NEWTON FALLS -Edward John Chopko Sr., 90, died peacefully Saturday morning, June 22, 2013, at the Clare Bridge Assisted Living facility in Austintown.
Ed was born July 7, 1922, in Newton Falls, the son of Andrew Chopko and Mary Petricko Chopko. Three infant siblings preceded him in death.
His beloved wife of 63 years, Ann Dickey Chopko, whom he married Aug. 29, 1942, preceded him to heaven Jan. 5, 2006. Childhood sweethearts, they both graduated from Newton Falls High School in 1940.
Ed was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre. He was honorably discharged on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 1946.
Ed and Ann owned and operated Eddie's Haven Restaurant in Newton Falls from 1946 to 1962. He then was employed as an electrician at several northeast Ohio manufacturing facilities. He retired from S.K. Wellman Co in Bedford, Ohio.
He was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Church.
He belonged to the Knights of Columbus, VFW, AMVETS, and the Warren Amateur Radio Association.
He was an avid golfer and held a private pilot's license. He enjoyed amateur radio (K8KAE) and fishing on Lake Erie. He was very handy and prided himself on repairing machinery and electronics. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his son Edward J. (Diane) Chopko Jr. of Howland; grandchildren Jeff (Lisa) Chopko of Columbus, Greg Chopko of Howland, Brian (Shauna Weyrauch, Ph.D) Chopko, Ph.D of Cuyahoga Falls, and Scott Chopko of Howland; great-grandchildren Anna Chopko of Columbus and Sarah, Kevin and Kyle Chopko of Howland; and special friend Ruby Bajnok of Newton Falls.
The family will receive friends at 5 p.m. Tuesday with K of C service followed by calling hours from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls.
Services will be held at the James Funeral Home at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church in Newton Falls.
Edward will be laid to rest beside his wife in the St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by the Newton Falls Honor guard.
The family requests contributions be made in Ed's memory to St. Joseph's Church General Fund, 131 W. Quarry St., Newton Falls, OH 44444.
A special thanks to the staff at the Clare Bridge Assisted Living facility in Austintown for the warm and professional care they provided to Ed.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home Inc, 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, Ohio 44444, 330-872-5440. Family and friends may view the complete obituary or send condolences at www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com.