Eva Ropella

Posted: Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Juneau resident Eva M. Ropella died Nov. 28, 2008, at Wildflower Court in Juneau. She was 90.

Born in 1918 in Umatilla, Ore., to John and Farrie (Church) Berry, she was raised in Washington.

After marrying Stan Ropella in 1941, they lived in the Seattle area until moving, in 1947, to Juneau, where Stan had accepted a job to work for Lou Hudson at Hudson's Shoe Store. In time, Stan and Eva bought the shoe store business from Lou Hudson and continued the business until their retirement.

For many years, she worked in Juneau as a waitress at various local hotels, night clubs, restaurants and cafes, including the Baranof, Country Club, Imperial Cafe, Percy's and Mike's Place, and as a clerk at Juneau Drug Store before joining her husband full-time in the shoe business.

The couple traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada in their motor home, visiting with relatives, old friends and new friends they met along their travels. They enjoyed years of boating around the Juneau area, fishing and exploring the local waterways.

In 1993, they moved to Wasilla and bought a home where she lived until recently, when she joined her granddaughter, Danielle, in Juneau.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who also cared deeply for her dogs, her family said.

She was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska - Juneau Igloo 6, the Emblem Club of Juneau, the Cathedral of the Nativity in Juneau and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wasilla.

She is survived by her son, Michael Delaney and wife, Linda; granddaughters, Annette Criner and husband, Tom, and Danielle Ropella; grandson, Darren Delaney; great-grandsons, Shawn Criner, Den and Triston Delaney, and Devin and Drake Clements; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her final resting place will be at the Wasilla burial site with her husband, Stan, and son, Daniel, who preceded her in death in 1996.

Contributions may be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau.

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