Marcella Marie (Deliman) Kopchik, 84, of (North) Philipsburg, died at her home on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, peacefully surrounded by her family and friends.
She was born Sept. 25, 1929 in Winburne, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Braznock) Deliman.
She graduated from the former Cooper Township High School in 1947. She also graduated from the Philipsburg State General Hospital’s School of Nursing in 1950.
On Oct. 28, 1950 in Winburne, she wed John L. Kopchik, her husband of 64 years, and who survives at home.
Mrs. Kopchik was a life-long member of the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church of Hawk Run. She was also a member of the First Catholic Slovak Union, Branch No. 456, of Hawk Run.
She worked as a registered nurse at the former Philipsburg State General Hospital and as a private duty nurse from 1950 until 1987.
Among her hobbies that she enjoyed were reading, cooking, organic gardening of both vegetables and flowers, canning, bee-keeping for a number of years with her husband and volunteering with her husband at the former Philipsburg Area Hospital.
She also faithfully coordinated the reunions for her nursing school class for many years.
She and her husband enjoyed a train trip across the country in the mid 1990?s, going out west to visit children to the states of Washington, Oregon and California and then to South Carolina in 2000.
In addition to her husband, she’s survived by four children, John M. Kopchik and his wife, Joanne of Cowpens, SC; Gerard Kopchik of Winter Garden, Fla.; Mary (Kopchik) Easton of Maple Valley, Wash.; and Annette Gill and her husband, Tom of Riverside, Calif.
She’s also survived by one brother, John M. Deliman and his wife, Delores of Chester Hill; a sister-in-law, Rosemary Deliman of Philipsburg; five grandchildren, John A. Kopchik and his wife, Andrea of Elliottsburg, Danielle (Kopchik) Powell and her husband, Vince of Houtzdale, Karuna McMurtry of Wasilla, Alaska, Dolma Maria Halstead of Seattle, Wash., and Carmichael Halstead of Maple Valley, Wash.; three step-grandchildren, Curt, of Canton, Mich., Kevin, of Commerce Township, Mich., and Angela (Angie), of Fort Wayne, Ind.; seven great-grandchildren, Courtney, Harley, Ashlyn, Chase, Christopher, Justin, and Makayla; six step-great-grandchildren, Tommie, Jacob, Braden, Lilly, Carter and Mia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one infant brother; one brother, Michael J. Deliman, who died on Oct 8, 1996; and a son, Michael A. Kopchik, who served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam and who died at the age of 50 years old.
Friends will be received from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday at the Beezer-Heath Funeral Home, Philipsburg. The Rosary will be recited by the Sts. Peter & Paul Rosary Society at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Hawk Run, with the Rev. Joseph Staszewski as celebrant.
Burial will be at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery, Hawk Run.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Friends may sign the guestbook at: beezerheathfh.com.