Henry J. Opalach

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Henry J. Opalach, 92, of Westport, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at home. He was the loving husband of Claire Jospe Opalach for 30 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by her two sons and their families, Pierre A. (Julie) of San Francisco, Calif., and Robert D. (Janet) of Stanardsville, Va.

The family would like to express its thanks and appreciation to the Visiting Nurses and Hospice of Fairfield County for its care of Henry in his time of need.

Henry was born March 11, 1920, in Manchester, a son of the late Stanislaw and Marianne Opalach. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II from March 1942 to November 1945 as a radio operator. He served in the Pacific Theater, where he received the Bronze Medal and other commendations. Upon leaving the service he began a successful career in sales with P. Ballantine & Sons, Wethersfield, and retiring from B. Vetrano, Bristol. He was a long-time blood donor and had been recognized by the American Red Cross for his efforts. Henry was a lifelong learner with a keen intellect, avid reader, gardener, and golfer. He was a hard worker - never meeting a project that wasn't completed to perfection. His optimism and sense of spirit touched all who knew him.

Besides his wife and her family, Henry will be sadly missed by the ones he leaves behind, including his sisters, Agnes Simpson of Manchester, Maureen Johnson of Bolton; and his two daughters, Frances Anderson (Stephen) of Old Saybrook and Avamarie Kyle (William) of Glastonbury; his beloved granddaughter, Nora Anderson of Cheshire; and several special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen F. O'Leary Opalach in 1974; his brothers, Stanley, Edward, and Raymond; and his sisters, Stella Kiro, Ida Vallera, Doris Grisel, and Regina Coope.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at St. James Church, 896 Main St., Manchester. Burial with full military honors will follow at St. Bridget's Cemetery.

At Henry's request there will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John Polish National Catholic Church, 23 Golway St., Manchester, CT 06042.

Arrangements are under the care of the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 W. Center St., Manchester, CT 06040.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Nov. 1 to Nov. 5, 2012
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