Peter Wallace "Poopsie" Zofchak, 83, of Houston, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Canonsburg Hospital.
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He was born April 26, 1931, in Meadow Lands, a son of the late Susan Kaskie Zofchak and Matthew Zofchak.
On June 12, 1954, he married Mary Anne Yarkosky, who passed away September 29, 2005.
Surviving are three sons, Jeffrey and wife Debra of McDonald, Larry and wife Lisa of Muse and David and wife Lisa of Houston; seven grandchildren, Jessica, Megan, Leah, Lauren Erney, Lindsey, Derek and Carly Zofchak; three great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Jordan and Malaina; and two brothers, Dennis of Washington and George and wife Florence of Washington.
Deceased is a brother, Donald "Luger" Zofchak Sr.
Mr. Zofchak retired from Cooper Power Systems in Canonsburg.
He joined the U.S. Army and completed his basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. He went on to paratrooper training and jump school in Fort Benning, Ga., within the 506th unit of the 82nd Airborne, making 36 jumps. He was then attached to the 3rd Infantry Division, 15th Regiment, Company B, where he went onto the Korean War, from 1951 to 1952, leaving with the rank of sergeant first class.
Next, Mr. Zofchak went to Germany, attached with the 2nd Armor Division, patrolling the Iron Curtain. He played football in the Rhine Football Conference, winning the German championship in 1952.
He earned numerous medals, including the Korean Service Medal with two bronze service stars, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachute Badge, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Occupation Medal of Germany; he turned down three Purple Hearts. He had a "Band of Brothers" with whom he kept in touch.
Mr. Zofchak referred to life after Korea as "bonus time."
He was the last charter member of Chartiers Township Volunteer Fire Department. He was a charter member of Holy Name Society of Miraculous Medal Church, a member of Fraternal Order of Bears 83, SNPJ Lodge 138 of Strabane, Veterans of Foreign Wars 191 and American Legion Post 902, where he proudly served on the honor guard.
Mr. Zofchak enjoyed hunting and fishing, spending time with his family, and listening and going to polka dances and events in the area.
Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where departing prayers will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at noon Saturday in Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, 300 Pike Street, Meadow Lands, with the Rev. John L. O'Shea officiating. Interment, with full military honors accorded by VFW Post 191 Honor Guard, will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Canonsburg.
To view or express condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.
Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc.
304 West Pike St
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Published in Observer-Reporter on July 18, 2014