ALBANY – Leonard P. Bopp, 91, of Albany, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2020 at St. Peter’s Nursing and Rehab Center. Leonard was born in Albany, the son of the late Valentine J. Bopp and Catherine Tiernan Bopp. He was a graduate of Philip Schuyler High School and was employed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany for 55 years as Building Superintendent at the Mater Christi Seminary and the Pastoral Center. He also was a communicant of the Parish of Mater Christi and the former St. Catherine of Siena Church.
Leonard was a man of deep faith who was dedicated to service in his church community. He was a generous and loyal friend to his neighbors and Diocesan colleagues. And, he was a loving spouse and father who took great pride in his children and grandchildren. He was wise, compassionate and always ready to offer support. His greatest joy came from the company of family and friends coming together to celebrate events large and small.
Leonard was predeceased by his dear wife Zoe Conley Bopp in 2009. He is survived by his children and their spouses Cynthia McLean (Bob) of Albany, Michael Bopp (Linda) of Guilderland, Thomas Bopp (Liz) of Randolph, NJ, Judith Campisi (Daniel) of Wilton, CT, Daniel Bopp (Wendy) of Kinderhook, James Bopp (Jane) of Brunswick, and Lisa Meurs (John) of Loudonville; twelve grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; his sister Audrey Hauprich (Donald) of Ballston Spa; his brother Paul Bopp (Agnes) of Delmar; his sister-in-law Bea Bopp of Loudonville; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers John and Kenneth, and his sisters Caroline Dangler and Irene Havens.
Funeral services will be held privately, with interment in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. A memorial mass will be planned for a future date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Leonard’s memory may be made to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, 40 North Main Ave., Albany, NY 12203. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .
Click here to view Leonard’s resting place in Our Lady of Angel’s Cemetery, Colonie, New York (Zip Code Albany, NY 12205).
Please know how very sorry and saddened I am at the passing of your Dad and Grandfather. Some of my most memorable and happiest times were spent with Len. He was family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love to all, Karen
Nancy P Fratianni
So many memories. This man taught me how to ride a bike when I was little. He was always the most visible father in the neighborhood, whether he was riding on the mower in the back fields, or flooding and area in the wintertime so we kids could skate. He and Mrs. Bopp were over to our house many times hanging out with my parents and our families went on vacation together one summer and on day trips.
He was a good man. He spoke his mind and was honest. He will be missed by his family and many others.
To Cindy, Michael, Tom, Judy, Danny, Jim and Lisa….and their families….I am so very sorry for your loss.
Stuart and Jackie Dorenz
We are so sorry for your loss. He was an amazing man. His suffering is now over and he is at peace. May you find peace in your daily lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Please know that you are in my though and prayers….always. I am so sorry. Feeling so blessed to have had such a remarkable uncle in my life. God bless. ❤️❤️❤️RIP Uncle Len✝️
Bob, Cindy and Julie and families, our sincere condolences for the loss of your father and grandfather. God Bless. Frank and Marion Clemente
Audrey and Paul,
I’m sorry to read about the loss of your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with the Bopp family.
From your Dickerman cousin,
My deepest condolences for my cousins, their children, and all other family members. I will forever cherish my memories of Uncle Loenard at family gatherings when I was younger. He always had a smile and loved mingling with us kids. He is now reunited with my Dad and many other family members. Part of him will always be in our hearts and spirits Terry
So sorry for your loss.. Your dad was a great guy. Always like helping him out when he needed it. Can’t get him out of my mine lol. Room 3 Room 3 Room 3.
ALBERT V TURO JR
I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great guy. He was always there to help. I have a pew in our foyer and your dad cut it to make it fit our home. I will always remember his kindness.
judy and family…
please know that my thoughts are with you as you grieve the passing of your father. all who knew him can only find comfort in his religious convictions; the manner in which he lived his life, and his service to a community who share his faith.
all of us will one day meet st. peter…and will be held to account for the choices we have made. few will enjoy the ‘express lane’ that leonard was granted on his way to earning eternal peace at the hand of god.
Caryl / Dick
A legend has left us. He was always the go to guy in any bad times . He had the answer to our problems and if he didn’t,which was was seldom he knew where to get the answer.
Len was my friend for over 50+ years. I will miss him. We are lucky we had him in our lives. My daughter in law said it best after meeting him once and said “ what a gentle man”.
To the family, we will keep him and and you in our thoughts and prayers.
God speed Len, you were the best.
Bob and Cindy Flagler
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Your dad was a special gift from God and he brightened everyone’s day whom he touched.r
Cindy,Mike and family,
So sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a wonderful person ,caring and hard working who always brightened my day when he came to the office. Many memories going back to when we were kids. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
To Cindy and family
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. He was a kind , gentle man . My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family at this difficult time.
Frank and Peggy Holodak
Dear Cindy and Lisa and all of Zoe and Len’s children,
It is with sadness that we send our sympathies to you all. Your Dad was a very special person and we will miss him. We had some wonderful memories celebrating our anniversaries together for many, many years. We will hang on to those good memories as I’m sure each of you have your own precious memories.
I believe your Dad is together now with the love of his life. God bless each one of you and we’ll meet again for the Mass when this Coronavirus is behind us. Please stay safe.
Penny (Meade) Wolford
I worked with Len & Zoe in the Pastoral Center. Len helped me alot with projects in the print shop when I was the new kid on the block. I’m sure Len and Zoe are now dancing up a storm in heaven… My thoughts and prayers are with you…
Cindy, Jim, Lisa and your extended family,
I remember your Dad from some wonderful conversations @Crestwood–
thinking of you all-
Cindy, I was so sorry to see the passing of your dad. My mom was such a fan of your dad’s. She so enjoyed working with him side-by-side in the parish activities for so many years. I know she had a lot of laughs with him. Please know that I’m thinking of you and your family at this time. Hold your memories close to your heart. Regards , Betsy Magin Reutemann
Cindy, Mike and Family
I worked at the Diocese where Len kept on track of all the grounds and building issues that came up. He did it with a cheerful attitude and straightforward approach, while attending to all those needs. I got to know him from times he spent talking in Rich Farrell’s office along with Jack Manning, – always light-hearted conversations!
May he rest in peace.
I’m so sorry Dan to hear of the passing of your father. My condolences to you and your family.
Condolences to you and the entire Bopp family.
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing you peace and comfort. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.
Nicole L Forkeutis
Julie, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear grandfather. The obituary and photos are a wonderful tribute for such a wonderful man. My father also graduated from Phillip Schyler High School and was just a few years younger than your grandfather. I wonder if they knew each other and are meeting again in heaven. May your memories help you heal during this difficult time.
The Bopp Family
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on the passing of your father.
Ellen M. Hedderman
Cindy, Lisa and the entire Bopp Family,
I just want to extend my condolences to you on the passing of your dad. He was a HUGE, and I mean HUGE part of the Hedderman Family over the years. He was always there to lend a helping hand to our parents, Bob and Eleanor, regarding any house-related matter.
When I had the honor of doing my nternship at The Evangelist during my last semester at Saint Rose, I got to see Lenny ( Yes, I was allowed to call him, Lenny, by that point) every day I was at the Pastoral Center. He always made sure I was ok and asked if there was anything I needed to make my wonderful time there, better.
Again, please accept my sympathies on your loss, and I am thinking and praying for you during this difficult time.
Sooooo sorry to hear about Len’s passing away! What a great man he was! He and all of you were so much a part of my college seminary days. Len, Zoey and all of you were ” Family” to all of us seminarians. What a special and loving man he was! We were all blessed to know him and all of you! I am grateful for his many kindnesses, his sense of humor, and
“the gift” he was to all of us! Thank you for sharing him with all of us. You are all in my thoughts and prayers
Cindy and family,
Prayers for Len and all of you. So sorry for your loss. Lenny was one of the good guys. We chatted almost every day when I worked at the May School. I was in the Pastoral Center often. Lenny was loved and admired by many. He will be missed at SPNR as well. May he rest in peace with your mom.
Dear Cindy, Michael, Tommy, Judith, Danny, Jimmy and Lisa –
Your father forged an inspiring and unforgettable legacy of love, light and laughter throughout his long and purpose-filled life. The fact that your Dad had served as Best Man at the marriage of my parents on March 27, 1948 and somehow found a way to make all 10 of their offspring feel special is another reason he will live on in all of our hearts forever.
When I visited with my parents to reminisce about your father following his passing on their 72nd wedding anniversary, Mom asked that a copy of the tribute she had dictated to me for your Dad’s 90th birthday in 2019 be included within this message of consolation so that it might reach all branches of The Leonard Bopp Family Tree. The precious memories of your Dad as recalled by “Big Sis” Audrey Bopp Hauprich follow:
“My earliest memory of my kid brother Len was of him placing his little pants (they were shorts, most likely rompers) on the ironing board so I could press them for him. Poor Zoe later got that job when the pants were much longer!
A copy of a photograph of an 18-month-old Len sporting crisply creased rompers accompanies this 90th birthday tribute. I hope to also include a copy of another of my favorite photos of Len taken a few decades later on the day of his “baby” brother’s wedding. The picture that evokes such fond memories is an 8” x 10” of Len holding out his hand to Ken to show him the time was fast approaching when he would be a single man no more. This was Len’s typical behavior: Always holding out his hand – caring for everyone . . . and little for himself.
For a while in his teens, Len worked for Uncle Justen Tiernan, assisting with painting and wall-papering jobs. Len seemed to have a natural aptitude for creative projects in the building trades. This proved to be a special blessing as I could always call upon him when I had a question about anything, from basement to rooftop.
Len laughed when Don and I bought the historic Victorian house where we still reside in Ballston Spa because it was pretty nearly perfect when we purchased it in 1968 – and then BING! We decided to renovate each and every room.
I was deeply touched on two more recent occasions when Len went the extra mile to bring added sunshine into my life – and Don’s.
The first was in 2014 when Len drove up from Albany to the Saratoga County history museum at Brookside to view the wedding gown that Mama had sewn and worn 100 years earlier. Len’s appearance was a special treat for Don and me as he had been Best Man at our 1948 marriage when I wore Mama’s 1914 bridal gown. (As another example of his giving nature, Len had let Don borrow his tuxedo for our wedding.)
The second recent memory happened when Len and our brother Paul called upon me as I was recovering from a fall I had suffered shortly after my 90th birthday celebrations in 2015. They sat in chairs that had belonged to our ancestors as I rested on a nearby sofa being uplifted by their presence.
In closing, I want to wish my kid brother a Happy 90th Birthday and many, many Happy Returns. Thanks for the wonderful memories, Len!”
I pray my Mom’s words will bring added comfort as the entire Hauprich clan joins you and your loved ones in mourning the passing of a glorious soul who exemplified faith in action while on Earth. Our loss is truly Heaven’s gain.
With heartfelt condolences,
Mary Hauprich Reilly
Dear Cindy, Michael, Tommy, Judy, Danny, Jimmy, Lisa and families,
I was with my mom (Audrey Bopp Hauprich) when she received the sad news of your dad’s passing. She is, of course, devastated, as is our entire family. I believe hearing her brother’s beautiful memorial service posted on the funeral home’s website really helped Mom with the grieving process. She listened closely to every word spoken as I wiped away the tears streaming from the corners of her eyes and running down her cheeks. After breaking the news to Dad on his and Mom’s 72nd anniversary, his first words were, “Len was my best man.” While true, that statement really summed up how my dad felt about Uncle Len in general … his BEST MAN. Please know that your Aunt Audrey and Uncle Don (and the entire Hauprich family) are with you in spirit during this most difficult time.
Sorry to hear about him from my mom today. I knew him through Cindy babysitting my family, St Catherine’s and little league. He will be missed.
Cindy-Michael-Tom-Judy-Dan-Jim-Lisa and Families
May the timeless love of God carry you through this moment.
Our prayers and thoughts are always with you.
Uncle Leonard will always hold a special place in our memories.
Fantastic mind for many situations .
Amazing picnics at Mater Christi.
Dancing with Aunt Zoe at countless weddings.
Sense of humor to light up the room.
Many, many more.
We were very fortunate to be in your wonderful
Don-Audrey & The Hauprich Children
Ursula Sturms Papp
Cindy and Bob, my prayers are with you.