In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Wright City in care of Pitman Funeral Home P.O. Box 126 Warrenton, MO 63383
Dorothy Ann (Strange) Kopp, 86, of Warrenton died Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at her home after a long illness. Dorothy was born May 4, 1933 in Washington, D.C, the daughter of Dena B. (Withers) Strange Rogers and Doyle H. Strange, Sr.
Following her parents’ divorce, Dorothy and her elder brother, Doyle, Jr., lived with their maternal grandparents in Monett, Mo. They attended Talbert School in Monett for one year.
When her mother remarried, Dorothy spent the remainder of her childhood in Richmond Heights (St. Louis), Mo. She attended West Richmond Elementary and Maplewood-Richmond Heights Junior and Senior High Schools, graduating in 1950.
Dorothy married her high school sweetheart, John E. Kopp, Dec. 26, 1952 at Christ Church, United Church of Christ in Maplewood. Following John’s service in the U.S. Navy, the couple moved to Kirksville, Mo., then settled in Maplewood and Richmond Heights, where they remained until relocating to Warrenton in 1980.
During her working life, Dorothy was employed as a secretary, and as an insurance claims adjustor, retiring in 1989. She also owned and operated Custom Sewing out of her home in Warrenton for many years.
In addition to doting on her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Dorothy was an actress, appearing in many stage productions with the Wagon Wheel Players and other community theatre groups. She was also an avid bowler, and very active as a member of First Baptist Church, Wright City.
Survivors include Dorothy’s three children - David, and wife Karen (Bell) of Warrensburg, Mo.; Martin, and wife Nancy (Baker) of St. Louis; Elizabeth Ann Plumberg, and husband Chuck of Ephrata, Penn.; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; and her longtime, feline companion, O’Reilly. She was preceded in death by her husband, John (2013), and brother, Doyle (2019).
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 27 at First Baptist Church of Wright City, 104 Hedeman Ave., Wright City, MO 63390, (636) 745-2446, Pastor Chad Hodges officiating. The family will greet friends and family from 10:00-11:00 a.m. The service will begin at 11:00, with lunch to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Dorothy’s name to First Baptist Church of Wright City.