Ethel M. Kopischke – Albert Lea Tribune

Ethel M. Kopischke

Published on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 7:40 PM

Ethel Mae Kopischke, age 98, of Albert Lea, MN passed away on April 23, 2024 at Dove Healthcare Nursing Home in St. Croix Falls, WI.

Ethel M. Kopischke

Ethel was born on November 20, 1925 to parents Robert and Ethel Hildebrandt, and was the eldest of seven children. She grew up on a farm in Clear Lake, South Dakota. After graduating high school, Ethel moved to Minneapolis where she would meet her future husband, Melvin Kopischke. The two had a daughter, Elaine, and settled in Albert Lea, where she remained most of her life.

She is survived by her daughter, Elaine (Francisco) Kopischke-Trejo; grandson Javier Trejo; great-grandchildren, Luke Malchow and Sierra Trejo; brother Robert Hildebrandt; and sisters, Dorothy Klinger, Helen Clemas and Everlyn Jacobson.

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She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Melvin Kopischke; granddaughter Misty Richardson; and brothers Merlin and LeRoy Hildebrandt.

The services will be privately owned by the family. Arrangements made with Grandstrand Funeral Home of Osceola, WI. Condolences may be expressed online at