Anthony Chopyak, 46, of Dorrance Township passed away suddenly Saturday, July 19, 2014, due to a motorcycle accident.
He was born April 28, 1968, in Pittston, and was the son of Stephen Chopyak and the late Mary Kay Rucco and a member of St. Mary's Church, Dorrance Township.
Tony was a graduate of Red Rock Job Corps, where he learned the craft of masonry. He received a vocational teaching certification from Temple University and taught masonry at the Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center in Plains Township for the past six years. Tony was a 25-year member and employee of the International Bricklayers Union Local No. 5 and also was self-employed as a mason.
Tony was a classic car enthusiast who happily spent time restoring his 1963 Chevy Impala. He had a contagious smile and a real zest for life. He loved the wooded surroundings of his new home where he and his beloved wife, Joanne, spent time working outdoors and playing with their dog, Jethro.
He enjoyed teaching, passing his beloved craft on to his students. At family parties, Tony would always be found at the grill preparing a fantastic meal for his family and friends.
Everyone who met Tony became an instant friend. He dearly loved his family and will be sadly missed by his wife, Joanne, and by brothers and sisters who were his best friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, the former Mary Kay Rucco.
Presently surviving, in addition to his father, Stephen, and stepmother, Betty J. Kleman, of Hughestown, are his loving wife, the former Joanne Latze; brothers, Stephen and companion, Debbie, Wilkes-Barre; David and wife, Tracey, Dallas; Michael and companion, Carolyne, Pittston; and Aaron and companion, Carissa, Pittston; sister, Rachel and companion, Pat, Hanover; nieces and nephews, Taryn, David, Blake, Bryce, Jace, Bradyn, Brislyn, Kierstin, Mariah and Brandon; stepsons, Michael and wife, Brooke Vnuk, Nuangola; and David and wife, Michelle Vnuk, Newport Township; stepgrandchildren, Myla and Nathan Vnuk; stepsister, Kim Binklocker; stepniece, Kylie Troutman; and stepnephew, Jarid Blass.
The funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday from Grontkowski Funeral Home P.C., 51-53 W. Green St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Dorrance.
Burial will be in the parish cemetery, Dorrance.
Friends and family may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.