, Rebecca Koperna, Erin Koperna and 1 great grandson, Matthew Menard.

Ruth's family would like to extend their great appreciation to all the compassionate caregivers and staff at Bay Lake.

A viewing will be held on Monday March 18, from 6-8 pm in the McCrery and Harra Funeral Home, 3710 Kirkwood Highway Wilmington, DE 19808. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday Morning March 19 at 10 am in Our Lady of Fatima Church, 801 N. Dupont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to have donations sent to, Bay Lake Retirement, 4225 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455.

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Published in The News Journal from Mar. 16 to Mar. 17, 2013