Hillsboro – Alice Koop, 90, died June 7, 2017 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born September 30, 1926 to Jacob and Katherine (Friesen) Klassen in Hillsboro. She married Harley Koop July 4, 1948 in Inman. Survivors include: sons, Roger (Lila) Koop of Shawnee, KS, Murray (Coleen) Koop of Hillsboro; 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Predeceased by her husband, Harley Koop in 2001 and a deceased infant brother Harold Klassen. Celebration of Life Service 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at The Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Committal service 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery in Hillsboro. Memorials to the Church in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Life Sketch taken from the Funeral Bulletin
Alice was born on September 30, 1926 to Jacob E and Katherina (Friesen) Klassen. Her only sibling, Harold died as an infant. As a young girl she accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized by her pastor, J.W. Vogt on August 1, 1948. She was a member of the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro, KS. On June 7, 2017, at the age of 90, she left this earth and entered the gates of heaven.
Alice grew up on a farm 1 ½ miles SE of Hillsboro, where she’d refer to herself as being a ‘tomboy’ growing up; preferring to help her father outdoors rather than being indoors learning homemaking skills. Despite her preference to work outdoors, she still enjoyed learning and was educated in the Hillsboro area; graduating from Hillsboro High School in 1944 and continued her education at Tabor College, where she attended for 1 ½ years.
On July 4, 1948, Alice married Harley Koop at the Evangelical and Reform Church in Inman, Kansas. The young couple started their first years of married life living in Hillsboro. Harley worked as an apprentice plumber and Alice worked as a telephone operator in McPherson, Kansas.
Roger Allen, their first child, was born on September 6, 1949. Shortly after his birth, Harley and Alice moved to a farm in the Ebenfeld area where Harley began to farm Alice’s parents’ ground. In the early 50’s they made another move to a farm they called home for almost 30 years, which was also located 1 ½ miles SE of Hillsboro. On March 7, 1953, their second son, Murray Lynn, was born. While living on the farm they raised wheat, corn and milo. They often had an assortment of cows, sheep and pigs; even operating a diary for a short time. Alice always planted a large garden; she canned and pickled much of the produce. Alice and Harley lived here until moving to Hillsboro in 1979, at which time they retired from farming and established/ operated Koop Plumbing. Alice did the bookwork for their business.
Roger and Murray remember family vacations to Yellowstone National Park, Colorado and Oregon, sometimes meeting up with family friends that were also on vacation.
Alice was an excellent cook and baker, often entertaining friends and relatives. She loved to have Roger’s and Murray’s friends out to the farm, often to celebrate birthdays. She would prepare a meal and of course a delicious birthday cake. After the boys left home, she still prepared birthday treats for Murray’s birthday (and later Murrays wife’s birthday) for the workers of their workplaces. These treats were usually pans of cinnamon rolls, Italian Cream Cake or Chocolate Sheet Cake. Roger would have received these also but he lived In the Kansas City area and it would have been a little far to deliver. Alice often took zwieback, cinnamon rolls and pies to friends and neighbors in the community.
After the couple moved to town, Harley became interested in woodworking projects. Alice spent many hours painting these projects. Harley and Alice made and decorated many wooden items for their two grandchildren, Alexis and Mitchell. These projects included a large rocking horse, a complete “small” kitchen set including stove, refrigerator and a small kitchen sink with “running” water, a wooden crane and many other toy projects.
Alice and Harley loved the many hours they could spend with their grandchildren. They helped with babysitting while Murray and Coleen worked and often watched them after school. Jigsaw puzzles, the game of UNO and crafts were often the activities completed while at Grandpa and Grandma Koop’s home. She would often have Alexis come over to help her bake rolls and zwieback.
After Harley’s death (February 9, 2001), Alice continued to live at their home in Hillsboro. After a brief hospital visit in March 2009, she decided to move to Parkside Homes. In February 2010, she fell and broke her hip which required a hip replacement, although the surgery was successful she did not walk without assistance after that and was confined to a wheelchair. The day before Alexis’ wedding, which she was very much looking forward to attending, she fell and broke her leg. She was disappointed she might have to miss the wedding; but they braced her leg, dressed her up and with a few pain pills she could attend Alexis and Rob’s wedding.
When choosing her room to live in at Parkside she very much wanted to be in the A hall area – where there was activity outside of her door. She usually had a jigsaw puzzle set up on her table where she often had employees stop by to fit together a few pieces while visiting before going back to work. Her favorite guest was her great-grandson, Kelton.
The photocopied humorous stories, jokes and comics that were mailed to friends and family will forever be cherished. Alice will always be remembered by her good sense of humor, ability to “prank” people and her quick wit. But mostly, we will never forget her contagious love and laughter and the happiness that she brought to those around her.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents, brother Harold and her husband Harley.
She is survived by her sons:
Roger and wife Lila Koop, Shawnee, Kansas
Murray and wife Coleen Koop, Hillsboro, Kansas
Alexis and husband Rob Scott, Hillsboro, Kansas
Mitchell and wife Amanda Koop, Wichita, Kansas
Kelton Scott (2 yrs) Hillsboro, Kansas