Kopp, Fred A.
For better or for worse.
In sickness and in health
Till death do us part……
Fred kept these marriage vows to his loving wife, Mary, for almost fifty-four years. With baseball in hand, he passed away peacefully in his home on Friday morning, May 8th, after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma (brain cancer) on February 24th. He joins his precious daughter, Sue (Suzi) who preceded him in death last August 25th.
Fred is survived by his wife, Mary, and their three sons -Mark (Andrea) of Canton, MI., John (Cheryl) of Oak Creek, WI and Jeffrey (Jennifer) of Muskego, WI. He is also survived by his brother John of Shopiere, WI. , nine grandchildren- Alex (Marissa) Jaskulski, Dan (Emily) Callies, Evan, Lauren, Ashley, Megan, Ryan, Erin and Rachel Kopp and one great-grandson-Alder Callies.
The older son of the late Ross (Andy) and Marjorie Kangas Kopp, Fred was born in Shopiere, WI on June 29, 1939. He graduated from Clinton, WI High School and the University of WI Whitewater with a degree in accounting. However, Fred was an entrepreneur at heart and in 1982 created what became a successful physician recruitment resource company.
Fred was an avid baseball and softball fan and player for most of his life. At seventeen, he was recruited by the then New York Giants to join them for Spring Training in Sanford, FL. For the past twenty-five years, Fred played senior softball year-round in Milwaukee and Venice, FL. He was an amazing shortstop and hitter and was member of the 1999 World Champion Senior Softball Team. In 2014, Fred was named one of the All-American players of the year.
Words cannot express the love Fred had for his children and grandchildren. Known as the #1 Superfan, “Papa” rarely missed a game, match or event, always reminding his grandkids to perform or play with energy and joy. He was a true family man who welcomed every opportunity to spend time with family. Both he and Mary especially enjoyed all the family visits to their Florida villa during the past fifteen years.
Fred will be dearly missed by his family and all who knew him. He will be remembered for his positive attitude, generous spirit, infectious laugh and awesome hugs. Until we meet again….
Funeral arrangements are pending with a Mass of Christian Burial to be said at St. Mary Parish of Hales Corners, WI. later this summer.
And finally, Fred’s family would like to thank and express sincere appreciation to the Aurora-at-Home Hospice Team who treated him with such tender care, love and compassion during his final days-Katie, Cindy, Lindsay, Jerry and Pam.