BALLSTON SPA – Maryetta M. (Dopp) Harris, age 90, passed away peacefully at Saratoga Center for Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing (formerly Maplewood Manor) on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, after a brief illness.
Born in Amsterdam on April 1, 1925, she was the daughter of Carrie (O’Brien) Dopp and Edward Dopp. Maryetta was predeceased by both parents, as well as her brother, Laverne Dopp.
In her early years, Maryetta was an accomplished vocalist, and was a member of the Mohawk Mills Choral Society for 15 years; she also had her own radio program on WGFM in 1946.
Maryetta was predeceased by her beloved husband, David E. Harris. Maryetta and David loved an adventure, and traveled annually to the island of Jamaica. They created many wonderful memories (and friendships) in Jamaica throughout the years.
Maryetta is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dolores (Kovaric) and Daniel Mabb of Ballston Spa, her son and daughter-in-law, Dean (Sr.) and Shirleen Kreplin of South Bethlehem, her son, Mark Kreplin of Scotia, and her son, Emile “Eddie” Kovaric. Maryetta is also survived by her stepson and his wife, David and Kathy Harris of Latham, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and her beloved Ragdoll cat, Tiki.
Special thanks to Dorothy Blake, LPN, formerly of Saratoga Center for Rehab and Skilled Nursing, for always being Maryetta’s greatest advocate (from Day 1!). Also, a special thank you to the many wonderful caregivers (past and present) at Saratoga Center…your caring and compassion will never be forgotten. Words cannot express the gratitude felt toward Maryetta’s amazing Hospice nurse, Dorothea “Dorothy” Sperry, and Hospice Social Worker, Sally Yellin. Special thanks to Maryetta’s dear friends, Steve and Gary Nicolaus, Annemarie Stahl, Kathy Lacy, Cathy Desfosse, and Jeanne Brooks. In addition, our sincere thanks to Rolland Hoag and the wonderful staff at Compassionate Funeral Care (Saratoga Springs), for always helping make difficult times a bit easier.
At Maryetta’s request, there will be no calling hours or service. A private interment will be held in the spring at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made in Maryetta’s memory to: Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, or to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.