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Andrea J. Gropper

July 27, 1944 August 25, 2018
Andrea J. Gropper
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Andrea (Shapps) Gropper, 74, formerly of Andover passed away on August 25, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on July 27, 1944, daughter of the late William and Edith (Rothman) Shapps.

Andrea was beloved by many friends, colleagues, and cousins. Andrea was born and raised in Chicago and is an alumna of Roosevelt University. She moved to Andover, Mass with her husband where they raised their two children. During this long period of Andrea’s life she was the Human Resource Director for twenty years at Arthur D. Little, Inc in Cambridge Mass. Her work at Arthur D. Little Inc was followed in 2003 by the creation of Merik Associates, Andrea’s independent Human Resource Consulting Firm in the Merrimack Valley. Andrea’s company focused on providing services to small business owners and underserved populations.

Andrea’s company Merik Associates was recognized by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce with the Woman Owned Small Business Award. In addition to being a small business owner, Andrea was an Instructor in Human Resources Management at Northern Essex Community College from 2009-2017. Teaching granted Andrea with the opportunity and satisfaction of being able to give back to the community that had provided much for her and her family. Andrea’s teaching and business career offered invaluable knowledge and support to individuals and businesses in the Merrimack Valley. Her love for her children, grandchildren and family knew no bounds. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her, her family, friends, colleagues, and students.

Andrea was married to Kenneth Gropper March 15, 1970 and was predeceased by Kenneth in 1998. She is survived by her son Eric Gropper (Lisa Kirk Gropper) grandchildren Emery and Pilar; daughter Megan Gropper grandchildren Aleksandrea Elizabeth and Kenzie. She is also survived by her sister Pamela (nee Shapps) Cowin and her husband Stuart, aunt to Piper, Jason and David; her sister-in-laws Elaine Jacobs and her late husband Samuel, aunt to Dasha and Shira; and Sheila Gropper Nelson.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her funeral service on Tuesday, Sept. 4th at 11:00 in Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Rd. Andover, MA. Interment will follow in Temple Emanuel Cemetery, Lawrence. Arrangements are by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes Bradford – Haverhill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Gropper/Shapps Memorial Fund at Temple Emanuel (Andover, MA) or the ASPCA (memorial donation).

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11:00 AM 9/4/2018 11:00:00 AM
Temple Emanuel Andover

7 Haggetts Pond Rd
Andover, MA 01810

Temple Emanuel Andover
7 Haggetts Pond Rd Andover 01810 MA
United States

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Temple Emanuel Cemetery Final Resting Place

Cemetery Road
Lawrence, MA 01843

Cemetery Road Lawrence 01843 MA
United States

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Temple Emanuel Andover

7 Haggetts Pond Rd
Andover, MA 01810

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