February 22, 2020

June P. Koppela

Died July 13, 2018


June Pearl (Clyde) Koppela, 95, went home to be with her Lord peacefully in her sleep July 13, 2018.

June was born Jan. 20, 1923, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ethel Grace Kirker and Charles Alexander Clyde. June lived a long and happy life as a homemaker. She married Roy Koppela on July 17, 1942. They raised four children together in Keego Harbor. They retired to a home they built by hand in Leota. After Roy’s passing in 1976, June devoted her time to her beloved family. June’s storytelling, helpful spirit and love of children endeared her whenever she visited. She loved sitting on the floor with little ones to play, she loved cars and she loved to watch Tigers baseball and Red Wings hockey. She once told her family that the reason she married Roy was that he took her driving in his ’40 powder blue DeSoto. At the end of her life, she lived with her daughter Sharon in a log cabin in Michigan’s beautiful Western Upper Peninsula, and enjoyed singing, church, walks in the sunshine and watching the hummingbirds and deer.

June will forever be remembered by her children, Douglas (Jackie) Koppela, Robert (Nancy) Koppela, John (Denise) Koppela and Sharon Faustin (nee Wangler); her grandchildren, Donald (Sandy) Koppela, Christine (the late Art) Frangedakis, Lisa (David) Sutherland, Toni (Duke) Koppela, Jennifer (Tony) Taratuta, Sam Koppela, Christopher Koppela, Ryan Koppela, Kristen Koppela, Jim (Melissa) Wangler, Tim Wangler, Jake Wangler and Sarah (Kevin Avery) Wangler; her sisters, Charlotte Fallis and Ruth Timm; and also her 24 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews; and dear friends.

Visitation will be held July 20 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Stocking Funeral Home, and burial services will be held at Summerfield Cemetery on West Haskell Lake Road, 2 1/2 miles west of Old State Avenue, Harrison.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her honor to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, June’s favorite charity.


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