Elizabeth Jane Koopman
June 1, 1929 - December 30, 2009
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Jane Koopman passed away with loving family by her side on December 30, 2009, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Jane was born Elizabeth Jane Hayes on June 1, 1929, in Rochester, Indiana. Her parents, Raymond and Ruth (Carruthers) Hayes, were both teachers. Jane showed an early love of and aptitude for music and played several instruments including…

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Ruth Bravick- Graveline left a message on April 26, 2010:
I remember "Mrs. Koopman", well. Once a week, at Edison Elementary, she'd roll her piano on wheels, into our classroom. She had to be one of the most cheerful, happy teachers, ever! Lucky for us, to have had her! My sympathy goes out to her family. Sincerely, Ruth Bravick-Graveline
Joy Wege Hussey left a message on April 26, 2010:
Ms. Koopman was a wonderful music teacher. She helped develop a love of music in so many children like myself at Edison Elementary. My thoughts are with you during this time.
Brenda Rogney-Young left a message on April 25, 2010:
I had Mrs. Koopman as a music teacher for many years when I was at Badger Elementary school. That was 35 years ago. I still impress people when I can sing in alphabetical order all the states of the U.S. I always tell people I learned that in grade school from my music teacher, Mrs. Koopman. Supercalfagilistic was another favorite song of mine Mrs. Koopman taught us. So sorry for your loss, but her memory will remain forever in our hearts. Sincerly, Brenda Young
Kristine Sack left a message on April 25, 2010:
Mrs. Koopman was my music teacher for 6 grades at Twin Willows Elementary School in Appleton. She was a gifted musician and had incredible patience to put up with teaching an entire school's worth of music classes. I remember her teaching us the recorder in 6th grade, and our prize piece was a selection from the movie Star Wars. I started playing violin in 5th grade and had a separate teacher for that, but Mrs. Koopman helped spur my life-long love of classical music. I will always remember her fondly.
Susan Stockwell Andereck left a message on April 16, 2010:
Wow... Jane was so sweet, sincere, soft-spoken & deeply talented at many things... I think I loved her the moment we met. I had the immense privelege of being one of her student teachers. She put her protective wings around me & began to show me what was possible even at the elementary level. Evenings with her on the easy chairs brought popcorn, planning & her endless sparkle... her smile... her eyes were the perfect window to a most perfect & beautiful soul. John was both mine & my husband's voice teacher at Lawrence 78-82'. I was truly blessed to be led thru song & music by 2 wonderful Guides. I will be eternally grateful for the care & guidance given to me by both Jane & John Koopman. Hearts & Flowers... Love & Everlasting Life be theirs. Susan & Tony Andereck 82'
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Deb Bowser left a message on April 6, 2010:
Mrs. Koopman was my elementary school music teacher and she also taught me how to play the guitar. What an amazing lady!
Shahzore Shah left a message on March 13, 2010:
I was extremely privileged to take sight-singing classes from Mrs. Koopman. She was incredibly encouraging and affirming, always keenly identifying students' needs. I will always remember her smile and the kindness in her voice.
Angie Luck left a message on January 30, 2010:
I am very sorry for the loss of such a shining star in our lives. I feel blessed that Jane touched my life and the lives of the residents at Peabody Manor. Whenever Jane and Elaine were scheduled to play, my parents would try to come from out of state just to be a part of it. I can picture her smile and looks she would get on her face that would speak volumes and hear her soft lilting voice, so full of wit. My thoughts are with your family.
Peggy Zornow left a message on January 29, 2010:
I will forever fondly remember "Mrs. Koopman". She was the best music teacher an elementary school student could ever have. Oh how I would look forward to music class--when the piano would role in the door being pushed by her. You could hear it coming down the hall and all the kids would get excited!! That was just about 40 years ago and I bet Richmond School has not since had a better music teacher that loved the kids as much as she. As a child, I could just tell she cared......she will be missed by many.
Grace Butler Sheely left a message on January 19, 2010:
Koopman Family: My prayers and thoughts are with you. We will all miss this part of our "village". She taught well and raised wonderful kids...all of Edison and a few from Madison Junior High.
Chad Nehring left a message on January 18, 2010:
My sympathies to the family of Mrs. Koopman. I had Mrs. Koopman as a music teacher at Badger Elementary back in the day...and can remember being picked as "piano helper" a few times...dragging this (had to be) 8 ton piano up and down the hall along with her...while she was singing a song she had created about moving the piano. That, and learning how to play the recorder...I'm proud to say I can still play a tune on my daughter's recorder. Great memories and I hope you find some comfort in knowing how many lives she touched.
Catherine Kautsky left a message on January 16, 2010:
Thank you so much for your note, John. I hope very much that I can attend the memorial celebration. May we all go having shared as much joy and song! What a wonderful tribute-- Very best, Cathy Kautsky
Mark Magnani left a message on January 16, 2010:
Dear Professor Koopman, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Jane. I have such fond memories not only of my time at Lawrence getting to know both of you, but also of the many years that we shared Saturday nights together at the Lyric. I wish I had the words to express my saddness for both you and your family. She was a wonderful woman who I feel privileged to have known. You are in my thoughts. --Mark
Chris Wogaman left a message on January 16, 2010:
I was sorry to hear of Mrs. Koopman's death. She was such a fabulous solfege and sight-singing teacher, and was always graceful, thoughtful, and kind. I will carry fond memories of her always. My sincerest condolences to her husband, children & grandchildren & all who love & miss her.
Laurie Woltman left a message on January 15, 2010:
I was a student of Jane Koopman at Lawrence University. I will always remember her kind and gentle nature. I think of her often as I teach my music students. She was a generous mentor and I will always be grateful for her encouragement.
Linda Bjella left a message on January 11, 2010:
I am so grateful to have known Jane. Our daughter, Sarah, had the privilege of having Jane as her music teacher at Twin Willows, and then our other children, Eric and Megan, were the fortunate recipients of her donated time producing radio plays at Houdini. But it was Jane's lovely, soothing voice that all our children will remember. Megan could never go to sleep in her infancy without us playing Jane's lullabye tape. That famous (and well used) Jane Koopman cassette tape has now been passed on to our grandchildren with whom she continues to share her angel voice. Jane, you touched our family deeply. -Linda Bjella
Tom and Dorothy Loescher left a message on January 11, 2010:
Our condolences to the family. She was a great lady.
John and Lois Haugner left a message on January 10, 2010:
Warmest Love,
Chris and Marty Finkler left a message on January 9, 2010:
Our deepest sympathies. We are delighted that we were able to share dinners with Jane and John during our first years at Lawrence. Chris and Marty Finkler
Phyllis Klee left a message on January 9, 2010:
To the Koopman family, I had the priviledge of knowing Jane for over 25 years through Wednesday Musicale. She was always so gracious in sharing her incredible knowledge of all things music. She was a wonderful accompanist who always had so much insight and background of the piece we were performing to enhance me as a singer. I am grateful that she was a part of my life and I miss her.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Alex Fenlon left a message on January 9, 2010:
I remember Mrs. Koopman very fondly from grade school music classes. Her love of music and us was clear every time we picked up our orff mallets and pounded away! And I do remember her beautiful voice bursting forth without a moment's notice! My sister and I were just reminiscing last week about Mrs. Koopman and her wonderful disposition. Thank you Mrs. Koopman for instilling and encouraging my lifelong love of music!
Anna Treece left a message on January 9, 2010:
She will be greatly missed. She made Edison Elementary music class an event we all looked forward to!
Elizabeth Mazurak left a message on January 8, 2010:
I have known Jane since I first came to Appleton right out of college. I was an elementary music teacher also, and an advocate of the Kodally and Orff music ed. philosophies. I fondly remember many discussions at staff meetings and later reminiscences at Wednesday Musicale. Jane was a charming person and will be missed by many.
Peter and Marlys Fritzell left a message on January 8, 2010:
To John and family, Please know that we continue to treasure our memories of this woman who commanded the rapt attention of an otherwise wiggly, rambunctious crowd with her initial strokes on a keyboard. Those children knew that something good was about to occur. What skill, what imagination she had. Please keep us informed about the memorial service in May. Love, Pete and Marlys Fritzell
Bonnie Peters Hartzheim left a message on January 8, 2010:
I have fond memories growing up with Mrs. Koopman teaching us the love of music. I, and my 3 older sisters, all were privileged to have such a wonderful teacher while we were students at Badger Elementary many years ago. I will never forget her smile and kindness, and I am sure many others feel the same. God bless us all, and may she rest in peace.
Virginia Magnus left a message on January 8, 2010:
The world was a better place because of Jane. She will be missed greatly. The Magnus Family,Virginia, Therese & Ann (former neighbors on Lawe St.)
Jennifer Griffith left a message on January 8, 2010:
Mrs. Koopman was my music teacher at Edison School, and she is the reason why I am an elementary music teacher today. I have so many fond memories of all of the sing-alongs and operettas I experienced, as well as the great songs I learned from her. I am now teaching my students many of the songs that I learned from her. I totally agree that she is the "Best Music Teacher in the World!" Thank you Mrs. Koopman, for sharing your love of music with me and so many others! You will always be remembered fondly.
Rick Bjella left a message on January 8, 2010:
Dear John, I will never forget that the two of you were the very first to welcome me to Lawrence and all of the wonderful time with Jane as she mentored me on so many issues with music education. Our blessings to you and your family. Jane was indeed a blessing to all of us who had the good fortune to know her. with love, Rick Bjella
David Heyer left a message on January 7, 2010:
What a wonderful teacher she was. But more importantly, what a wonderful person she was. I'm very sad that she is gone, but I'm very glad that I had the opportunity to learn from her and get to know her. We love you "Grandma" Koopman!
Marcy Russell left a message on January 7, 2010:
I owe my love for Solfege and sight-reading to both Jane and John Koopman. I have fond memories of singing duets and trios from Melodia, and asking Jane to sing random songs with solfege syllables at the drop of a hat. She never made a mistake! Her musical legacy lives on in my students who learn Sol-fa and love it! You will be in my prayers.
Rebecca (Marsh) Redmann LU'95 left a message on January 7, 2010:
Mr. Koopman and family, I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Mrs. Koopman. She was a marvelous teacher, and her patience knew no boundaries. Mrs. Koopman inspired me to become a better singer, musician and teacher than I would have been capable of on my own. Every time I see a tuning fork, I think of her--and I always will. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Rebecca.
Rachel Beck left a message on January 7, 2010:
I remember one morning in Mrs. Koopman's sight-singing class explaining that I was feeling sad and didn't think I could sing. "You will always feel better if you can sing," Mrs. Koopman told me. She was right. To all her family: Mrs. Koopman was such a warm and caring soul and an excellent teacher. Thanks so much for sharing her with us Lawrence students.
Tom Clowes left a message on January 7, 2010:
"Grandma Koopman" had the best Lawrence sight-singing class! I remember our entire class loved to go to class because she made singing fun! And what spirit she had - kind and bursting with energy. Thank you, Mrs. Koopman, and blessings upon you.
Jenee O'Connor left a message on January 7, 2010:
Jane Koopman's legacy lives on in my life as I have taught everyone I teach the "sol-mi-mi/do-la-la" exercise that she taught me as a freshman in college learning solfeg for the first time. She converted me to the Kodaly method. :)
Jessica Fogle left a message on January 7, 2010:
Ms. Koopman had a HUGE impact on my musical training! She is one of my fondest memories of my time at LU conservatory. I learned so much from her--to this day, my sightsinging is so radically improved from before I took her classes. I currently teach piano and voice, and I love passing on her wonderful training and wisdom to my students. I'm also a performer, and feel so blessed for the skills I learned from her that I now take for granted. Many well-wishes and condolences to her family, I'm sure you already how know she gave so much to so many. What she gave to me alone is priceless! :-) Jessica Fogle
Linda West left a message on January 7, 2010:
Jane and I knew each other because of our interest in Quilting. She was a woman with multiple talents. Our small quilt group would always enjoy seeing her beautiful quilt projects. Jane would often grace us with a song during our meeting. She also shared many stories that proved how proud she was of every member of her family. My thoughts and prayers are going out to all of you during this difficult time.
Jessica Bozeman Hronchek left a message on January 7, 2010:
Mrs. Koopman forms some of the earliest memories of my music learning experience. I will always remember her lessons of "music street" and her warmth in the classroom, as well as her presence as a dear family friend. My heartfelt condolences to all of her family.
Mark Scheffler, Karen Bruno and Will Scheffler left a message on January 7, 2010:
I was a voice student of John Koopman for five years, and I remember fondly the many studio dinners that I enjoyed at the Koopman residence. I also remember Jane's strong advocacy for singing and for the importance of music education, especially in the elementary and middle school levels. Karen and I will miss her greatly. Our sincere condolences go out to John and to the extended Koopman family.
Bob and Andrea Bauman left a message on January 7, 2010:
Our family remembers Jane Koopman very well. She was a huge part of our sons' (and ours) lives at Edison Elementary School in the 1980s. She taught them the love of music, which is still an important part of their lives today. From the Operettas to the regular music classes, she will always be remembered at Edison and beyond. What a lovely, kind and gentle soul she was! We are all saddened at her passing, but please know that she will remain in our hearts forever! Thank you, Jane, from the Baumans
Linda Rieden left a message on January 7, 2010:
I remember Mrs. Koopman from Badger Elementary School in Appleton. She taught me how to sing, and I still love it. Mr. Koopman came one day with her and he sang "If I Were a Rich Man" and "If I Had a Hammer" and I remember thinking how funny it was that both songs started with the word "if". The last time I saw Mrs. Koopman was just over a year ago when she performed at Lawrence Memorial Chapel in a recorder group, accompanying my chorus and various other groups in a Spring concert. We actually talked for a bit, and she said she remembered my brother [Michael] and his singing. She was a lovely person and performer and will certainly be missed by so many people!
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Tani Mann left a message on January 7, 2010:
Koopman Family, I have excellent memories of Mrs Koopman throughout my childhood! Peace & comfort to you all. Truly, Tani Mann
Julie Pappas left a message on January 7, 2010:
To the Koopman family -our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Jane was a woman with so many talents! She shared her love of music with us during our "Quilt Group" meetings. She was an incredible quilter - her beautiful quilts, table runners and wall hangings were a joy to see! Our children have grown up listening to her lullaby tape...what a treasure that has become! I will miss Jane's stories and enthusiasm for music, quilting, cards, cooking and travel. I am grateful Jane was a part of my life.
frank Rippl left a message on January 7, 2010:
My wife, Carol Jegen and I, wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family of our dear friend and college, Jane Koopman. She was an inspiration to us in all that she did. Her life was devoted to teaching and she did it better than any of us. Someone like her cannot be replaced.
Patrick Warfield left a message on January 7, 2010:
Dear Koopman family: I am so saddened to hear of Mrs. Koopman's passing. I entered her sight singing class convinced that I had a terrible ear and a horrible voice. Her incredible patience and remarkable teaching not only got me through sight singing and ear training, but also made me a better teacher. I'll never forget solfege to Peter Grimes. Thank you, Mrs. Koopman!
John C. Haugner, Jr. left a message on January 6, 2010:
John, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. John & Lynn Haugner
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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