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Elaine Poppelreiter

June 29, 1935 — January 28, 2021

Saltillo—Elaine Florence Poppelreiter, 85, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021, at the Page Green House at Traceway Retirement Community. Elaine was born June 29, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of William and Florence Moyer Enfinger. Her family moved to Clearwater, Florida shortly after her birth. It was there she met her husband, John Poppelreiter and they shared 47 years of marriage. The mother of ten children, Elaine was the picture of the all American homemaker. Her family could always count on a delicious home cooked meal. Even with all her domestic responsibilities, Elaine somehow found time for things she enjoyed. She loved to travel and enjoyed many cruises as well as annual summer trips visiting relatives on the Jersey Shore. She was a longtime member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and attended St. James Catholic Church as well.
Elaine leaves behind nine children, Theresa McCarter, Johnny Poppelreiter (Debbie), Donna Owen (Bruce), and Andy Poppelreiter (Mechelle), all of Saltillo, Monica Hauss (Jim) of Greenville, South Carolina, Tony Poppelreiter (Robyn) Sheila Alexander (Michael), all of Saltillo, Lisa Buse (Ronny) of Tupelo, and Tina Poppelreiter of Saltillo; 29 grandchildren, Kenny (Lailah) Valentine, Kevin (Tracy) Valentine, Keri (Geoffrey) Phillips, Timmy (Jeanette) McCarter, Traci (Jacob) Brock, Jessica (Brian) Austin, Will Owen, Elizabeth (Tim) Kinard, Laura (Jamey) Logan, Kristain (Chris) Joshlin, Bethany (Justin ) Clark, Michael Simmons, Justin Sullivan, Jordan Poppelreiter, Drew (Emily) Poppelreiter, Anna (Perry) Poole, Simon Poppelreiter, Sarah (Zachary) Trace, Laine (Jeffrey) Bryant, Kayla (Wes) Smith, Jeremy (Amanda) Poppelreiter, Emily (Steven) Thrasher, Jacob (Ashley) Poppelreiter, Derek Steele, Christopher (Emily) Buse, Eric Buse ,Isaac Buse, Eli Buse, Josh (Rachel) Poppelreiter; 41 great-grandchildren, Zack, Austin, John Bucy, Magdalene, Lydia, Addi, Ava, Hayden, Tucker, Georgia, Will, Parker, Maggie, Claire, Lexi, Jackson, PJ , Jude, Connor, Khloe, Hollis, Jasper, Millie, Carli ,Scout, Isaiah, Kinleigh, Adeline, Walker, John Tiner, Samuel Shepard, Julian, Penelope Ann, John Henry, Dallas, Jack Calvary, Caleb, Aidan, Henley, John Avery, Willow Davis; five great-grandchildren, Bailey, Jaxon, Aiden, Maci, Guinevere, and Nolan; two sisters-in-law, Becky and Julie; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; a son, George Poppelreiter (Star); two grandsons, Will Owen and Michael Simmons; a great-grandson, Samuel Shepherd Clark; and three brothers, Billy, Bob, and Jimmy Enfinger.
A private funeral mass will be held for family on Monday, February 1, 2021 with Father Henry Shelton and Father Tim Murphy officiating. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Monday at St. Thomas of Aquinas Catholic Cemetery. W.E. Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Isaac and Eli Buse will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the Will Own Scholarship at St. James Catholic Church, 845 Lakeshire Dr., Tupelo, MS 38804.
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Monday, February 1, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

St. James Catholic Church

845 Lakeshire Drive, Tupelo, MS 38804

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Graveside Service

Monday, February 1, 2021

Starts at 3:00 pm (Central time)

St. Thomas of Aquinas Catholic Cemetery

, Saltillo, MS 38866

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