November 30, 1961 - July 2, 2013
Michael Kopel, age 51, of Olivia died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. A memorial mass will be held Monday, July 22nd at 10:30 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church with Rev. Mark Mallak as celebrant. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Monday at the church for one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.
Michael Carl Kopel was born November 30, 1961 at Olivia, MN to Thomas and Carla (Erickson) Kopel. Mike grew up in Olivia and graduated from Olivia High School in 1980. He was a lifelong farmer and also raised hogs. Mike had enjoyed ice fishing, playing cards, following the Minnesota Twins, and just being outdoors. Mike also enjoyed his cats and dogs and especially liked spending time with his friends.
Mike is survived by his parents Tom and Carla Kopel of Olivia; his six siblings: Theresa (and Allie) Cook of Cottage Grove, Kevin (and Doreen) Kopel of Lake Lillian, Tony Kopel of Olivia, Rodney Kopel of Olivia, Keith Kopel of Olivia, and Connie (and Travis) Schlosser of Miltona; his nieces and nephews: Chris Cook (and special friend Rachel), Josh Cook, Peter Cook (and special friend Missy), Kristina Schlosser, Tyler Schlosser, Kyle Schlosser and Katelyn Schlosser; his two great-nephews: Charlie Cook and Colton Schlosser; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Blessed Be His Memory
JoJo and Pete SchmollGilly was our best friend. He was always there to help or just visit. We have many memories and had a lot of fun. He will be greatly missed. We were lucky to have such a great friend. We will never have another friend as good as Gilly !
Kim (Fitzner) McFallMy deepest sympathy goes out to Mike's family and friends at this most difficult time. May you find comfort in the memories you shared.
Lisa (Kosak) KnopsMy deepest sympathy to Mike's famiy - my prayers are with you all. We were "locker buddies" in school since they were assigned alphabetically. :) May God's grace and blessings be with you in this time of sorrow.
kathy tauberGilly you will sure be missed i met u from JoJo and Pete you were so goood to me you stored my stuff for me at your farm I still have a drink ticket you bought me and u signed it telling me so i wont forget who bought it You were a fun guy and will be misse by all who knew you love Kathy Tauber
Diana (Laffen) HoodTo the family of Mike Kopel - I was very saddened to hear of Mike's passing. I think back to our high school days, and I remember Mike being quiet (for the most part), with a sense of humor, hanging with the other "farm boys" in the halls! He had an infectious smile! May memories of Mike stay with you, and God bless you all!
George PfefferGood friends are hard to make , but easy to loose .
Lila Tauber KappingI met Gilly through my son-in-law Peter Schmoll and My daughter Jo. Gilly had a heart of gold, and was always willing to help if he could. I remember he came out to my farm and mowed for me, refusing payment when it was offered. He spent a lot of time with Peter and Jo. His death has saddened many people, and he will certainly be remembered and missed by them. My sympathies to his family and to his very close friends.
Lila and Mark Kapping
Jerry NegenI am sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I remember Mike as a good classmate friend.
Abbi GosewischI met gilly when i was young, through my mom, Jo, and step dad, Pete.
I remember Gilly was the 1st person to let me drive. Going to his farm and sitting in the hot tub. Going to work at the shop and he was there helping and joking around. He would come to our house to visit and play games with us girls.
Cayson always enjoyed calling you after he was done helping Grandpa Pete with chores.
My thoughts and prayers, as his family and friends go through this hard time!
Gilly will br greatly missed!
Hanna TauberI met Gilly though my mother, Jojo and also my step-father Peter. Gilly was always at our house for dinner, supper, and just to visit us. He use to spend time with my sisters and I. I remember when I was around 7 and he cut my hair. It will always be one of those memories that will bring a smile to my face. Gilly was a great guy and will be truly missed! Prayers go out to his family and friends.
Brenda (Kohout) JohnsonSo sorry for your loss. He was a great guy and has been in my prayers for a long time. I will continue to pray for him. He was a great friend to many. Again, my condolences to the whole family. We will meet him again in heaven.