Kristine Marie "Kris" Popp, 52, of Lake Leelanau, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at Munson Hospice House after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Kris was born on June 9, 1965, in Big Rapids, the daughter of David Forster and Linda Ducheney Penney, who each survive.
On Nov. 20, 1995 at St. Mary of Assumption Church in Lake Leelanau, Kris married the love of her life, Dale Popp, who survives.
The family was happy to share Kris with the Leelanau County Community because volunteering was her passion. Kris served on the board of the LCC/LYE community choir for a number of years. She was the coordinator of the Lake Leelanau summer ball leagues and a troop leader for Girl Scouts. Her greatest love was not only attending all her children's ball games, but serving as statistician and bookkeeper for junior varsity and varsity sports including basketball, volleyball and softball, where the coaches relied on her as being the "official" bookkeeper due to her accurate bookkeeping skills and understanding rules of the games.
She loved planning family trips, especially to their favorite destination, DisneyWorld, which the entire family enjoyed together. Making memories for her children and grandchildren was very dear to her heart.
Kris was a woman of great faith and served in her church as lector and Eucharistic minister. She made rosaries and gifted them to many friends and family members, always personalizing them with their favorite color, patron saint or specialized beads.
In addition to her loving husband of 21 years, Kris is survived by her children, Erin Marie (Robert) Blake, Christine RoseElla (Jason) Harnick, Megan Elizabeth, Ryan William and Shannon Olivia Popp; grandchildren, Kayleigh Marie and Landon Joseph Harnick; mother, Linda Penney, of Traverse City; family friend, John King, of Williamsburg; father, David Forster, of Kalamazoo; stepfather, David Penney, of Traverse City; stepbrothers, Ronald (Melessa, of Grand Rapids), Matthew, of Jackson, and David Scott, of Traverse City; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Kris was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Ashlee Marie; an infant son, Matthew Joseph; her loving grandmother, Martha Forster; and father-in-law, Edward Dale Popp.
Visitation will take place at Martinson Funeral Home in Suttons Bay today, Nov. 16, 2017, from 5 until 8 p.m., with the rosary prayed at 7 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, visitation will take place at St. Mary Assumption Church in Lake Leelanau at 10 a.m. A Mass of Celebration will take place at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery. Father Bryan Medlin will serve as celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Popp Family, c/o Martinson Funeral Home, 115 St. Joseph, PO Box 159, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.
Please share memories and condolences at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on November 16, 2017