JELLOWAY — Jean Sutton Koppert died at her Jelloway home of 60 years on Jan. 19, 2010, with family, surrounded by family pictures, books, and furnishings that she had selected and arranged to suit her personal sense of history, art and comfort. A 1943 graduate of St. Clairsville High School, she was 84.
Jean was born July 6, 1925, in East McKeesport, Pa., to Harold and Zora Harvison Sutton. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 57 years, Robert Koppert. She was also preceded in death by sister-in-law, Mirriem Koppert Segrist; and brother-in-law, Jack Koppert; as well as nephew, Kevin Koppert; and niece, Stephanie Sutton.
With a warm welcoming smile and easy laughter, Jean remained youthful as she aged gracefully into grandmotherhood. She was a lover of the arts and gifted natural singer who woke late-sleepers in her house with lilting soprano solos improvised as she sang, drawing on diverse musical sources ranging from opera to the themes from Disney’s “Snow White.”
When Jean applied for a teaching position as a 1947 graduate of Muskingum College, Loudonville Superintendent R.F. McMullen personally toured her through both the school and community, even showing her an apartment in town, which she then shared with fellow teacher Eunice Hill. Soon after, she met and married Robert Koppert, who had just returned from World War II service in Central Europe. They met at the Farmers and Savings Bank, where he was working as a bank teller. She worked with other young teachers — Ethel Foster, Evelyn Gorrell and Mary Strouse — all of whom married about the same time, and who remained lifelong friends, just recently gathering in Jean’s home to share memories.
In the 1960s she took graduate language classes in Mexico, to prepare for teaching Spanish in the elementary schools as an innovative enhancement to the foreign language program in the Loudonville schools.
A longtime member of the Progress Club, she enjoyed presenting book reviews at their meetings and to other community groups. After retiring from teaching to care for her mother, she later was recruited by library board president and uncle, JB Stout, to become a librarian at the Loudonville Public Library — suiting her love of books and people.
Jean is survived by sons, Rob Koppert of New York City, Eric (Dana Dodge) Koppert of rural Knox County, and Bruce Koppert of Worthington; and four grandsons, Eric, Sam, Tom and Jack Koppert. She is also survived by her brother, the Rev. Walt (Edie) Sutton. Among her close extended family are brothers and sisters-in-law, Dick (Sandy) Segrist and Jean (Ted) McClain Smith; cousins, Dave (Sarah) Dowds, Eva Dowds, Pat (Dave) Harrison and Isabel; nieces and nephews, Cary (Donna) Koppert, Rae (Mark) White, Toni (Dirk) Koppert, Harold (Mary) Sutton, Jami (Bob) Gray and Jill (Tom) Charlton; and great-nephews and nieces, Ryden, Tyler, Kristie, Jack, Jason, Karie, Raleigh, Tanner, Taylor, Cooper, Collin, Katie and Evelyn.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 13, beginning with a musical prelude at 1:30 p.m. and the service at 2 p.m., in Jelloway United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jack Dearth will officiate. The family requests memorial contributions to The Loudonville Public Library, 122 E. Main St., Loudonville; or Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
The Byerly-Lindsey Funeral Home, Loudonville, is honored to assist the family with funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the home or online at www.Byerly-Lindsey.com.