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Ann (Watkins) Schopp

NORTH CANAAN — Beverly Ann (Watkins)Schopp, 87, of Claverack, N.Y., and North Canaan, passed away March 1, 2022, in the comfort of her home in North Canaan.

Born in Brooklyn on Oct. 28, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Vincent Benjamin and Gertrude Charles Watkins.

Beverly and her family moved from Brooklyn to Birmingham, Miss., in 1937, where she later graduated from The Kingswood School in 1952.

She attended  Middlebury College in Vermont, where she met her future husband, Roald “Rollie” Schopp, also a 1956 graduate.

While raising five children Beverly was a Hudson High School substitute French teacher and worked part time at Pattison, Koskey and Lawrence.  She raised her family in the First Presbyterian Church of Hudson, N.Y., and continued to be an active church member in many capacities for decades.

Beverly was dedicated to many civic organizations in Hudson including the Hudson Day Care and Hudson Junior Service League; she worked tirelessly to manage the Hudson train station snack bar venue to benefit the Hudson Day Care.  Beverly was an active PEO. Beverly was an avid golfer, gardener and seamstress.  She loved to read, play tennis and piano, and bake for her family — the cookie tin on top of her refrigerator was never empty.  A Columbia Golf and Country Club long-time member, Beverly held several board positions and competed and won the women’s club championship.

Beverly instilled environmental conservation values in her family.

Beverly was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Rollie Schopp in 2018; her grandson, Arthur Joseph Schopp; and her great-grandson, Miles Bishop.   

She is survived by her sister, Barbara Struthers of Arizona; her five children,  Kenneth C. (Rebecca) Schopp of Sheffield,  Julie S. (Patrick) Roach, of Fort Wayne, Ind., Michael A. (Heather) Schopp of North Canaan, Laura L.(Richard) Sheft of Lake Placid, N.Y., and Edward V. (Shannon) Schopp of North Canaan; 16 grandchildren and four step-grandchildren, Caroline, Charles and Catherine Schopp, Brooke (Andrew) Bishop, Frederick (Alisha) Schopp, Benjamin Schopp, Colleen (Liam) O’Reilly, Michael (Madeline) Schopp, and Greyson Schopp, Haley, Henry, Lillian, Jackson and Harrison Schopp, Theodore Roach and, Jodi Pfiefer, Jeff Roach, Julie Maury and Emily (John) Sheft and Trevor Sheft; and eight great-grandchildren, Rowan, Katherine, Noel O’Reilly, Elizabeth Bishop, Emerson and Tallulah Schopp and Mark and Annette Schopp.

A memorial service was held Saturday, March 5, at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home in Hudson, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hudson Day Care Center or the First Presbyterian Church of Hudson.

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