Gertrude Kropa

Gertrude Faye Kropa (Schwartz)

Wednesday, April 28th, 1926 - Saturday, September 12th, 2020
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Gertrude Faye (Schwartz) "Gert" Kropa, 94, died peacefully in her Meredith, NH home with her loving family by her side on September 12, 2020.

Gertie was born on April 28, 1926 in Berne, Adams County, Indiana to Christian W.R. and Minnie (Sprunger) Schwartz she was raised on the family farm and was the youngest of six sisters and two brothers. The family also included one half-brother, two stepsisters and one stepbrother.

After graduating high school, Gertie moved to Fort Wayne, IN where she worked and became an active member of the local YWCA. It was at a mixer sponsored by the YMCA where she met her future husband, Gomer “Whitey” Kropa. After their marriage on July 1, 1950 the young couple moved to Indianapolis where they began their family. Ten years and 3 children later, the family moved to North Reading, MA where they were blessed with their fourth child. In 1978, Gertie and Whitey moved to Centerville, MA on Cape Cod. It was during this time that the couple enjoyed traveling to Europe, Great Britain, Africa, South America, Australia, and New Zealand.

They were happily married for 54 years at the time of Whitey’s passing in 2004. Gert relocated shortly thereafter to Meredith NH to be near to her daughter Susan, and family.

Gertie’s most cherished times were spent with her family. She enjoyed many pastimes such as sewing, baking, and singing in the church choirs. Throughout her life she was a woman of great faith. She will always be remembered for her positivity, her generous spirit and her meticulously crafted 14-layer Jell-O mold.

The family includes four children, Dale E. Kropa and wife Janet, William A. Kropa and wife Catherine, Susan M. Kropa and husband Greg Schneberger, and Wayne R. Kropa and wife Julie; 6 grandchildren, Erik Kropa and his wife Jill, Evan Kropa and his wife Emily, Rachel Kropa and her husband Jack Whigham, Madeleine Burnley and her husband Lucas, Matthew Schneberger and Robin Kropa; 5 great grandchildren, Brandt and Christian Kropa, Barlow and Winston Burnley, and Millie Faye Whigham.

She was predeceased by her youngest son Wayne who died tragically in 2000; her 5 sisters; Ruth Brown, Mary Bahner, Vera Lehman, Virginia Sprunger, Anna Gilliom and her 2 brothers; Ernest Schwartz, Harold Schwartz and her half-brother Larry Schwartz. She was also predeceased by 3 step siblings Rosie Kuhn, Darrell Wagner, and Coleen Allmandinger.

Services will be held in Berne, Indiana at the family’s convenience in early 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Laconia, NH or the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association, Meredith, NH.
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Elsie Shute

Posted at 12:37pm
I will truly miss my dear friend Gert. To the family so sorry to hear of her passing. She was one of a kind. Prayers to you all. Elsie Shute.

Deborah Sekou

Posted at 11:12am
I am so sorry to learn of Gert's passing. I always loved seeing her at church. She loved to say hello to my dog, Trixie, and Trixie loved the attention she was given. Gert's pew will look awfully empty (when we finally get back to our building) - both she and Sue Bucknam held their spots for as long as I can remember. I feel a deep sense of loss for Gert, who shared her positive spirit with us all. My condolences to your family. She will be missed by so many. May your memories and love carry you through the coming days, knowing that she will live on in our memories, too. Debba Sekou

Bev Nelson

Posted at 08:12am
Dear Susan and all of Gert's family,
We at Good Shepherd Church are so sorry for your lose.. Gert will be missed.
Bev Nelson

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