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St. John's Lutheran Church
Monday July 18th, 2022
12:00pm - 1:00pm

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St. John's Lutheran Church
Monday July 18th, 2022

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Ruth Margaret Poppe

Ruth’s life began on August 30, 1928, in Faribault, Minn. She was the daughter of Hugo and Margaret (Krause) Velzke. Ruth was educated at Concordia School and University in Seward, Neb. She was assigned to teach at St. John’s Lutheran school in Lincolnville, and later went to Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia for her bachelor's degree in education.


Ruth married Vernon W. “Bum” Poppe on August 14, 1949, in Faribault, Minn. They raised their family in Lincolnville, Kan., for 45 years before she moved to Clay Center, Kan., following Bum’s passing. She was an elementary school teacher in Pilsen and Lost Springs, retiring in 1990 from the Centre Unified District. She was a faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lincolnville, serving as the church organist for over 50 years. Ruth enjoyed quilting and belonged to quilting guilds in Hillsboro and Clay Center.


She is survived by her children Wayne (Connie) Poppe of Oklahoma City and Janelle Poppe of Olathe, Kan.; daughter-in-law Carol Poppe of Overland Park and son-in-law Ron Koster of Clay Center; grandchildren Kevin (Jen) Poppe of Overland Park, David (Sarah) Poppe of Overland Park, Katherine (Will) Tarr of Overland Park, Andi Sullivan of Norman, Okla., Matthew (Jaena) Poppe of Edmond, Okla., Nathan Poppe of Oklahoma City, Jamie Koster of Clay Center, Brett (Andrea) Koster of Chapman and Megan (Cane) Griffiths of Wakefield; great-grandchildren Marin, Campbell, Owen, Abigail, Connor, Callie, Heath, Rhett, Bo, Farah, Ellie, Rylee, Raegan, Sawyer, Emmie, and Amelia; and her sister Jane Teschke of Roseville, Minn.


Ruth passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at Avdena Living in Clay Center. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Vernon(Bum), children Tom Poppe and Marsha Koster, granddaughter Erin Koster and grandson-in-law Barry Sullivan.


Ruth’s family will gather with friends on Monday, July 18, 2022, at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Lincolnville from noon until 1 p.m. after which funeral services will be led by Pastor Alan Stahlecker. She will be laid to rest in Lincolnville Cemetery. Yazel Megli Funeral Home, Marion, is serving the family. Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lincolnville. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Ruth at www.yazelmeglifh.com.

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A candle was lit in memory of Ruth Poppe

Barb Haefner Schwarz Jul 16 2022 7:21 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ruth Poppe

Jane Velzke Teschke, Sister Jul 15 2022 11:08 AM

I'm saddened to learn of Ruth's passing. My grandpa was Victor Hartke, A cousin to the Poppe clan. He grew up in the Lost Springs and Lincolnville area. He loved talking about his adventures with his cousins.

Kathy Mastin Jul 15 2022 2:54 AM

Ruth was a loyal friend to many . When she taught Mid-week classes at St. Johns Lutheran in Lincolnville, I was privileged to baby sit her two oldest children. She baked the best date pinwheel cookies, and frequently there'd be a fresh batch spread on the kitchen counter, which she generously offered as a snack. In later years, I learned to know her as a friend of my mother, and of Verna Lewerenz. She was a good friend.

Connie(Riffel) Lueker Jul 15 2022 12:20 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ruth Poppe

Tamara Deines Jul 14 2022 6:39 PM