Stephen P. Sopkowicz, 91
May 9, 1924 — Oct. 28, 2015
Stephen P. “Steve” Sopkowicz, 91, of West Bend, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, at the Lighthouse of West Bend.
He was born May 9, 1924, in Goodman to the late Frank and Rose (nee Marchel) Sopkowicz and graduated from Goodman High School in the class of 1942. Steve enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and served honorably during World War II in both the European and Pacific theatres. After his discharge, he was employed by Standard Oil Co. and Firestone Co., before working as the parts and service manager for Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula with the Morley-Murphy Co.
On Nov. 17, 1951, Steve was united in marriage to Donna Mae Muzik at St. Leo Catholic Church in Milwaukee. In 1960, they moved to the Antigo area and started dairy farming, until moving back to Milwaukee in 1970, and Steve returned to Morley-Murphy until his retirement in 1991. Upon Steve and Donna’s retirement they moved to Goodman and enjoyed their historic home and cottage. Their final move was to West Bend in 1996 to be closer to their family. Donna preceded him in death Feb. 7, 2015.
Steve was a member of the Fred A. Schaefer VFW Post 1393 of West Bend. He and Donna enjoyed wintering in Florida and were avid world travelers. He was a very good all-around handyman and enjoyed woodworking, building many birdhouses and feeders. Steve enjoyed hunting and fishing, and teaching his grandchildren to fish. In 2013 he was proud to be part of an honor flight to Washington, D.C., and earlier this summer took a bi-plane flight in Milwaukee thanks to Ageless Aviation Dreams.
Those left behind to cherish Steve’s memory include two sons, Stephen L. (Linda) Sopkowicz of West Bend and Craig (Carol) Sopkowicz of Chicago; three grandchildren, Megan (Troy) Riehl, Silas Sopkowicz and Diana Sopkowicz, all of West Bend; great-granddaughter, Melanie, for whom Steve always had a soft spot in his heart; brother, Stanley (dear friend Tish) Sopkowicz of Goodman; sister- in-law, Lynn Muzik of West Bend; and other relatives and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial in remembrance of Steve will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at Holy Angels Catholic Church (138 N. Eighth Ave., West Bend). The Rev. Gerald Brittain will officiate.
Gathering with family and friends will be Thursday at the church from 4 p.m. until the time of Mass. Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.
Memorials to the West Bend VFW Post 1393, or the charity of your choice, are appreciated.
The family is grateful to the staff of the Lighthouse of West Bend, Seasons Hospice and ComForcare for their kindness and loving care of Steve.
Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home has been entrusted with Steve’s Care. Online condolences may be expressed at www.myrhum-patten.com.