Darlene A. Kopke
Darlene is the youngest, and only surviving daughter of Arthur John Kopke and Barbara Pauline Rose Mall Kopke. Barbara, with her sister Agnes Emma Mall and brother John George Mall, Sr. are among the charter members of Irving Park Gospel Hall, which became Norwood Gospel Chapel and Portage Park Gospel Chapel, which spawned several other assemblies.
Darlene was born around 1941, and is presently in fellowship with Northwest Gospel Chapel in Chicago, but gave her life to Norwood Gospel Chapel from the earliest days as a child at Irving Park Gospel Hall. She started an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship meeting at the University of Eastern Illinois in the mid-1960's that continued at least throughout her education.
Darlene taught for thirty years in the Schiller Park area of Chicago, half of which to 2nd graders and the other half to 3rd graders. She never married, and has no children, but she gave over 25 years of her life to teaching Sunday School at Norwood Gospel Chapel, as well as directing DVBS, and involved with the worship team. She was one of the last remaining members when Norwood closed in recent years, and donated her historical archive to Dick Sanders. She gave a phone interview on November 5, 2019 with Doug Engle that was very illuminating concerning early days at both Norwood, from experience, and Irving Park, from anecdote.
- phone interview 11-5-2019 with Darlene Kopke