Amelia Cerise Kopp
Amelia Cerise Kopp was delivered by a midwife to Northern Italian immigrants Onorina and Albert Cerise at their Little Woody Creek ranch in 1923, and called the Roaring Fork Valley home for the rest of her life. A working mother, entrepreneur, and, by 1959, the owner of a building on the Hyman Avenue Mall where she ran her salon, Amelia took pride in making her customers feel and look better every day and supporting her family running “Amelia’s,” the best source of local news in town for its duration. Amelia and Husband Robert Kopp spent their free time traveling the state going square and polka dancing.
Amelia leaves behind the family she fiercely loved who always received her welcome (and unwelcome) advice, the bounty of her garden, and who have lost a true matriarch. Amelia is survived by her sons Robert Zupancis of Aspen and Stan Kopp of Seattle, grandchildren Tracy Zupancis Rahal of Boston, Rye Zupancis of Aspen, Robert Kopp and Lauren Kopp of Seattle, and great-grandchildren Thomas and Eleanor Rahal of Boston. Her memorial service and reception will be at St. Mary’s this Friday, September 23 at 10 a.m.
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