Mildred L. Kopro, 83

Soap opera fan

August 24, 2007

Mildred L. "Milly" Kopro, a homemaker and soap opera fan, died Aug. 17 of pneumonia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 83.

The daughter of immigrant parents from Slovakia, the former Mildred Kopecki was born and raised in Kenosha, Wis.

Shortly after graduating from high school in 1942, she married Richard J. Kopro. During the 1940s, she held several office and bookkeeping positions, most notably at Snap-on Tools headquarters in Kenosha.

In 1956, she moved with her husband, who was an AT&T career salary administrator, to Fanwood, N.J., when he was transferred to company headquarters in New York City. The couple moved again in 1965 to Towson, when he was transferred to Baltimore.

A highlight of her life, family members said, was accompanying her husband on business to Iran in 1978 and 1979, and observing firsthand the political and social changes that swept the country.

A fan of Broadway and movie musicals, Mrs. Kopro enjoyed dancing. She also was a fan for 50 years of As the World Turns, the second-longest-running televised soap opera.

She liked to read thrillers and was an accomplished cross-stitcher.

Mrs. Kopro was an active communicant of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Roman Catholic Church in Timonium, where she helped prepare meals for the needy and bereaved parish members.

She was a member of the Knights of Columbus Columbines.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at her church, 20 E. Ridgely Road.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Kopro is survived by three sons, Kenneth C. Kopro of Middle River, Timothy D. Kopro of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Richard J. Kopro of Los Angeles; a brother, Ernest Kopecki of Sun City West, Ariz.; a sister, Ethel Radewan of Racine, Wis.; and two grandchildren.

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