The KOPKAU's came to Michigan in 1873, so Wilhelmina probably had no memories of her life in Eastern Europe. They settled in Emmet County in northern lower Michigan surrounded by forests and the beaches of Lake Michigan. Her uncle, aunt, and cousins also lived in the same area, until Wilhelmina's family moved south to Lansing, sometime before 1900.
|Minnie, circa 1890|
Minnie and Otto had five children:
- Carl Frederick (1893-1952)
- Louise Wilhelmina (1895-1973) my great-grandmother
- Eva Caroline (1897-1950)
- Ferdinand Otto (1900-1964)
- Edward Rudolf (1905-1965)
Minnie died 3 June 1915 in Lansing, just one year after her own mother. Minnie was only 44 years old. Otto never remarried, and used the help of the many interconnected family and neighbors in their Lansing neighborhood to help raise the children.
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