Shelby A. Koperski


Shelby A. Koperski, 10, of Elba died Monday, February 27, 2012 near Elba in an automobile accident.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday at the United Methodist Church in St. Paul. The Reverends Michael Chase and Scott Jones will officiate. Interment will be held in Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul.

Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice.

Shelby was born June 13, 2001 at Grand Island, Nebraska. She was adopted by Alan & Anne (Mundt) Koperski on May 8, 2003.

Shelby attended school at Head Start in St. Paul and she was currently attending school at Elba where she was in the 4th grade.

She was a member of the Ord Christian Church and the Loup River Pals 4-H Club.

Shelby enjoyed 4-H, playing with dolls, dancing in Just 4 Kicks in North Loup, volleyball and basketball. She was a very outgoing person and made friends easily. She loved the outdoors and liked four-wheelers and driving the golf cart. Shelby participated in the Sing Around Nebraska group. Shelby loved to be with her friends.

Shelby is survived by her parents, Alan & Anne Koperski of Elba; two sisters, Amy Koperski of Elba and Hallie DeLeon of Grand Island; her grandparents, Stan & Gladyce Koperski of Cairo, Millie Mundt of Alliance and Albert & Diane DeLeon of Grand Island; birth mother, Morgan Rapp and two brothers, Nicholas & Aiden Rapp all of Kearney; her birth father, Billy Rapp; and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her grandfather, Arley Mundt; an infant sister Raine Rapp and an uncle Emilio DeLeon.

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  1. Nick & Pam Jerabek & family

    Alan, Ann & Amy,
    So sorry about Shelby we couldn’t imagine what your going through
    during this difficult time. Your in our thoughts and prayers!
    Nick, Pam, Nicholas, Samantha & Joshua Jerabek

  2. Patty Caudill

    Alan, Anne & Amy, My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you, at this difficult time. Even though I didn’t know Shelby, I know she had to be a very special little girl.

  3. Tim and Darla Gardner Hayden, Kale and Stella

    We love ya’ll and share in your pain. You are not alone. Please take comfort that the Lord is in this with you. We are committed to praying for you. PLEASE, PLEASE,PLEASE let us know how we can help you through this.
    II Corinthians 1:3-4 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, The Father of compassion and the GOd of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
    We love you! Tim, Darla, Hayden, Kale and Stella Gardner
    Ph.#308-389-6106 cell#308-379-4221 address 809 W Koenig Grand Island, NE 68801
    Call or stop by anytime.

  4. Kris Jakubowski & Family

    Allen Anne and Amy,

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you. It helps toknow that you will find the strength that you will need from your friends and family today and years down the road. We dont know why the Lord takes our loved ones from us. It was said to me that God gives them to us “on loan”. She will be missed by so many as I am sure she has touched so many in her life.

    You will be in our prayers.

    Kris Jakubowski & Family

  5. nancy fairbanks

    Ann and Alan, words cannnot express the sadness in my heart for you and your family. I hope you and Amy have a swift recovery, and please know that I am here if there is anything I can do for you. Please let me know.

    With prayer and sympathy…..
    Nancy Fairbanks

  6. Dalene Louden

    Anne, …sending my prayers, thoughts and many hugs to you, Aunt Millie, Amy & Allan. I have no good words – only sympathy – for the amount of sadness & grief that you are experiencing. My hope is that, in time, you will find peace.
    Love, Dalene

  7. Sandi Mundt Krason


    I am so sorry for your incredible loss. Know that you, Amy and Allan and Aunt Millie are in my thoughts and prayers. May the grace of God give you the strength to bear your grief and sadness.

    Peace be with you.
    Love, Sandi

  8. Gale and Helen Lassen

    Alan,Anne and Amy:
    Our sincere deepest sympathy to your family.May you find peace with God.May he heal you and your family.Shelby will be remember by her sweetest smile always.She is an angel! May God Bless your family.

  9. Michelle Obermeier

    Praying that God, family and friends will help comfort and heal you in the days to come. Our deepest sympathy to you all.
    Michelle, Abbie and Mackenzie Obermeier and Damon Lauritsen

  10. Carla Gruber

    Alan, Anne and Amy…our sincere condolences. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We don’t know why these things happen, but we are assured we will meet again. Love you guys, may God’s peace overwhelm you in this time of grief. If you need anything at all please don’t hesitate to ask! Carla, Tim, Nicole and Newly Gruber

  11. Janet Koperski

    Alan, Anne, and Amy,

    My heart goes out to you all at this time of loss. The boys and I are praying for you. Memories of Shelby will be forever in so many hearts.

  12. Jennifer Smydra

    Anne, Allen, & Amy – many, many prayers and special thoughts are being sent your way – may you find some comfort from this and from your loved ones surrounding you. Shelby added such a sparkle to everyone’s life and will be very missed by all of us. Venessa especially had a special bond with her. I cannot begin to imagine this time in your life, but I hope you can find some peace that she is in a better place and in God’s protection now. Please, please do not hesitate to call if you need anything at all!
    Jennifer Smydra

  13. Tammy Wolinski

    Alan, Anne, and Amy~
    My heartfelt sympathies for your family during this time of extreme sadness. My prayers are with you always. Take care of yourselves and know there are many of us who care. God Bless!

  14. Micki Kenyon

    Alan, Anne, Amy
    Albert, Diane, Hallie
    Many prayers go out to all of you. I have thought of Shelby so much lately and meant so many times to mail her a card, I lost the address Alan had given me but kept telling myself to look it up. I truly understand the phrase “never put off until tomorrow what you can do today”. Anne, thank you for choosing me to watch Shelby when she was young and you taught at Cedar Hollow. You are all wonderful people and I know Shelby was very blessed to be with you. God’s graces on each one of you.

    Love, Micki DeLeon Kenyon

  15. Diane Jonak

    May God send u healing @ this difficult time in your lives. Shelby was always full of excitement every time that she stepped onto the bus. She would show me her dolls or her toy ponies & ask if I wanted one to ride by me. Shelby is and always will be an angel that touched many lives.

  16. Dave, Deb & Scott Koperski

    Koperski family,
    We are so sorry about Shelby, words can’t express the sadness you must be feeling, what a tragic loss. You have our deepest sympathy.
    Thoughts and prayers,
    Dave, Deb and Scott Koperski

  17. Deb Hoffman

    Alan, Anne, Amy & Aunt Millie,

    We hope you can feel not only God’s loving arms, but also ours, wrapped around you all, to comfort & carry you through the days ahead. Grief & sorrow, in time, will be eased through our wonderful memories of times together. We are so thankful for the times Amy & Shelby stayed with us. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.

    With love,
    Deb, John & Jared

  18. Kirt, Tracy, Bailey & Paige Lukasiewicz

    Alan, Anne & Amy,

    Our sincere condolences at this time, along with our prayers and thoughts go out to your family. God has surely taken a beautiful, loving, and joyful child to be with him in her place in heaven. The times after school she spent with us in basketball practice and games, birthday parties, and such are memories that will be cherished forever. Her freckles and bright smile could always wash the days troubles away. Please know that you have many, many friends and loved ones who are praying for you and we will be there for you in this difficult time. An angel has truly been sent to look over us.

  19. Karla Callan

    Alan, Anne, and Amy,
    At this time of your lives nobody knows the hurt you are having. We only hope that the prayers we are sending and the love will easy the pain some. God Bless you all. Karla and Russ Callan

  20. Gary and Shari Hickman

    Alan, Anne and Amy,

    Lots of love and prayers are being lifted up for you. So sorry you are going through this tragic loss.

    May you be comforted in your friends and family who care for you and especially our Lord who shares your pain.

    Comfort and peace be yours.

  21. Misty,Stuart,Gage,Hailee,Tyson Smith

    Alan,Anne, and Amy-
    We are so sorry about the loss of your daughter Shelby. She was such a happy girl. My daughter will not forget all the memories she has of her. May she rest in peace. Thoughts and Prayers go out to your family.I can’t even imagine the pain that you guys are going through… God bless!!

  22. Joan Hashman Cornish

    Anne and family,

    Words cannot express the sadness I am feeling for all of you at this difficult time. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and know that God will be with you today and for the many difficults days to come. Love and God Bless.

  23. Sara Roy

    Alan, Anne, and Amy,

    My deepest sympathy goes out to you all during this very difficult time. May you know we are praying for you to find the peace and comfort in your hearts.

  24. Marvin & Betty Poss

    Alan, Anne & Amy,

    Our hearts & prayers go out to you. May God hold you in his arms and help you through this very, very sad time.
    From the first time we met Shelby she made such an impression. Her smile, the way her eyes lit up and OH, those freckles. She wanted to try everything, take in everything and test everything and everyone. How I wish I wasn’t in such a hurry and gave her more rides on the 4 wheeler when I checked the cows.
    We will miss Shelby’s smile and free spirit. But will know that
    up in Heaven she will be keeping God and his angels on their toes!

  25. Teresa, Chris, Breann Pederesen

    Alan, Anne, and Amy,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of loss in your lives! Shelby was such a wonderful gift to all of you and all of the community! A happy and loving little girl that touched so many lives in so many ways! May you find comfort in knowing that Shelby is with GOD and is a sweet and beautiful little angel who is watching out for you always! God Bless You All!

  26. Barb Schmidt

    Anne, Alan, and Amy –
    My heart breaks for you. Shelby touched so many people in her short life. I can still see her sweet smile and blond, blond hair. We do not know why, but the Lord has a plan and He must need her with Him. You are a very special family and my prayers are with you for peace in your hearts with this tragedy. God Bless You!
    -Mrs. Barb

  27. Donna and Aaron Jones

    Anne,Alan,Amy and Millie,

    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so blessed and thankful that you are such an amazing family that you
    allowed Shelby to be part of our lives. I will always remember that first call from you Anne, asking me if I would like to meet her. I have pictures from that day and will always cherish them. My little mini me!!! She touch our hearts and we love her so.

    Donna and Aaron Jones
    Alliance, NE

  28. Heather, Preston & Neel Family

    Anne, Alan and Amy~

    Our deepest condolences at this time, along with our prayers and thoughts go out to your family. Words cannot express the sadness we are feeling for all of you at this difficult time. Shelby had the most contagious little smile,and would shine like the brightest star you have ever seen. “Please always remember, Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, Unheard, but always near, Still loved, Still missed and very dear.
    Heather, Preston &
    Neel Family <3

  29. Nick and Wanda Janc

    Anne, Alan, Amy and Family
    So very very sorry for your loss, your in our hearts and prayers. I met Shelby during the reading program during the summer, she was such a sweet little girl and a good friend of our granddaughter, Shyanne, she will be so greatly missed.She is with all the angels now, God Bless you and your family.

  30. Jerry Brandt

    Anne and family,

    Our hearts hurt for you at this sad time and our prayers are lifted for you.

    Jerry and Debbie Brandt

  31. Carl and Maxine Brandt

    Sorry to hear of your loss. We will be praying for God’s guidance and strength for your family in this time of loss. Jesus is our refuge and strength and always there to comfort you.
    Carl and Maxine Brandt

  32. Sharon Hiett

    Just to let you know that all of you are in the thoughts and prayers of us that live in the North Loup and Scotia area. May the wonderful memories that you have give you comfort,and may your faith give you the strenght and courage you need to meet each new day.

  33. Lacy Griffith

    Thinking of you and praying for your family during this time and in the days to come. We are so sorry for your loss.

  34. Marv and Kathie Toedtli

    Dear Anne and Alan,
    We are so sad for your loss of your precious child and pray that you find comfort in our Lord during this hard time. You are in our hearts.
    Marv and Kathie Toedtli

  35. Todd, Lorie, Lacie, & Truett Nelson

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers and sympathy are with your whole family.

    Todd, Lorie, Lacie, & Truett Nelson

  36. Mark and Sara Searcey

    Anne, Alan and Amy,
    So sorry for your loss of Shelby. You are in our prayers.

    Mark, Sara, Courtney and Matthew Searcey

  37. Barbara Hashman Burke

    Anne and family,

    Please know that your extended family in Alliance are with you today and in the days and months to come. We lost a sweet little girl, but heaven gained a precious angel to look down on us and to see all of you through this, difficult time. Cherish those memories, thoughts and prayers.

    Barb and Mike Burke

  38. Janice Davis-Lewis

    My deepest condolences to all of you for the untimely and tragic event. May god hold you all tight and bring you understanding and comfort in the months ahead. All my love and prayers to everyone. Shelby’s love and light will forever live on in all the wonderful memories you all have. xoxo

  39. Elaine Nowak

    Our Deepest Sympathy to the family of Shelby.Our Prayers and Love to you at this difficult time. May God comfort each of you. Keep your faith and memories close you your heart as they are Gods gifts.

  40. Cindy Sates

    Dear Alan, Anne,Amy and Family

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers are extended to your family at this difficult time. May the love of God and Shelby’s memories be held close to your heart. What a beautiful daughter she must have been. God Bless You and Keep You in comfort now and forever. Love Mark and Cindy States

  41. Mark and Leah Buskirk

    Dear Alan, Anne, Amy and family,

    We were saddened to hear about your loss of Shelby. Please know that our love and many prayers are with you.

    Mark and Leah Buskirk

  42. Kathy & Duane Lange

    Dear Alan and Anne and Family: We are so sorry about your precious Shelby!! We lost our son Stevie at 12 years old twenty years ago. You will be in our prayers and thoughts. May God continue to give you all strength as only He can……………..
    Love in Christ,
    The Lange Family

  43. Delaney Lucht

    It’s almost been a year without an angle like Shelby I still cry about her a visit her grave and I have dreams about her I miss her and think of her often she will forever be in your heart and mine just don’t forget you have an angle watching over u I’m sorry for the rough year love Delaney Lucht ps I saw what u said on Christmas Amy that was sweet miss u call me at 7544844

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