William R. Dopko, Dunmore, died Wednesday at the Golden Living Center. His wife is Nancy A. Gratkowski Dopko. The couple would have celebrated 39 years of marriage on Aug. 17.
Born in Taylor, son of the late Peter and Elizabeth Sheldon Dopko, he was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral and formerly served as a Eucharistic minister and lector at St. Paul's Church. Educated in Taylor public schools, he was a graduate of Riverside High School, class of 1967, a 1970 graduate of Johnson School of Technology and a 1974 graduate of Millersville College, where he received his teaching degree. Before retirement, he was a teacher in the Riverside School District for more than 31 years.
Bill enjoyed woodworking, making objects and bowling. He spent many hours with his dog, Barkley.
Bill was a loving, caring and devoted husband, brother and uncle who will be deeply missed.
Also surviving are two brothers, Robert Dopko and wife, Evelyn, Taylor; and Thomas Dopko and wife, Nancy, Pine Beach, N.J.; a sister-in-law, Betty Dopko, Hampstead, N.C.; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Theodore Dopko.
The funeral will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the McGoff-Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1401 Capouse Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, to be concelebrated by the Rev. Philip A. Altavilla, pastor, and the Rev. Brian J.W. Clarke, pastor of Holy Rosary Church, Hazleton. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Friends may call Friday, 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Huntington's Disease Society of America/ HDSA, 505 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10018.
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 21, 2013