b. circa 2 May 1872, d. 16 March 1948
- Father: John Ruopp b. 22 January 1827, d. 31 May 1903
- Mother: Rosina Zeifang b. 14 May 1830, d. 23 February 1918
- Rosina Ruopp was born circa 2 May 1872 in New York.
- John Ruopp and Rosina Zeifang appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Suspension Bridge, Niagara County, New York. Other members of the household included Rosina Ruopp, Jacob Ruopp Kelberer and Lucy Ruopp.
- She married Henry L. Colpoys, son of William Colpoys and Anna Eliza McNerney, circa 1892.
- Henry L. Colpoys and Rosina Ruopp appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 1341 Ontario Avenue. Other members of the household included Lewis Howard Colpoys.
- The following appeared on 1 June 1903 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: John Ruopp of No. 733 West Pierce Avenue, died yesterday morning at 5 oclock of old age. Deceased was one of the best known and most respected German residents of the city. He was 76 years of age and for over forty years has been a resident of this city, coming from Germany in the days of the old village of Suspension Bridge.
The surviving relatives are a wife, two daughters, Miss Lucy Ruopp and Mrs. Henry L. Colpoys and two step children, Mrs. A. Schleisinger and Mr. Jacob R. Kelberer.
The funeral will be observed tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the German Zion's Lutheran Church. The Rev. F. R. Hoffmann will officiate and the interment will be made in Oakwood cemetery.
- Henry L. Colpoys and Rosina Ruopp appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 2113 Main Street. Other members of the household included Lewis Howard Colpoys, William T. Colpoys and Anna Eliza McNerney.
- Henry L. Colpoys and Rosina Ruopp appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Niagara Falls, New York, at 2113 Main Street.
- Rosina Ruopp became a widow at the 8 March 1924 death of her husband Henry L. Colpoys.
- The following appeared on 8 March 1924 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Henry L. Colpoys died at 4 o'clock this morning at his home, No. 2113 Main street, following an illness that extended over a period of eight years. Mr. Colpoys was stricken by paralysis eight years ago and has been in ill health since. For some time past he has been confined to his bed. His condition became critical several days ago and he sank rapidly, death ending his suffering early this morning.
Mr. Colpoys was 60 years old and was born in Niagara Falls, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Colpoys, early residents of the north end section of the city. Like many of the youth of that part of the city he entered the railroad business early in life and rose to the position of freight agent for the Erie railroad. He held that position several years but retired from it in 1905 to enter the hotel business, becoming proprietor of the United States hotel, at No. 2113 Main street.
Mr. Colpoys conducted the hoten until 1916, when he suffered a stroke of paralysis. His illness compelled him to retire from the hotel business.
Before his illness Mr. Colpoys had an active interest in the political affairs of the city and was a police commissioner under the mayoralty administration of the late John M. Hancock. He was a member of the Niagara Falls Fourth Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, the Falls lodge of Elks and the Niagara Falls Exempt Firemen's association. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rose R. Colpoys, his son, Lewis H. Colpoys, formerly city building inspector, and two brothers, George J. Colpoys, vice-president, treasurer and general manager of the Cataract City Milling company and a member of the Board of Education, and James F. Colpoys.
The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home and at 3 o'clock at the Church of the Sacred Heart in South avenue. Burial in Oakwood cemetery.
- The following appeared on 30 January 1942 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: Two native residents of Niagara Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob R. Kilberer, will observe informally Sunday the fifty-fourth anniversary of their wedding by being at home to their friends at their residence, 828 Pierce avenue, after 5 o'clock in the afternoon. Early Sunday afternoon they will be entertained at dinner by their son, Alexander F. Kilberer, and Mrs. Kelberer.
Another honored guest at the observance Sunday will be Miss Theresa Galser, who celebrated her seventy-fifth birthday on Jan. 17 and who is the only one of the four wedding attendants at the Kelberers' marriage who is living.
Mr. Kelberer, now 79 years old, was born in the same block in which he now resides. He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kilberer and his father was killed during the Civil war without ever having seen the new-born son. He was, tbefore his retirement some years ago, in the general contracting business. Still in active health, he is an ardent member of the Exempt Firemen's association and still continues his membership in the Carpenters' union.
Mrs. Kelberer, now 73 years old, is the former Miss Clara Augusta Hannel, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Hannel, who was a clerk of the old Mansion House at Suspension Bridge. She, too, was born not far from her present residence.
The couple were united in marriage in the early evening of Feb. 1, 1888, at the old German United Zion church, by the Rev. Mr. Hoffman. The church stood on the present site of the Sacred Heart parochial school in South avenue.
Mr. Kelberer has one sister living. She is Mrs. Rose Colpoys, of this city. Mrs. Kelberer has seven brothers and sisters living. They are Mrs. Emma Sparmon; Charles Hannel and Albert Hannel, all of Florida; Mrs. Rose Leighton, Mrs. Josephine Slack and George Hannel, all of this city.
The Kelberers have three living sons. They are Alexander F. Kelberer, supervisor of the Eighth ward; Clarence and Howard Kelberer, both members of the city fire department. William, the eldest son, was killed overseas in the first World War. There are seven grandchildren.
- Rosina Ruopp died on 16 March 1948.
- Last Edited: 30 Nov 2014