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John E. Korpics Jr.
John E. Korpics Jr., 94, of Lehigh Avenue, Palmerton, died Saturday evening, July 19, in the Summit Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lehighton.
He was the husband of Eliza-beth M. "Betty" (Lawrence) Korpics since Sept. 27, 1941.
He worked in the vertical plant of the former New Jersey Zinc Company, Palmerton, for 45 years before retiring in 1981.Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late John E. Sr. and Julia (Yankovich) Korpics.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Palmerton.
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 School 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" which was indicative of a sharp dresser… and John certainly was.
Beneath his yearbook photo a poem notes: "Johnnie is so busy with his female friend, that we're inclined to believe in marriage it will end."
Upon her high school graduation in 1944, 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, 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-to-be 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 that 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 the 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 40-some years of service.
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 vegetables 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.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter, Patricia S., wife of A. Frank Ukropec of Wallingford, Delaware County; three grandchildren, Susan, Jon and Helen; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Chomko of Walnutport and Christine Buck of Port Charlotte, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Vincent and Charles.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Palmerton, with the Rev. William T. Campion officiating, assisted by Deacon William P. Pitts. Interment, parish's new cemetery, Palmerton. Call 10-11 a.m. Monday in the church. Arrangements by Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave., Palmerton. Contributions in his name may be made to the memorial fund of the church, 243 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, Pa. 18071, or the , 33 W. Ridge St., Lansford, Pa. 18232. Online condolences can be offered at www.schislerfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Times News on July 23, 2014
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