Emily Laura Koppelman Barger (1917-2015)

Portrait of Emily Koppelman Barger from her online obituary.

Portrait of Emily Koppelman Barger from her online obituary.

Another Koppelman passed on this summer.

Emily Laura Koppelman Barger died at the home of her son Robert W. Barger in Lynchburg, Virginia on her 78th wedding anniversary, June 12, 2015.

Emily had lived with her son and daughter-in-law since the passing of Emily’s husband, Bernard Otey Barger, in 1998.

Emily Koppelman was the daughter of John Lewis Koppelman (1891-1960) and Emma Marie Christ Koppelman (1892-1980).

She grew up on the nine-acre  farm on Bowley’s Lane that John’s father, my great-grandfather John Harman Koppelman, had given his eldest son in 1919 (Baltimore City Land Records, SCL 3345,  p. 247, 19 April 1919).

Emily attended grade school at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church at Franklin/Frankford and Seifert avenues.

After leaving St. Anthony’s school, she did two years of “commercial studies,” perhaps at a school like the one my mother attended after high school, Baltimore Business College, in downtown Baltimore.

Following her business training, Emily went to work typing invoices at Montgomery Ward’s. She married Bernard Barger in 1937 in the rectory of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

At first they lived on Radecke Avenue, not far from her parents, but after the war, Emily and Bernard moved to a big white house at 3804 Parkside Drive, just north of Belair Road, near Herring Run Park.

They raised their two children, Joyce and Robert Barger, in the Parkside Drive house. Bernard worked as a foreman for Welsh Construction Company.

Emily Koppelman Barger rests beside her husband Bernard Barger in Parkwood Cemetery, Baltimore.

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