The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

April 17, 2013

Andrew P. Okopal

WINDBER — OKOPAL – Andrew P., 78, Windber, formerly of Johnstown, died April 16, 2013, at Windber Hospice. Born Oct. 1, 1934, in Luzerne, Pa., son of the late Francis and Helen (Kish) Okopal. Also preceded in death by a brother, James. Survived by wife of 56 years, the former Barbara Podolan; and children, Andrew F., Brooklyn, N.Y.; Susan, wife of David Roberts, Johnstown; Robert, married to the former Beverly Chorik, Mount Airy, Md.; and Vicki, wife of Fred Turjan, Middletown, Pa. Grandfather to David (Melissa) Roberts, Johnstown; Brad Roberts, Pittsburgh; Rebecca (Collin) Moseley, Hawaii; Nathan Roberts, Johnstown; Samantha and Alec Okopal, Mount Airy, Md.; and Maddie, Gracie and Freddie Turjan, all of Middletown. Brother of Tom (Donna) Okopal, Clarksburg; Carole Okopal, Homer City; and Nickolas (Linda) Okopal, Oakdale. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and special caregivers, Cara Miller and Jessica Berkey. A U.S. Navy veteran of Korean War. Graduate of IUP. Former school teacher at Clarion-Limestone School District, Shade School District, Joseph Johns and Greater Johnstown Vo-Tech. He coached girls volleyball and softball. Andy was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed spending time with his many friends. Former member of St. Patrick’s Church, Johnstown, and joined St. Anthony’s Church upon relocating to Windber four years ago. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Meek & Dalla Valle Funeral Home Inc., Windber, where vigil service will be held. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony’s Church, TOR Franciscans. Military rites following Mass by Windber VFW Ritual Team. Memorials may be made to Windber Hospice in Andy’s memory.

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