Ethel Goplen - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

April 12, 1929 - February 29, 2024

Ethel Goplen, age 94, of Minneapolis, went to be with her Lord on Feb. 29, 2024.

Preceded in death by husband, Sherman Goplen; infant sister, Cheryl Bode; son-in-law, Rick Puterbaugh; siblings-in-law, Phillip (Elsie) Goplen, Ruby (Les) Johnson, Edith Goplen, Edith (Bud) Hollibaugh, Maynard (Louise) Goplen and Mike O’Day.

Survived by children, Rosanne (Michael) Eastling, Sandy Puterbaugh, Kevin (Barb) Goplen, Lisa (David) Springborn, Scott (Cathy) Goplen and Rick (Jen) Goplen; 15 grandchildren, Matthew (Marissa) Eastling, Paul (Amy) Eastling, John Eastling, Sean Graham, Nicole (Eric, Sr.) Minea, Jennifer Dykes, Bryan (Andrea) Puterbaugh, Meghan (Ted) Soler, Mitchell Springborn, Jackson Goplen, Emily Goplen, Grant (fiancé, Grace Minder) Goplen, Seth Goplen, Kari Goplen and Brett Goplen; 15 great-grandchildren, Halle, Sidney, Penny, Ezra, Isaak, Marthe Eastling, Corey (Haley) Puterbaugh, Eric, Jr., Mia, Aubrey Minea, CJ, Chaisjon Combs, Mara, Gavin Michalek, and Kylee Puterbaugh; great-great grandchildren, Quincey Puterbaugh, Sieglinde and Damien Minea; sister, Hazel O'Day, brothers-in-law, Frank and Arlie Goplen; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.


  1. Amy J Lowry says:

    All my love and support to everyone! I didn’t get the chance to meet this Amazing woman, but I am blessed to be part of her family via her granddaughter Jenn Dykes. Mrs.Ethel’s memories will live on through her children, grand children, and great grandchildren. I have heard many stories about her!

  2. Chuck & Kimberly Reed says:

    Sending Love and comfort and prayers of God’s peace to the entire Goplen family.

  3. Lois Raduenz says:

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Prayers for comfort and peace.

  4. Renee Waclaw says:

    Our deepest sympathy for a wonderful woman and her family. Ethel and Hazel attended many Vision Loss Resources events and were such a joy to be around. She will be missed .

  5. Jon Belsaas says:

    I grew up with three of the Goplen children and have many memories of Mrs. Goplen. They’re an amazing family because of their awesome parents. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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