Rita C. Jameson-Popp

Rita C. Jameson-Popp
Rita C. Jameson-Popp of Plainwell (formerly of Lawton and Otsego), passed away Sunday, February 10, 2008, in Plainwell. Rita was born in New York City the daughter of Frank and Lillian (Gutman) Kelly. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science at St. John’sUniversity in New York and attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Rita was the children’s librarian at South Huntington and at Patchogue, Long Island, NY. Later she was assistant librarian at Kalamazoo Central High School. In 1944, she married Edward J. Jameson who died  in 1984. Together they owned Grant’s Department Store in Lawton for over 30 years. In 2000 she married Arthur Popp who died in 2006. Rita’s faith was very important to her and she was a long time member of St. Mary’s Church in Paw Paw and St. Margaret’s Church in Otsego. She was a good cook and loved to travel, visiting many European countries and Hawaii. In spite of her blindness (Retinitis Pigmentosa) she lived a very full and satisfying life. Rita was also preceded in death by 3 infant children and her sister, Frances Valentine. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Edward Frank and Ruth Jameson of Boyne Falls, MI and Englewood, FL; 2 nieces, Barbara Eldridge of Kalmazoo, Harriette (John) Townsend of Lake Ann, MI; 6 step-children, Norman (Rose) Popp of Arizona, Anna Halsey of Otsego, Janet (Roy) James of Plainwell, Mary Runchey of Plainwell, John (Judy) Popp of Oklahoma, Terri (Robert) Bieszka of Otsego; many step-grandchildren and great grandchildren. Friends may meet with Rita’s family from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Tuesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where the Rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday at St. Margaret’s Church, Otsego, Rev. Fr. Wieslaw Lipka, celebrant. Interment will be at St. Margaret’s Cemetery. Memorial gifts can be made to St. Margaret’s School Endowment Fund.
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