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In Memory of
Mary Lou Ropar
February 7, 1933 - November 8, 2021

Service:
Monday, November 22nd at 2 p.m. at Mifflin Presbyterian Church

Mary Lou Ropar, age 88, of Columbus, Ohio passed onward peacefully on November 8th, 2021 to be with her Lord and Savior and loved ones who went before her. Mary was born in Rockford, IL. Later as a teenager and young adult she lived in West Allis/Milwaukee where she met Steve, the love of her life and husband of 54 years. Shortly after the birth of their first son Stephen John, they moved to Columbus, OH where they would set their roots, raise a family, make and maintain many life-long friendships. Mary loved her family and friends and was loved by them as well. She was known as Mom, Grandma, Mimi, (sweet) Aunt Mary, Sis, Mary Lou, and Babe. Her warm personality and concern for others was modeled through her faith in Christ in all aspects of life as a wife, mother, grandmother, relative, friend, co-worker, and volunteer. Mary was very active and through the years she and husband Steve engaged in church fellowship, card clubs, bowling leagues, social events, and family gatherings. Though she claimed to be a shy person, we all know better that she was very much a social "people person". Mary was preceded in death by her husband Steve, sister Gaye (Joe) Galbraith, brother Mike Garnhart; brother in-laws Ed (Nancy) Havlik, John, Matt, William, Mark, and Joe Ropar; sister in-laws Ann (Joe) Bunda, Wanda (Matt) Ropar, Catherine Pataki (Ropar), Jean (Joe) Ropar; cousins Urb and Terry Garnhart; and grand-daughter Kelly Marie Ropar. Mary is survived by her three sons, Steve (Ellen) Ropar, Jeff (Katie) Ropar, and Rob (Mary Beth) Ropar, sisters Georgie (Fritz) Heinke and Nancy (Ed) Havlik, brother Jack (Phyllis) Garnhart, sister in-laws Lynn (John) Ropar and Mary Ropar (Pittsburgh), cousin Suzie (Don) Cessarini, seven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and many nieces/nephews and their families.

Mary Lou's array of experiences and activities are difficult to quantify or summarize, so we ask that you honor her life by recalling and sharing a story amongst friends and family. Please write out your story and share in the condolences section and/or send to Mary's son Rob for compiling and sharing at a later date. Special thanks go out to the staff and nurses from Mount Carmel Hospice. The family asks that charitable gifts be directed to Mount Carmel Hospice (www.mountcarmelfoundation.org) or St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital (stjude.org). A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on November 22nd, Mifflin Presbyterian Church, 123 Granville St, Gahanna, OH 43230.

Condolences

Lynn Garnhart

Nov 15, 2021

I will always love and miss Aunt Mary. She always has been and ALWAYS WILL, be a BEAUTIFUL AUNT to me. Love Lynn

 

Susan G. Cesarini

Nov 16, 2021

Mary Lou was dearly loved by her family and always present in my life. She was part of my wedding and part of my heart as well. She got me through some very dark days also, cancer and then the deaths of my parents, Marge George Garnhart. We were so blessed to have her in our lives.

 

Susie Arnold

Nov 17, 2021

My prayers go out to all of Mary Lou's family and friends. She was a sweet, sweet lady who I will remember fondly! She was one of the bright stars at Shady Lane Presbyterian Church while I was there. I will cherish her memories as I know you will, too!

 

John Tolnai

Nov 18, 2021

I'm honored to have called Mary a dear friend and neighbor. Not one to just sit around, she was constantly on the go. If not visiting family or friends, she was busy around the house or yard. I never tire of telling the story of her shoveling 6 inches of snow at 2 am one winter morning. I'll miss the times we spent discussing important events in our lives. With Mary it usually centered around her boundless love of her family and the centerpiece of her faith in God, her church. Sincerest Condolences. Rest In Peace.

 

Jayne Poches

Nov 19, 2021

I met Mary through Mifflin Presbyterian Church. She was a very kind and caring person. We were part of the "back row people" at Mifflin. She had a wonderful, caring soul and beautiful smile for everyone.

 

Randi Hornback

Nov 19, 2021

So very sorry to hear of Mary Lou's passing. She was a wonderful lady and our family thought very highly of her and of the entire Ropar family. She will be greatly missed. Prayers for comfort and peace. Condolences, Randi Parsons Hornback

 

Art & Betty Jacob

Nov 22, 2021

To the Ropar family--your parents were an important part of our "big adventure" at Tall Timbers" It was a fun time. Also Art always enjoyed working with your Dad at North American Rockwell. May God grant you His peace at this difficult time.

 

Art & Betty Jacob

Nov 22, 2021

To the Ropar family--your parents were an important part of our "big adventure" at Tall Timbers" It was a fun time. Also Art always enjoyed working with your Dad at North American Rockwell. May God grant you His peace at this difficult time.