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Deborah Jean (Lundergan) Koprek Obituary
PITTSFIELD - Mrs. Deborah Jean (Lundergan) Koprek, 61, of Pittsfield, MA passed away peacefully at Albany Medical Center on Sunday, September 18, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Pittsfield, MA on February 25, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Robert Lundergan and Shirley (White) Lundergan Karpenski. Deborah was educated in local schools and was a 1973 graduate of Pittsfield High School. She was a communicant of St. Mark's Church, where she cooked, cleaned and volunteered; she also served as a Cantor for many years. Additionally, Deborah was a member of the Rosary Sodality and the church choir. Her beautiful voice became well-known throughout the Berkshires and Deborah was a popular vocalist at many weddings in the County and beyond. Deborah also served as a Eucharistic Minister at Berkshire Medical Center through St. Charles Church. Deborah worked as a paraprofessional at Pittsfield High School where, as a job coach, she aided dozens of individuals with special needs to help them successfully obtain gainful employment. As recent as this past summer, Deborah worked with special needs campers through the Boys and Girls Club to teach life skills. Deborah was extremely proud to be a self-taught, accomplished baker and cook and as a result, countless people were fortunate to partake in her gift. She was a special soul who ministered to all who crossed her path and would visit individuals who were shut-in or elderly, doing whatever she could to ease their troubles, whether it be preparing and delivering meals, transporting to appointments or assisting with daily living. She also loved all animals and was known to take in strays of all breeds, always caring, healing and loving each of them without condition. Ten years ago, Deborah was the recipient of a kidney transplant. Following her successful surgery, she willingly and selflessly devoted a great deal time traveling to Brigham and Women's Hospital in order to participate in further research and studies around kidney disease and kidney transplants. Deborah did this in gratitude for her continuation of life and with the hopes that others' suffering from kidney disease might be spared. She and her husband, Joseph W. Koprek, were married in St. Mark's Church on September 10, 1977, celebrating their 39th anniversary last week. In addition to her mother and her husband, Deborah leaves a son Adam Koprek and his wife, Elizabeth; a brother William (Pamela) Lundergan as well as Joseph's siblings and their spouses: Carol Colombari (Peter), Teresa Penna (Joseph), JoAnn Koprek and Ronald (Susan) Koprek. She also survived by her beloved Godchildren and many cherished nieces and nephews. Deborah's family would like to express their deepest and heartfelt thanks to Donna Joy Mullany, Deborah's kidney donor, who gave them an extra ten years of life and love together. They are also grateful to Dr. Anil Chandraker, Chair of the Renal Department at Brigham and Women's Hospital, for his special care and compassion toward Deborah during her surgery, recovery and continued healthcare services over the last decade. FUNERAL SERVICES: Calling hours for Deborah Koprek will take place on Wednesday, September 21 at St. Marks Church, 400 West Street, Pittsfield, from 3 to 7 PM. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Thursday morning, September 22, at 10:00 AM. at St. Mark's Church. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Deborah's honor to the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation in care of the DEVANNY-CONDRON FUNERAL HOME, 40 Maplewood Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 1, 2016
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