Mary Ann Rose Chopyak, 60, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, in Hamlin.
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Born Feb. 10, 1950, in Pittston, she was the daughter of the late John Chopyak and Mary Volansky Chopyak, presently residing in Hughestown.
She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston.
Mary Ann attended Mansfield College, Luzerne County Community College and Wilkes University, where she earned an RN (BS). She also received a Master's degree in nursing at the University of Delaware.
As a registered nurse, she worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center until 1982. She then worked at M. Saleem's medical practice from 1982 to present, as a nurse and office manager.
Mary Ann was unforgettable to anyone who ever met her. She was quiet, good-natured, intelligent, kind and loved by everyone, including and especially her family, friends and all the patients in Hamlin where she worked.
Dedicated to her family, she took care of her ailing mother, 89, while handling a full-time job.
Her passion in life was her Roman Catholic religion, evidenced by her daily attendance at Mass and considerable contributions to Catholic charities. She gave of herself totally to helping others in need in numerous ways.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her father, John Chopyak, on Dec. 26, 1987.
Surviving are her mother, Mary Chopyak, Hughestown; sister, Naomi Chopyak, Hughstown; brothers, John A. and wife, Judy, Plymouth; George and wife, Anne and their daughters, Becca and Talia, West Virginia; and Daniel and fiancee, Marilyn Smith, Hughestown; and longtime friend, Saleem, Hamlin.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday from Kizis-Lokuta Funeral Home, 134 Church St., Pittston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Slovak Cemetery, Exeter.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary, Route 315, Laflin, PA 18705.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Dec. 27, 2010