Delores C. Jopp (Koehn)


Funeral services celebrating the life of Delores C. Jopp (Koehn), 91, of Albany, were held July 2 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Albany, with her granddaughter’s husband, the Rev. Alex Becker, officiating. Burial will follow the service at the parish cemetery.

Delores passed away peacefully at The Good Shepherd Lutheran Home June 26, 2024. She was born Aug. 22, 1932, to Ferdinand and Clara Koehn. On June 14, 1952, she married Walter Jopp at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Krain Township. Together, they built a loving home on a farm south of Albany and were blessed with nine children, 11 grandchildren, and nine (plus one on the way) great-grandchildren.

Delores was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, known for her nurturing spirit and strong work ethic. She managed to care for her six boys and three girls while maintaining a large garden, famous for its bountiful produce and delicious canned goods. She loved sharing her gardening skills and the joy of gathering eggs with her grandchildren, who fondly refer to her as “Grandma Bock-Bock.” Delores also enjoyed watching Twins baseball and listening to Huskie sports on the radio.

In her retirement years, Delores enjoyed all types of puzzles, word searches and embroidery. During her time at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, she became known as quite the singer and even taught the staff to sing her favorite song, “Du, du liegst mir am Herzen,” in German. She truly enjoyed the wonderful staff and her new resident friends there.

Her boundless love and dedication to her family were evident in everything she did. A mother holds her children’s hands for a while …, their hearts forever. For all the sacrifices, for all the care, we hold you near. You will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved you.

Delores is survived by her children, Thomas Jopp of Avon, Timothy (LuAnn) Jopp of Albany, Patricia (John) McGreevy of St. Cloud, Wayne Jopp of Albany, Jean Rushmeyer of Albany, James (Renee) Jopp of St. Joseph, Daniel (Robin) Jopp of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Joani (Joe) Mergen of Albany, and Christopher (Jennifer) Jopp of Milaca; brother Carl Koehn of Bloomington; 11 grandchildren and nine and a half great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter; parents; brother Robert (Shirley) Koehn; sister Norma (Earl) Metzger; son-in-law Steve Rushmeyer; and daughter-in-law Connie Jopp. Mom, “Du, du liegst mir am Herzen ” — “You, you are in my heart.”

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.