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John E. Korpics Jr. Obituary
Korpics, John E., Jr.John E. Korpics, Jr., 94, of Lehigh Avenue, Palmerton, died Saturday evening, July 19, 2014, at Summit Nursing and Rehab Ct, Lehighton. He was the husband of Elizabeth "Betty" M. (Lawrence) Korpics since Sept 27, 1941. Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late John E., Sr. and Julia (Yankovich) Korpics. John worked in the vertical plant of the fmr NJ Zinc Co., Palmerton, for 45 years, retiring in 1981. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Palmerton. John Edward Korpics, Jr was born in Palmerton ninety-four years ago. He was the third of five children born to parents who emigrated from the tiny slavish country of Wen in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He took great pride in his Windish heritage which embraced a strong religious, family-oriented, hard-working, ethical and fun-loving foundation. In his young years. John was a known athlete who excelled in football and basketball. The 1938 Palmerton High Senior Mirror Yearbook contains the following excerpt, "No one could score against the mighty Northampton team until Korpics, center for the team, intercepted a pass and ran 60 yards for a touchdown." He was also a formidable basketball player whose nickname was "Garb", indicative of a sharp dresser... and John certainly was one. Beneath his yearbook photo a poem notes: "Johnny is so busy with his female friend that we're inclined to believe in marriage it will end." Everyone knew to whom that poem referred. Upon her high school graduation in 1941, John married Elizabeth Marie Lawrence and in 1944 Patricia Susan Marie was born into a loving household. John was a superb carpenter and stone mason who later built a cabin with outstanding fireplaces and stonework along Big Creek. Here he enjoyed family times fishing, swimming, motorcycling and riding in his convertibles. He even talked Betty into joining him on her very own motorcycle. He was an avid dancer and every Saturday night was dance night with his favorite partner at the Ukrainian Club in Bethlehem. John continually demonstrated a deep love for his wife and daughter, and the three were inseparable. They played and prayed together. In 1964 John was a very proud father of the bride and puffed on his white ivory pipe with Betty at his side while he drove his shiny Oldsmobile convertible through town. Later, John was blessed with three grandchildren: Susan, Jon and Helen. He frequently expressed his joy that all graduated from college and had done well. It was still later than John was presented with four great grandchildren who he also loved dearly. As most Palmertonians of the time, John worked for the New Jersey Zinc Company in various positions, most notably in a processing area known as the "Vertical". It was difficult and somewhat dangerous work from which he retired in 1981 at the age of 61 after forty-some years of services. John purchased a few acres of property in a location he said was conducive to growing crops. Up until a few years ago, he would manually cultivate a large area where he planted a variety of vegetables. He dug by hand because he wanted the physical exercise. He employed old world techniques avoiding pesticides, and his veggies were remarkable. They would have won a blue ribbon at any country fair. He proudly distributed vegetable to his family and canned for the winter. He was quite the farmer. John Edward Korpics, Jr. lived an interesting and exemplary life. He loved and was loved. He lives in our memories; a loving husband, a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather. Survivors: wife; daughter Patricia S., wife of A. Frank Ukropec of Wallingford, Delaware County; three Grandchildren, Susan, John and Helen; 4 great grandchildren; sisters Virginia Chomko of Walnutport, Christine Buck of Port Charlotte, FL; several nieces and nephews. He was Predeceased by brothers, Vincent and Charles. Services: Mass of Christian Burial, 11:00 am Monday, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 243 Lafayette Avenue, Palmerton, PA 18071. Call 10 - 11 am Monday in church. Interment Parish's New Cemetery, Stoney Ridge, Road, Palmerton. Arrangements Campton Funeral Home, Palmerton. Online condolences: www.schislerfuneralhome.com Contributions: Church Memorial Fund & , Carbon-Tamaqua Unit, 33 W. Ridge Street, Lansford, PA 18232
Published in Morning Call on July 23, 2014
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