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“Don was a great friend and co-worker. I worked with him in fabrication at Wausau Metals. He never spoke an unkind word, and was a very good friend to...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Kevin Robbins - Wausau, WI

“Dear Ken, Solange, Amy and Family, So sorry to hear about your dad's passing, Ken. We are thinking and praying for you and your family. Our...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Carol Betancourt - Wausau, WI

“I was so sorry that I did not get to see Don Don prior to his passing. I really missed him after he left Rennes but continued to say prayers for him....Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Bonnie Scheerer - WI

“I am thinking of you all and sending my prayers. Uncle Donny maybe up in heaven but he will always be in our hearts forever! ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Shari Streeter - Benicia, CA

“I knew Don from our days in the Guard and at Ft Lewis. He was a good friend and a great fellow. You have my condolence on his passing. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Jim Czech - Vail, AZ

“My Prayers and thoughts go out to the family. You have been thru so much with your dad. I know his memories will always be with you, as you will cary...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Mike Jennejohn - Wausau, WI

“Elaine, Dave and Family, We are sorry for your loss--I know my mother always had wonderful things to say and stories to share about Donny. Our...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Kimberly and David Wuthenow - IL


Donald H. Koppa, 77, died April 4, 2011, at Allison House in Schofield, under the care of Ministry Health Care Hospice Service. In October 2010, Don was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Since his diagnosis, Don has been an inspiration to those around him for the courageous and selfless manner in which he faced the new challenges before him. He didn't complain, and always had a smile. He was born August 8, 1933, in Wausau, son of Tony and Frances (Pietrowski) Koppa, the oldest of six children. On May 14, 1960, he married Elaine Habeck at Holy Name Church. They celebrated 50 years of marriage together last summer with a surprise party given by their children. Before retiring from Wausau Metals in 1998, Don drove a delivery truck for Mrs. Karl's Bakery, and Nabisco; and worked at Green Bay Packaging, and Schuette's One-Stop Building Center. He also served 14 years in the National Guard 132nd Red Arrow Division and served during the Berlin Crisis in 1961-62 at Fort Lewis, Washington. Don enjoyed being outside. He liked spending weekends at the cottage with his family and friends, and fishing. He took pride in taking care of his flower gardens and large vegetable garden, which he generously shared the bounty of with friends. He liked reading, listening to polkas, feeding the birds, and relaxing outside in his favorite chair in the company of his cat. Don will be remembered for his hard work, sense of humor, willingness to help out, his smile, and his geraniums and marigolds. He is survived by his wife Elaine, two daughters, Loretta "Lori" Songer of Sierra Vista, AZ, and Joanne (Patrick) Janke of Ramsey, MN; and son Ken (Solange Fuentes), Wausau; grandchildren include Chad, Andrew, Jenna, Garrett, Elizabeth, and Amy. He is also survived by two brothers Gerald (Phyllis) and David (Penny Larson), and three sisters Shirley (Neil) Slamka, Marie (Bernard) Olbrantz of Wausau, and Theresa (Joe) Jurkowski of Franklin, WI; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece. The funeral mass will be celebrated Noon Thursday, April 7, 2011 at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Wausau. Rev. Robert Thorn will preside. Friends may call Thursday from 10:00 to Noon all at the church. Entombment will be in Memorial Chapel Mausoleum, Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Ministry Health Care Hospice; Allison House, Schofield; or the Caring Bridge website. Don's family would like to thank the staff at Rennes Health and Rehabilitation Center, Ministry Health Care Hospice, and Allison House, for the loving care Don received during the past months. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Avenue, Wausau, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com