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Gertrude L. "Gertie" Kopp

Gertrude L. (Cox) Kopp, 93, Rapid City, formery of Philip, S.D., passed away on Thursday, December 23, 2010, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Gertrude was born July 19, 1917 in Rapid City, S.D., to S. Earl and Anna B. (Kammerer) Cox. She grew up in the New Underwood area attending country school and graduating fromNew Underwood High School in 1936.

She was united in marriage to Ralph A. Kopp on August 4, 1936, in New Underwood. Born to this union were four daughters; Joanne, Janice, Janet, and Kara Sue.

They began their life together on the White Ranch west of New Underwood and in 1947 they moved into New Underwood where she was active in many clubs and church organizations. Following Ralph's death she moved to Wall in 1963 where she was employed at Golden West Telephone Company and continued to be active in the church and enjoyed bowling. After retiring in 1983, she moved to Philip in 1984 where she was an active member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. In March 2010, she moved to Somerset Assisted Living in Rapid City where she resided until her death.

Over the years, she did many ceramics and made 34 porcelain dolls. She is fondly remembered for her great cooking, baking, cleaning, and most importantly for her gentle kindness and love for her family and friends.

She is survived by daughters Joanne (Dewayne) Borszich, Rapid City, Janice Rae Crowser, Philip, and Kara (Boyd) Parsons, Milesville; a sister, Betty (Marion) Wilson, Rapid City; two brothers, Joe (Irene) Cox, New Underwood, and Harold (late Helen) Cox, Rapid City; 10 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; four great great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph (1961); a daughter, Janet Kay (1954); a sister, Helene Smith; a son-in-law, DeJay Crowser; a grandson-in-law, Doug Ellison; and a great-great-grandson, Stephen Smith.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Wednesday, December 29, at St. Therese The Little Flower Catholic Church in Rapid City with Father Bill Zandri officiating.

Burial was at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Rapid City.

A memorial has been established.