August 19, 1938 - August 25, 2013
Carol Ann Popp, 75 of Traverse City, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at the Grand Traverse Pavilions. Carol was born on August 19, 1938 to the late Vernon “Pete” and Irene “Jean” (Kolak) Bauer in Saginaw. The family moved to the Lake Leelanau area when Carol was in the 8th grade. She married her high school sweetheart Raymond Popp on May 4, 1957 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake Leelanau. Carol’s most important work was as a devoted mother and homemaker, but also worked for RL Polk for several years and then in the Immaculate Conception Rectory. She achieved her dream of self-employment in 1986 when she and Ray bought the famous Dairy Lodge in Traverse City. She ran the business the way she lived her life, with a focus on service to others. They just celebrated their 28th successful summer in business. In her spare time Carol enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and her visits to the casino. But her favorite times were as a dedicated fan of her grandchildrens' every activity. She was passionate about being at every event to support their various endeavors. Carol was also a devoted member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish. Family was most important to Carol. Through the years she loved to entertain and feed them, but mostly just loved having them together. In the early years, Carol and Ray took in over 40 foster children, most of them infants. She touched so many lives. She took great joy in watching her children and grandchildren all grow into beautiful people. Carol will be fondly remembered for her generous heart and compassion for others. She will truly be missed by all who knew her. Surviving Carol is her devoted and loving husband, Ray of 56 wonderful years, children, Julie (Ron) Reamer, Shirley (Dr. Tony) Aboudib, Jennifer (Joe) Kopicki, Ron (Bridget) Popp, Stacey Popp, Patrice (Scott) Korson, Stephanie Popp, and Dean (Rita) Popp, as well as 38 foster babies throughout the years. Left to miss their grandma, known affectionately as “Busia” are her grandchildren, Courtney Kipke, Eric (Mary) Reamer, Isabelle Reamer, Rachel (Joshua) Schleenbaker, Nicole, Danielle and Angie Aboudib, Jessica, Jay and Matthew Kopicki, Ben, Spencer and Luke Popp, Maddee and Zach Popp, Mary Myers, Kayla Roecklein, Grant (Jayne) Litton, Darryn (Alena) Litton, Jeremy and Kaylin Litton and great-grandchildren, Alaiyah Reamer and Isaiah Litton. Carol’s siblings Rose (Ken) Mead, Vern (Kathy) Bauer, Mary Schaub, Marge (John) Sawyer and Joan (Dan) Kohler will sadly miss their eldest sister who cared very much about honoring her parents’ memory by keeping the family close. The family members and friends who loved Carol are too numerous to mention. Carol is preceded in death by her parents, as well as one unborn child and numerous unborn grand and great-grandchildren who she has finally had the pleasure of meeting in heaven. Visitation for Carol will take place from 4-8pm with a rosary held at 7:30pm on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11am on Thursday, August 29, with a visitation held one hour prior also at the church. Burial will take place at the Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be directed to Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools or the Grand Traverse Baby Pantry.
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