KOPER, IRENE E. "DOLLY" Passed away at home on Oct. 21, 2005 at the age of 93. A resident of Lawndale for 41 years. Born on May 19, 1912 to Anna and William McCauley of Irwin, PA. Known as "Dolly" all her life, Mrs. Koper was one of seven children and remembered seeing her mother and brother Bill being cared for during the flu pandemic of 1918. Both survived. As a young woman, Dolly wanted to be a dancer and wrote to Broadway producer Flo Zeigfeld, who wrote back encouraging her. Instead, on Sept. 27, 1934 Dolly McCauley married Carl Koper, also of Irwin, PA. They were married for 65 years, until his death in 1999. The Kopers and their daughter moved to California in 1955. Mrs. Koper was a homemaker all her life and enjoyed an active social life with family and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Koper was predeceased by brothers William, Jr., LeRoy, and Bernard McCauley; and sister Pauline Macko. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Dolores and Donald Fratus of Larkspur, Marin County, CA; her sister and best friend, Veronica Sambolich of Lawndale; her brother Charles McCauley and brother-in-law Michael Koper, both of North Huntingdon, PA; as well as three generations of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Koper was a kind and loving woman who had a friendly smile for all, even as illness claimed her life. Her motto was, "Whatever will be, will be." Family and friends will gather at RICE MORTUARY, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503 on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM for visitation, with Rosary recitation at the same evening at 7:15 PM. Celebration of Mass will be on Friday, Oct. 28, 2005 at 10:00 AM at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, 3846 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., in Torrance, CA. Private cremation and inurnment. Memorial contributions may be sent to: Salvation Army M.O.W. , 125 Beryl St., Redondo Beach, CA 90277. The family is indebted to Dr. John Moe of Inglewood and his staff for years of care and support; to the team of Vitas Hospice of Torrance; and especially to Elnora Oseguera, Wanda Smith and Latasha Ira, who tended Mrs. Koper during her final hours. Hello, Dolly. Goodnight, Irene. May you smile for the angels now.

View current weather.

Memories Timeline

View the Timeline


  1. Dear Dee and Don, We wish we could be there to offer you our support along with our loving, heartfelt embrace, but please know we extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Mother. We continually remember you in our thoughts and prayers. We will always have fond memories of our Aunt Dolly as a sweet, cheerful and loving soul. I am so thankful I got to see her one last time in November. God’s blessings to you. With our love, your cousins, Mary Ann & George

  2. Dear Dee & Don: We’re grateful to have had your Mom as our Aunt Dolly. She was truly a kind and wonderful person who enriched all of our lives. She will be sorely missed.

  3. Dear Dee and Don, Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mother. May Aunt Dolly rest in the peace of God and dance with the angels as she is re-united with her loving husband, Uncle Carl. Cousin Carol and Family

  4. Dee and Don, It’s been a long time since I had seen your Mom, but I always enjoyed your Mom, when we’d meet on Sundays at Grandma’s. I’ll never forget her beautiful smile, which she always had, but now Uncle Carl and the angels are enjoying it in Heaven, with our Almighty God. May God Be With You, Bob and Mary Rose

  5. Dee and Don, We are sorry for your loss. Dolly had been in our prayers throughout her long ordeal. God Bless. Bob & Terrye

  6. Cousins Dee and Don, Although we cannot be there with you during this difficult time, we want you to know that, across the miles, we are keeping you two close in our thoughts and hearts. We send all of our love and support and prayers. May you find comfort in the many loving memories of Aunt Dolly you’ll carry in your hearts forever. Love, Stefanie and Scott OXOX

  7. Dear Dee and Don, I know your Mom must have been proud of you and deeply appreciative of your devotion and caring during her long, difficult final illness. She did a great job in raising a remarkable daughter. Don, what a supportive son-in-law you’ve been. She was truly a blessed mother. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. Fondly, Joan

  8. Dee & Don, Our deepest sympathy to you for the loss of your mother. She was always smiling and really enjoyed life. God blessed you with wonderful parents who will now get to spent eternity together. We love you and will keep you in our prayers. The Olshefski Family

  9. Dear Dee & Don Altho I never met your parents, I have always heard of them from my older brothers and sisters. We are truly sorry for your loss. Cousin Julie and the NY Kopers

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Sign the Guestbook