Mary Schaefer Roper

Mary Schaefer Roper, age 62, of St. Helena, Nebraska, died Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota, with Reverend Jeff Otterman officiating. Due to the COVID restrictions face coverings and social distancing guidelines will be required to attend the service. To watch the livestream please visit Mary’s obituary page at Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton, South Dakota. Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, November 13, 2020, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.

Pallbearers are: Joseph Ketter, Joe Wipf, Jr., Alexander Ketter, Brandon Lloyd, Evan Lloyd and Justin Rosenbaum.  Honorary pallbearers are Mary’s sister, Connie Wipf; grandchildren, Eli and Odin and all her nieces and nephews.

Mary Schaefer Roper was born September 15, 1958, in Yankton, South Dakota, to Joseph Jr. and Betty (Jacobson) Ketter.  She grew up in Yankton and graduated from Yankton High School in 1977.  She then began working at America State Bank in Yankton which later became First Dakota National Bank.  She married Robert Schaefer in May of 1980 and together had two children: Laura and Michael.  She continued working at First Dakota until she took a job with the First National Bank Card Center in Yankton which she continued for 24 years.  During this time, Mary began attending Mount Marty College, part time, graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  She married Fred Roper in May of 2007 and made their home in St. Helena, Nebraska.  Along with working at the bank card center, Mary also worked, for the last 12 years, at Walmart in Yankton.

Mary loved the arts.  She enjoyed painting, drawing, photography, and crafting attending many craft shows.  She enjoyed country line dancing and adored cats.  Mary was a lover of all living things who had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone.  She loved being a grandma not only to her grandchildren but also her grandkitties.

Survivors include her husband, Fred Roper of St. Helena, Nebraska; two children: Laura (Kenny) Swanson of Yankton, South Dakota and Michael Schaefer of Omaha, Nebraska; two grandchildren: Eli and Odin; two grandkitties: Coconut and Dolce; her mother, Betty Ketter of Yankton; sister, Connie (Joe) Wipf of Yankton; brother, Joe (Barb) Ketter of Yankton and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Ketter Jr.; sister, Bonnie Walter; nephew, Joshua Wipf and maternal grandmother, Oda Schutonus.



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6 response to "Mary Schaefer Roper"

  1. By: Doris johnson Posted: November 11, 2020

    to the family of Mary roper. our thoughts and prayers are with you all.we are so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing.take to heart all the great memories you had with her and cherish from Mar v and doris

  2. By: Kathy Hakl Posted: November 12, 2020

    Thoughts & Prayers to Mary’s family – dont forget all the great memories and exciting times had with Mary – Yes she will be missed but she will be waiting for the rest of us at heaven’s gates.

  3. By: Skyler Schurman Posted: November 13, 2020

    Thoughts go out to Mary and her family. She was truly one of a kind and will be missed greatly.

  4. By: Kimberly and Scott Hilson Posted: November 14, 2020

    Mary you left us way too soon. We love and miss you so much. We want to extend our heartfelt sorrow and sympathy to your family, friends and fur family. I will cherish all the great times we had painting together. Until we meet again…

  5. By: Marlene Kuchta Ahlers Posted: November 15, 2020

    Mary was such a kind and thoughtful person. The last time I talked with her was at Walmart. Always had a smile foe me and loved to visit! I graduated H.S. with Mary and had a couple slumber parties in Elementary School.
    Rest in Peace, my friend. And God bless your family and comfort them with your love.

  6. By: Kayleen Stiles Hite Posted: November 17, 2020

    Mary, cannot believe you are gone. You were the best friend anyone could ask for. Your heart as big as Texas. I know heaven accepted you without challenge. You will be forever in my heart till I join you. I love you. To your family, may God hold you , protect you and guide you through this time of grieving. Remember there is no stated time period. We all have our own pace. I pray Jesus holds you close and carrys you if need be. God bless you! Kayleen

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