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“Mike and family,Sorry for the loss of your mother. She was also kind to me and very courageous women. Many fine memories at your house.Scott Ramker ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Scott Ramker - Waverly, IA

“Jack and family, we are sorry for your loss, our hearts go out to you. We hope in some ways Betty is at peace with her health as it was. ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Bruce & Barb Johnson - Rochester, MN

“Koopal Family, so sorry for your lose. Sue, your Mom was always so wonderful and kind. May you find peace knowing she is pain free and in heaven. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Carrie Tietz - Nashua, IA

“Dear Betty, I never met a woman of so much love, strength, warmth, courage and determination. The girls couldn't have had a better role model and...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Debbie koopal - Scottsdale

“Dear Grandma, Even though you are gone, your love will be with me through tough times and happy times. I love you so much. Hannah ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Hannah Koopal - Scottsdale, AZ

“Dear Grandma, I wish I had more time to spend with you. I think of you often. Your love is in my heart where it will always stay. I love you very...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Gemma Koopal - Scottsdale, AZ

“Dear Grandma, I love you very much. You meant everything to me and I will miss you very much. love sarah ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Sarah Koopal - Scottsdale, AZ

“We are so sorry to hear about Betty. All the years I knew her she was in a wheelchair. She had to have pain most of the time, but now we know all...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Darryl and Mary Ann Johnson - MN

Betty, 77, passed away Friday, September 30, 2011 at Methodist West Hospital in West Des Moines. Memorial service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 4 at Merle Hay Funeral Home.

Betty Joan Koopal, daughter of John and Bessie (Herr) Madson, was born September 19, 1934 in Albert Lea, MN. She attended school in Austin, MN, and graduated in 1952. Following graduation, she worked as a secretary in an insurance agency until marrying John "Jack" Koopal. They were united in marriage on May 4, 1957 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Austin, MN. Betty's married life was spent focused on her family.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, LeVerne; and her sister, Rose.

Those left to remember Betty include her husband, Jack; her children: Steven (Debbie) of Scottsdale, AZ, Craig (Ann) of Urbandale, Susan (Steve) Krider of Norwalk, and Michael (Mae) of Columbia Falls, MT; and her eight grandchildren: Jacqueline, John, Zach, Aaron, Hannah, Gemma, Sarah and Case.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be donated to the Arthritis Foundation.