Mary Susan Emily Chopyak, 92, passed away at home on Saturday in Hughestown.
She was born on June 3, 1921, in Bitumen, Pa., to John Volansky and Mary Minno Volansky. In her early years, she lived in Binghamton, N.Y.; Hughestown, Dupont and New York City. After she married John Chopyak, she resided in Hughestown until her passing on Saturday.
Mary graduated from St. John the Baptist School and belonged to St. John the Baptist Church in Pittston. For many years she was a member of the Christian Mothers Association, Altar and Rosary Society and the Blue Army organization. When St. John the Baptist Church closed, Mary became a member of St. John the Evangelist parish community.
Her main focus in life, around which everything else revolved, was her love for Jesus and Mary, His Mother. This was evidenced by her daily attendance at Mass for most of her life, her defense of the Faith, her generosity, kindness, love and compassion. Mary had a magnetic personality that attracted everyone she met. One brief encounter with her became an unforgettable experience. She truly was a most loving person, and especially a very caring wife, wonderful devoted mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Chopyak, who died on Dec. 26, 1987, and her daughter Mary Ann, who died on Dec. 24, 2010; sisters Cecelia Mlodgenski and Theresa Colacchi; brothers John, Andrew, Joseph, Michael and Frank Volansky.
Surviving are sons, John A. and wife Judy, of Plymouth; George and wife Anne, of Buckhannon, W.Va.; Daniel and fiancee Marilyn Smith, Hughestown; daughter Naomi Chopyak, who resided with Mary, Hughestown; Mary's longtime family friend of special note, M.A. Saleem, M.D.; sisters, Helen Colorafi of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Anna Welch, Gardner, Kan.; Lillian Shemanski, West Melbourne, Fla.; brotheres Edward Volansky, Naugatuck, Conn.; George Volansky, Dupont; two grandchildren, Talia Chopyak and Rebecca Chopyak Williams; one great-grandchild, Wesley Williams; numerous step-grandchildren; step great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, from the Kizis-Lokuta Funeral Home, 134 Church St., Pittston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, William Street, Pittston. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Slovak Cemetery, Schooley Avenue, Exeter. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Kizis-Lokuta Funeral Home
134 Church St
Pittston, PA 18640
Published in Times Leader on June 11, 2013