Memorial Nov. 26 for Gardnerville resident |

Memorial Nov. 26 for Gardnerville resident

Staff Reports

A memorial is Nov. 26 at High Sierra Fellowhship in Minden to celebrate the life of Theresa “Terri” (Ziegler) Poppenga, who died Nov. 2, 2011, at her home in Gardnerville after a four-year battle with breast cancer.

Mrs. Poppenga was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. A teller at City National Bank, her co-workers rallied around her to help her after she had to stop working at the end of May. A benefit for her was held in August.

She was involved with High Sierra Fellowship, so the congregation is hosting the fundraiser.

“She trusts in the Lord and believes that all things happen for a reason,” City National Bank Client Service Officer Audrey Slobe said last summer. “She may not know or understand why this is happening to her or why it happened to her in the first place, but she isn’t giving up. She is an extraordinary person. With the help of so many caring people she has been able to stand strong knowing she has all of the support she needs.”

Born Aug. 4, 1954, to Clarence and Ruth Ziegler in Sioux Falls, S.D., she was a resident of Sioux Falls for 33 years. In 1988 she and her family moved to Lake Tahoe, and then Gardnerville, where she made her home.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Ruth and two grandchildren.

She is survived by children Dodie (Poppenga) Poncelas of Fairfield, Calif., Sarah Poppenga of Gardnerville, and Dean Poppenga II of Carson City; grandchildren Audrey, Dean III and Vanessa Poppenga; two sisters: Anita (Ziegler) Tobin of Port Orchard, Wash., and Marlene Ziegler (Reed Waters) of Sioux Falls, S.D., and her brother Roger Ziegler of Sioux Falls, SD; her niece Amanda Tobin of Bremerton, Wash., and nephew David Ziegler of Sioux Falls, S.D.