June 26, 2019
Helen C. Popp, 99, of Hutchinson passed away Wednesday, June 26, at her home in Hutchinson. Memorial service was Tuesday, July 2, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Hutchinson, with interment in Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson. Memorials were preferred. Officiating was the Rev. J.J. Morgan and the Rev. Paul Woolverton. Organist was Bev Wangerin. Soloist/duet by Cort and Vi Viesselman performing “How Great Thou Art.” Special music (CD) by Howard Popp “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “In The Garden” and “I’ll Fly Away.” Urn bearers were the grandchildren, Kristi Gavin, Ryan Anderson, Bret Anderson, Brooks Anderson, Adam Schmidt and Amber Schmidt.
Helen Catherine Popp was born Feb. 16, 1920, in Lester Prairie. She was the daughter of North and Esther (Schoeppler) Packer. She was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth, both at Methodist Church in Lester Prairie. She received her education at Lester Prairie High School and was a graduate of the Class of 1938. Helen then furthered her education at Hamline University and St. Cloud State University.
On March 10, 1945, Helen was united in marriage to Howard Popp at the Methodist Church in Lester Prairie. This marriage was blessed with four children, Lynne, Nancy, Gregory and Maryne. Helen and Howard resided in Clara City before moving to Hutchinson in 1956. They shared 44 years of marriage until the passing of Howard Oct. 30, 1989.
Helen was a teacher in Silver Lake, Plato and Hutchinson for 38 years until her retirement in 1980. She was a tremendous mentor and role model to the hundreds of students who were lucky enough to have her as a teacher.
Helen was often greeted by former students, “Hi Mrs. Popp,” and they would rekindle fond memories and how their lives had progressed since school. She was a talented seamstress. She sewed clothes for her children and grandchildren, including the dresses her daughters wore to homecoming and prom, and bridesmaid dresses for their weddings.
Helen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed going to the cabin in the summer months, even when her grandsons dumped her off a jet ski, fully clothed with a fresh hair-do!
Helen was also a faithful member of the Bethlehem United Methodist Church, serving in the women’s study group and S.O.S. She was also a member of the Hutchinson Hospital Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and Delta Kappa Gamma Teacher’s Organization. Helen volunteered at the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop, the information desk and gift shop at Hutchinson Health and for Meals on Wheels.
Blessed be her memory.
Helen is survived by her children, Lynne Barthel and her husband, David, of Plymouth, Nancy Anderson and her husband, Charles, of Sauk Centre, Gregory Popp and his wife, Julie, of Palm Springs, California and Maryne Schmidt and her husband, Joseph, of Maple Grove; grandchildren, Kristi Gavin and her husband Bob, Ryan Anderson, Bret Anderson and his wife Julie, Brooks Anderson and his wife Tristin, Adam Schmidt and Amber Schmidt; great-grandchildren, Brett Gavin, Megan Gavin, Charlie, Easton, Alex and Ellery Anderson; sister Constance Hines of Wayzata; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents North and Esther Packer; husband Howard Popp; brother Wayne Packer; sisters, Marjorie Noren and her husband Edmund and Merriam Wycoff and her husband Orville; and brother-in-law Melvin Hines.
A special thank you to Helen’s long-time physician Dr. Leah Schrupp, Allina Health Hospice staff and Helen’s very special caregiver, Sandy Winseman, without whom we would have been unable to keep her at home.
Arrangements by Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituary and guestbook available at hantge.com.