Catherine married Wilbert Karl Schoppa on July
27, 1941. When Wilbert returned home after
serving his country in the US Navy, they moved to
Plainview, Texas. They were then blessed with
their daughter Brenda. They also farmed land near
Hart, Perryton, and Vernon, Texas.
Catherine was generous with her time in support
of charitable activities. She was a dedicated
member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Plainview
since 1946. She served in many capacities
throughout her years, being especially involved in
the Sunday School and Vacation Bible School
programs from teacher to Superintendent. Using
her singing and musical talents, she directed many
of the children’s Christmas Programs and was a
member of the choir. Catherine was a Charter
Member of the Texas Lutheran Women’s
Missionary League since 1941. She was also an
active member of the local chapter in every
capacity. She also worked with the local PTA,
Meals on Wheels and the Plainview Community
Concerts. One of her passions was cooking and baking for those in need. Her
Pecan Pie became famous in Texas. Missouri, and Hong Kong.
Catherine’s husband passed away in May, 1998. In 2006 she moved to
McKinney, Texas, to live with her family, Brenda and Jay Lowry.
She started expanding her traveling with Brenda and Jay. She saw Broadway
plays in New York, traveled across Florida, went on multiple cruises and finally to
China at 90 years of age. She was able to visit her granddaughter Shannon and
husband Bill in Hong Kong. She toured Beijing, exploring the Forbidden City and
the Great Wall of China. She often reminisced on “what a remarkable trip” it was.
Catherine loved spending her last years in McKinney with her beloved family.
She made lasting memories with them. She always claimed that all her
grandchildren “Kept her young.”
Catherine is survived by her daughter Brenda and husband Jay Lowry; two
granddaughters Heather and husband Patrick, Shannon and husband Bill. She has
three great-grandchildren; Sabine, Xabi, and Ethan. All reside in McKinney, Texas.
She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by
She was laid to rest in a private ceremony, officiated by her nephew Reverend
Steven Schur, at Plainview Memorial Cemetery on January 22. Arrangements were
handled by Kornerstone Funeral Directors of Plainview and Turrentine Jackson
Morrow Funeral Home of Allen, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be sent to UPBRING, a
Lutheran services organization that addresses the needs of children in Texas. You
may contact them at UPBRING.ORG or; Foster in Texas and Adoption, 275 West
Campbell Road Suite 600, Richardson, TX 75080.