Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 6, 2013

Mary Margaret Koper

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Mary Margaret Koper, 65, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Munson Hospice House, surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born on Sept. 9, 1948, in Petoskey, to the late Aldwin and Cecelia (Haidysh) Wager.

She married Thomas Walter Koper on Nov. 17, 1978, in Petoskey, and then moved to Traverse City. Together they lovingly raised two boys.

Mary was a dedicated homemaker and enjoyed being able to stay at home to raise her boys and her dogs. She was a wonderful cook and baker and made delicious chocolate chip cookies. She loved exploring the internet, working in the garden and watching animal rescue shows on Animal Planet.

Mary was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.

She will be remembered for her strong personality, warm smile and love for her family.

Surviving Mary are her husband, Tom; sons, Jason “Jay” Koper and Michael “Mike” Koper; grandchildren, Daeana and Velencia; brother, Bob (Linda) Wager; two dogs, Bo and Keeper; and many other loving family members and friends.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Deacon Rene Hoenscheid will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be directed to AC Paws.

Please sign Mary’s online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.