Erma C. Colopy

July 12, 1921 ‒ February 12, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio


Erma C. Colopy, age 97, of Mount Vernon passed away on Tuesday morning February 12, 2019 at her daughter Brenda Kennedy’s home in the presence of family. She was born on July 12, 1921 in Huntington, Indiana, daughter of Eva (Madge) Struble and Samuel Spurgeon Bechtelheimer.

Erma was a 1938 graduate of Fredericktown Senior High School. She had worked at Mount Vernon Developmental Center for years and later at the Mount Vernon Country Club as a cook. Throughout her life she cared for several foster children. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, and square dancing. Erma attended Green Valley Southern Baptist Church in Mount Vernon. Erma enjoyed making and giving baby blankets to Knox Pregnancy Center as well as financially helping young people entering the medical field. She was a very strong, quick witted woman that shared her opinion with friends and family. She loved her family and friends and was always happy to visit with them. Although she died at 97 years old her mind was sharp as a tack and her memory was vivid until the day she died.

Erma is survived by her daughters Carolyn Peugh, Brenda (Steve) Kennedy, and Doris Cochran and her son Keith (Sue) Colopy, foster son Russell Seitter, 17 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 14 great great grandchildren. Her brother Lee (Barbara) Struble is her sole surviving sibling.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Donald Colopy and second husband William Stahl. She was preceded in death by her sisters Maxine Snyder, Freda and Vera Farren and brothers Howard, Edward and Charles Bechtelheimer.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 12 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 1:30 p.m. at the Flowers Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High St. Mount Vernon with Daryl Gruver officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. Following services a meal will be provided at the Green
Valley Baptist Church at 1680 Old Delaware Road, Mt. Vernon.

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  • Brenda and Doris,

    I am sorry for the loss of your loved one. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Just know you are in my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead. 

  • Prayers of comfort for the loss of your loved one , Keith and Sue and family. Gods blessings upon all.

  • I enjoyed working with Erma at MVDC and remember her quick wit and sense of humor! Thoughts and prayers go out to her family! I also have fond memories of Brenda!

  • Brenda and family im so sorry for loss erma was a really sweet lady i knew her all my life i loved her visits when i went to see her .

  • Keith, Sue and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one, Erma. I didn’t know her personally but we had a nice talk at your family Christmas get-together! My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time.
    Linda Clutter

  • Dear Carolyn, Keith, Brenda, and Doris:
    Walt and I were so very saddened to hear the passing of Aunt Erma. Though she lived a full life of 97 years, her passing is heartbreaking. Our prayers go out to her children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren. She has left a legacy of her family and the many memories which will be carried on with those family members. With those memories, she will always be in our hearts. May GOD be with all of you during this time of sorrow.

  • Brenda and family,

    Whenever Erma would complete a set of baby blankets for Knox Pregnancy Services – now Starting Point – she would invite me over for a little visit to give them to me. I truly enjoyed those visits. She was sharp as a tack and full of wisdom and fun! She had a beautiful heart and she made a difference in this world. May God comfort you and may you treasure and carry on her legacy of love.

    Lois Carter

  • Tho I can not be with you physically ,I am beside you in spirit.Know that you all, are in my thoughts and prayers today.
    Aunt Erma was a special aunt in many ways. Heaven gained a special lady who now forever lives in our hearts.

  • Dear Sue and Family. I am so sorry to hear of the death of your Mom. My thoughts, prayers and love are with you at this time. Phyllis Henthorn