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Walter A. Soplata

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Walter A. Soplata, age 87, of Newbury, passed away Friday at UH Extended Care in Chardon.
He was born Oct. 27, 1923, in Cleveland, to Adolf and Agnes (Dockal) Soplata.
Mr. Soplata was a carpenter working for Spade Builders for 20 years, retiring in 1985.
He was a graduate of General Airmotive in Cleveland and was a certified aircraft mechanic. He was married to Margaret Murray Oct. 2, 1948. A lifelong area resident, Mr. Soplata was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church in Newbury, Carpenters Local 21, and had obtained his private pilot's license after receiving his pilot training at Horn's Flying School in Chagrin Falls. Mr. Soplata enjoyed going to air shows, anything to do with aviation and transportation and going to flea markets and antique car shows.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years; his five children, Rita (Michael) Mitch of Sagamore Hills, Sister Mary Barbara Soplata, SND of Chardon, Margret (William) Soplata of Carrollton, Walter C. (Lisa) Soplata of Collierville, Tenn., and Mary (Daniel) Braford of Claridon; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles (Nancy) Kraus Jr. of Willowick and a sister-in-law, Phyliss Soplata of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, George.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at St. Helens Catholic Church, 12060 Kinsman Road, Newbury. The Rev. Jay McPhillips will officiate.
A gathering of friends and family will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Russell Funeral Service, 15670 W. High St. (Route 87), Middlefield. Final resting place will be at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Township.
Contributions are suggested to St. Helen Catholic Church Building Fund, 12060 Kinsman Road, Newbury, OH 44065.
Online condolences are at russellfuneralservicesusa.com.
Published in News-Herald from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2010
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