Charles W. Kopshinsky

May 20, 1926 – Sept. 21, 2012 

Lifelong Waukesha resident Charles W. Kopshinsky, 86, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He was born May 20, 1926, to William and Adelia (nee Tessman) Kopshinsky Sr. 

Charles was a graduate of Waukesha High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Army in the South Pacific during World War II. He was wounded while in the Philippine Islands and later received the Purple Heart medal. Charles was very proud to be on a ship in Tokyo Harbor on Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese surrendered, marking the end of World War II. Charles was employed at Waukesha Cement and Tile for 34 years and then worked for the School District of Waukesha for 10 years before retiring. He was past commander and a member of Soat Vergenz VFW Post #721, the Disabled American Veterans-Waukesha Chapter and the Military Order of the Purple Heart-Waukesha Chapter and was very active in all three organizations. Charles was thrilled to participate on the Wisconsin Honor Flight a few years ago and was able to reconnect with some of his Army comrades. Charles was a regular attendee of the coach Ken Hollub Friday morning breakfast group and the Tuesday morning breakfast at McDonald’s with St. Mark’s church group. He loved traveling with his wife, Shirley, but most of all he loved his family and grandchildren. He and Shirley were longtime members of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. 

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 63 years, Shirley (nee Jensen) Kopshinsky of Waukesha; their son, Dan (JoAnn) Kopshinsky of Waukesha; daughterin-law, Cindy Kopshinsky of Dousman; and his dear grandchildren, Jennifer Kopshinsky, Dan Kopshinsky Jr., Kari Kopshinsky and Nick Kopshinsky. He is further survived by his brothers, Oscar (Elvira) Kopshinsky and Ted (Judy) Kopshinsky; brother-in-law, Ken Fuller and sister-in-law Connie Kopshinsky; sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Arnold) Rodencal and Rosemarie Jensen; and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Robert “Bob” Kopshinsky; sister, Dorothy Fuller; brothers, Paul Kopshinsky and William Kopshinsky Jr.; brother-in-law, Duane Jensen; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ted and Martha Jensen. 

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral service Monday, Sept. 24, at Randle-Dable Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Burial will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark Lutheran Church, 424 Hyde Park Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188. 

For further information, please call Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.