Anthony Lopata, 87, of Westminster, died Wednesday morning, July 10, 2013, at home.
Born Nov. 24, 1925, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Andrew and Nina Lishchuk Lopata, who were Russian immigrants. He was the husband of Madeline LaVelle Lopata, his wife of 48½ years, who died March 3, 1999.
He was a 1944 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, where he played baseball and basketball and was a star halfback and linebacker on the football team. After graduating, he enlisted in the Army
Air Corps, where he served as Sergeant in the Pacific region during World War II
He was a partner at the Baltimore architectural firm of Wrenn, Lewis and Jencks, where he worked for 20 years. The firm's work included the Johns Hopkins Club, the La Plata Courthouse and several additions to the Baltimore Museum of Art.
In 1978, he left the firm and began working at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where he served as director of Plant Planning until his retirement after brain surgery in 1989.
He was an active member of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Baltimore for many years, until health issues made it difficult for him to travel. He moved to Carroll County in 1975, fulfilling a lifelong dream of moving his family to the country. Before becoming housebound, he enjoyed riding his tractor, planting corn and spending time with his boxers and two horses on his 100-acre property. He was an avid Baltimore sports fan and enjoyed going to Orioles and Colts games with his children and nephews, and later watching Ravens games on TV with his grandson. He enjoyed time with his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his great-granddaughters in his later years.
Surviving are daughter and son-in-law Carol and Graham Stewart, of Westminster; son and daughter-in-law Alan and Deborah Lopata, of Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law Betty Lopata, of Eureka, Ill., and Cathy and husband James Cooke, of Stewartstown, Pa.; grandchildren Nina, Rebecca, Laura, and Andrew Stewart, all of Westminster; great-granddaughters Anya Stewart and Ella Tucker, of Westminster; two nieces; and five nephews.
He was predeceased by siblings Alex, John, Andrew and Vera Lopata.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Chapel at Cathedral Gardens Cemetery, 6480 Eli Bank Drive, Elkridge, with the Rev. John Vass, of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Baltimore. Interment with military honors will follow.
Online condolences may be offered at www.prittsfuneralhome.com
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