DORRANCE TWP. — Anthony Chopyak, 46, of Dorrance Township, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 19, 2014, due to a motorcycle accident.
He was born April 28, 1968, in Pittston, a son of Stephen Chopyak and the late Mary Kay Rucco, and was a member of St. Mary's Church, Dorrance.
Tony was a graduate of Red Rock Job Corps where he learned the craft of masonry. He received a vocational teaching certification from Temple University and taught masonry at Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center in Plains Township for the past six years. Tony was a 25-year member and employee of the International Bricklayers Union Local No. 5 and was self employed as a mason.
Tony was a classic car enthusiast who happily spent time restoring his 1963 Chevy Impala. He had a contagious smile and a real zest for life. He loved the wooded surroundings of his new home where he and his beloved wife, Joanne, spent time working outdoors and playing with their dog, Jethro.
He enjoyed teaching, passing his beloved craft on to his students. At family parties, Tony would always be found at the grill preparing a fantastic meal for his family and friends
Everyone who met Tony became an instant friend. He dearly loved his family and will be sadly missed by his wife, Joanne, and by brothers and sisters who were his best friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, the former Mary Kay Rucco.
Presently surviving, in addition to his father, Stephen, and stepmother, Betty J. Kleman, Hughestown, are his loving wife, Joanne; brothers, Stephen and his companion, Debbie, Wilkes-Barre, David and his wife, Tracey, Dallas, Michael and his companion, Carolyne, Pittston, Aaron and his companion, Carissa, Pittston; sister, Rachael and her companion Pat, Hanover; nieces and nephews, Taryn, David, Blake, Bryce, Jace, Bradyn, Brislyn, Kierstin, Mariah and Brandon; stepsons, Michael and his wife, Brooke Vnuk, Nuangola, Davis and his wife, Michelle Vnuk, Newport Township; step-grandchildren, Myla and Nathan Vnuk; step-sister, Kim Binklocker; step-niece, Kylie Troutman; step-mephew, Jarid Blass.
The funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday from the Grontkowski Funeral Home P.C., 51-53 W. Green St., Nanticoke, with Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Dorrance. Burial will be in the parish cemetery, Dorrance. Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.