9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 17 at Zion
Lutheran Church in Mount Pulaski
10:30 a.m. Friday at the church
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader, Mount Pulaski
Betty Lou Kopatz, 88, passed away at
5:36 a.m. on November 11, 2017 at Vonderlieth Living
Center in Mount Pulaski.
Betty was born on January 28, 1929 in Lincoln,
daughter of Theodore and Cleva (Brashear) Aderman.
She married Carl Kopatz on June 18, 1966. He
preceded her in death on November 15, 2016.
Surviving Betty is her son: Rev Dr. Perry Kopatz of
Phoenix, AZ; two grandchildren: Jeremy Kopatz and
Christine Kopatz both of Phoenix, AZ; two great
grandchildren: Peyton Rose Kopatz and Ryden Quinn
Kopatz; one nephew: Don Zelle of St. Louis, MO; one
niece: Deborah (Jim) Stahl of Sherman, IL. She was
preceded in death by her parents, one sister:
Mildred Aderman Haynes, and two aunts: Alma Bridges
and Ann Brashear.
Until age 17, she lived on the Elias Buckles farm
west of Mount Pulaski. She graduated from Buckles
Grade School and Mount Pulaski Township High School.
She then graduated from Milliken University in
Decatur, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree with
a major in art and a minor in science. She took
classes in Normal at the University Of Illinois and
did graduate work at S.I.U. in literature and
She taught school kindergarten
through eighth grade as well as art and music for
grades one through six and science for grades one
through four. She taught for 20 plus years in
several communities in Illinois and Prince Georges
County, Maryland with poetry writings published in
Betty worked one year as a district
director for the Land Of Lincoln Girl Scouts and two
years at The Franklin Life in Springfield. She was a
member of Mount Pulaski Historical Society and the
Zion Lutheran Church of Mount Pulaski.
Services for Betty will be 10:30 a.m. Friday
November 17, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mount
Pulaski with Rev. Jonathan Buescher officiating.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service also at
the church. Burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery in
Springfield will follow the service.
Memorials may be made in Betty’s name to Zion
Lutheran Church of Mount Pulaski.
Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader
Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski.
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