Descendents of William Herman Koppelman, Sr.
William Herman Koppelman, Sr. (b. October 15, 1893, Baltimore Co., Maryland; d. 1980, Baltimore, Maryland) m. Katherine Schwarz June 27, 1917 (b. October 9, 1894, Baltimore, Maryland; d. December 16, 1997, Boynton Beach, Florida) According to their wedding announcement, they were married by the Rev. Paul C. Burgdorf in the parsonage of Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Belair Rd. at Moravia Ave. Herman’s brother Elmer was best man, and Elmer’s future wife, Caroline Klinger, was maid of honor. They lived at 1900 N. Monroe St., in the city, until 1922, when Herman built them a small house on his father’s farm.
Herman Koppelman had his own business selling produce wholesale to markets in the Baltimore area. On his acre of the Koppelman land on Koppelman Lane (now Bluegrass Lane), off Hamilton Avenue in Rosedale, he grew vegetables, herbs, and fruit, both for the family, and for his main business, produce sales to local grocers. Herman and Katherine, or Kate, as she was called, loved to laugh, play cards and eat blue crab with their wide circle of close friends and family. Charlotte Koppelman Betz and Fred Betz were especially close friends, as were the Coxons, whose farm they often visited.
In the summers they also enjoyed staying “down the shore,” at the summer house on Sue Creek, off Turkey Point Road in Middle River, which they shared with Herman’s mother, Anna Schaub Koppelman. They were often joined there by friends and relations. They were active in Jerusalem Lutheran Church, where Herman served as treasurer for a number of years.
Herman Koppelman was a hard-working, thrifty and laconic man who smoked a pipe and always smelled of the pipe tobacco he kept in a jacket pocket. He was devoted to his wife, from whom he only spent one night apart in his entire life.
Kate Koppelman was an independent, active and lively young woman who loved to swim, row a canoe, and drive, first horse-drawn buggies and then cars; she was an accomplished needlewoman and baker, whose sugar cookies were so thin you could see through them. Children loved to knock on her door and ask for the home-baked chocolate chip cookies that she always had on hand. She was an enthusiastic member of the local Golden Age Club before moving to Florida to her son Bill Koppelman’s home in the 1980s. Herman and Katherine’s children are:
1. Julia Charlotte Koppelman (b. June 27, 1918, Baltimore, MD) m. Sidney Wald, an electronics engineer, on October 18,1953, at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Baltimore. Julia (Judy) Koppelman graduated from Gettysburg College in 1940, where she was active in the choir, student government, and her sorority, Chi Omega. She graduated with a B.A. degree in English and French in 1940; taught high school in Maryland for several years; later worked as a secretary for the head of the Baltimore Housing Authority. After her marriage, she moved to New Jersey with her husband, then California. In California, she embarked on a second 17-year career at a Veteran’s Administration hospital, rising to the position of assistant administrator in the Chief of Staff’s office. She is active in the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and is a avid bridge player. Julia and Sidney’s children are:
a. David Douglas Wald (b. August 8, 1955, Philadelphia, PA) m. Elissa Miner, 1980.
David graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Northridge in 1977. He has a commercial real estate business in Los Angeles. Their children are:
1. Kristin Elissa Wald (b. February 7, 1984, Santa Monica, CA)
2. Jonathan David Wald (b. August 14, 1987, Santa Monica, CA)
b.Carol Ann Wald (b. August 20, 1959, Philadelphia, PA) Carol Ann Wald
earned a B.A. degree in English in 1994 and an M.A. in English in 2001, both from UCLA.
2. William Herman Koppelman, Jr. (b. September 27, 1919, Baltimore, MD) m. 1) m. Lelia Canapp 1938 (b.August 10, 1919, Baltimore, MD) ; divorced; 2) Esther Kessler 1946; divorced; 3) Margaret Adams Carter, December 19, 1981. “Bud” Koppelman served in the army in Europe during World War II. Eventually he became commandant of a prison camp for German officers. After the war, he had a long and varied career in various aspects of construction, real estate, and insurance. He is active in his church and in the Masons. He had one daughter with Lelia Canapp:
a. Judith Ann Koppelman (b. November 19, 1941, Baltimore Co., Maryland) m.
Laurence Adelman 1960, divorced 1969; m. Dallas Harris, 1972; divorced 1980:
1. Ralph Todd Harris, Sr. (b. June 23, 1963, Baltimore Co., MD; d. 13 Dec 2007,
Hanover, York Co., PA) m. 1) Darlene Fryfogel, 1996; 2) Lynn Saunders; Ralph
raced cars and co-owned an auto repair shop, Harris Automotive, with his mother before
relocating to York County. He was killed in an automobile accident near the Carroll
County-Howard County line in Maryland. With Darlene Fryfogel, Todd had three
a. Katelyn Marie Harris (b. August 30, 1997, Westminster, Maryland)
b. Sarah Elizabeth Harris (b. September 23, 1998, Westminster, Maryland)
c. Ralph Todd Harris, Jr. (b. November 21, 2001, Westminster, MD)
2. Jeffrey Michael Harris (b. June 9, 1967) m. Susie Lima, 1991:
a. Mackenzie Lima Harris (b. March 7, 1996, Westminster, Maryland)
Note: Ralph Todd Harris and Jeffrey Michael Harris are the biological sons of Laurence Adelman, but took the surname Harris after their mother remarried.
3. George Edward Koppelman (b. March 31, 1922, Baltimore, Maryland; d. January 1990, Baltimore, MD) m. Margaret Wright (b. abt. 1924, Delaware; d. 25 Nov 2008, Baltimore, MD) Edward Koppelman entered the Army Air Corps in 1942 and served in the Pacific during WW II until discharged in1945 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. After returning home, he went to work building houses for his uncle, Fred Betz, before going into the construction business for himself. Eventually, he specialized in restoration of old and historic homes. He and Margaret are buried in Parkwood Cemetery, Parkville, MD. Edward and Margaret’s children are:
a. George Edward “Eddie” Koppelman, Jr. (b. April 24, 1943, Baltimore,
Maryland) He joined the Marines in 1960 and served in the 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division
until 1964, when he was discharged with the rank of Corporal. After leaving the service,
he built a successful career in construction contracting and eventually became a construction
superintendent with the Gilbane Company, which builds large-scale government, university
and medical facilities. m. 1) Diana Kozlowski in 1964; 2) Carol Woods, 1973; 3)
Maureen Hartnett (b. October 16, 1946) in 1988. With his first wife:
1. Lisa Ann Koppelman (b. 15 Feb 1965, MD) m. Stanley Shepp 1984; divorced
1991; m. Bradley Thomas Roser on 29 Nov 1992 (b. 1 Feb 1970):
a. David Lee Mathew Shepp (b. 3 Nov 1984)
b. Heather Lynn Shepp (b. 18 March 1989)
c. Tabitha Ashley Roser (b. 2 August 1992, PA?)
b. Barbara Jane Koppelman (b. December 3, 1947, Baltimore Co., Maryland) m. 1) ?
Crandall; 2) Raymond Spring; with Crandall:
1. Bryn Crandall (b. January 11, 1968) m. Kimberly Ann Disney September 23, 2001
c. Charles Evans “Chuck” Koppelman (b. December 30, 1952) m. ?:
1. Charles Evans Koppelman, Jr.
2. Karrie Leigh Koppelman