S. Virginia Kopp OSB, 101, died on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. A wake service will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, May 2, 2016 and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 3, at 10:00 AM, both in Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel in Yankton, South Dakota. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Eugenia Olivia Kopp was born July 9, 1914, the third of thirteen children of Melchior and Margaret (Hegel) Kopp of Richardton, North Dakota. She attended St. Mary's elementary school in Richardton and was greatly influenced by the sisters and monks. She graduated from Mount Marty High School in Yankton, South Dakota in 1932. Eugenia entered Sacred Heart Monastery September 2, 1929. She was invested as a novice on August 15, 1932 and received the name Virginia. She made first profession on August 16, 1933 and final profession on June 26, 1939.
S. Virginia taught first grade for one year at Stephan, South Dakota and then was asked to go into nursing. She graduated from Sacred Heart School of Nursing in 1937. She was a nurse at Yankton, South Dakota; Pueblo and Caņon City, Colorado from 1937-1952. From 1952-1978, she was asked to work in hospital administration in Tyndall and Parkston, South Dakota. She received a Credential in Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1972. She received a degree from Mount Marty College, Yankton, South Dakota, and became certified in Pastoral Care in 1979. Thus, she began her Pastoral Care Ministry in Caņon City, Colorado. She served in this ministry from 1979 until her retirement to the monastery in 2001. She always considered the physical and spiritual care of God's people as a treasured privilege.
S. Virginia was a kind and gentle woman who had a giving heart and welcoming smile. She often felt the responsibility to offer care to those in need, and was always willing to lend a helping hand at a moment's notice especially with tasks around the monastery.
S. Virginia is survived by her Benedictine community, her sisters Phyllis Viglione, Alma Bray, and Agnes Hill, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and nine siblings.
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Dear Sisters of Mount Marty,
Barbara and I were very saddened to hear of Sr. Virginia's passing. We remember her from St. Thomas More with her gentle, kind manner. She helped so many people not just in the hospital, but in the Fremont County community as well. I remember her personally when waking up from anesthesia, she was there talking calmly to me, blessed me and wanted to make sure I was being cared for. Barbara saw Sr. Virginia making rounds in the hospital daily and speaks so highly of her gentle soul. Heaven has a treasure now.
With Great Respect and Sympathy for all of you in Yankton,
Richard (Casey) and Barbara Bindner Straight
Our family thought very highly of Sr. Virginia. She was always so pleasant, kind and helpful as administrator at St. Michael's Hospital in Tyndall. She told me she cried when I entered the Franciscans rather than the Benedictines, but she was one person who inspired me to enter the convent. I will always be grateful for her presence in my life. Know of my prayer and sympathy for all of you who miss her. Blessings and Peace
Sr. Marie (Meg) Gemar, OSF
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