Obituaries: Katherine Rewak Kopcha

Katherine “Kay” Rewak Kopcha, 98, beloved wife of the late Louis Matthew Kopcha formerly of Farmington, CT and Eastham, MA passed away on Saturday December 3rd 2016. Born on November 25th, 1918 in Terryville, CT, Katherine was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Harlak Rewak. She was employed for many years by the Superior Electric Company in Bristol.

Devoutly religious, Mrs. Kopcha was a lifetime member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church in Terryville where she joined the choir and remained a member for over seventy years. Past president of the church sisterhood, chairwoman of church bazaars and a participant on other committees, Katherine was continually involved in all aspects of church activities.

Her creative passion was quilting, making gifts and quilts for family members as well as the Ronald McDonald House, Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall camp and the Connecticut Children’s Hospital. She was a member of the BBT Quilt Guild of Bristol and the Greater Hartford Quilt Guild. Katherine was also an artist, serving as president and member of the Bristol Art League for a number of years. Katherine engaged in volunteer work at the American Red Cross and, along with a passion for heart-healthy cooking, she and her husband Louis were regular swimmers for decades.

Katherine is survived by two daughters, Nancy Moroz and husband Joseph of Oxford and Kathleen Hunter of Farmington, as well as four grandchildren, Gregory Ricard and wife Deborah of Beacon Falls, Rebecca Babbino and husband Daniel of Bethel, Gwynne Hunter, J.D. of Sacramento, California and Logan Hunter of Los Angeles, California. She is also survived by one sister, Pauline Pawelchak of Bristol, many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.  Katherine was predeceased by her husband of 72 years, Louis, whom she loved dearly, three brothers, John, Peter, and Alex, and three sisters, Ann, Olga, and Rose.

The family would like to extend a special thank-you to members of the Pines Nursing Facility staff for their extraordinary care and compassion over the past year and a half. They have been extremely attentive and supportive in all ways. In addition to the Pines staff, a special thanks goes to Dr. Gary Miller of Bristol for his long-term commitment to the good health and well-being of Katherine.

The funeral will be held Tuesday 10:00AM at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church in Terryville.  Calling hours will be held at the church on Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00PM. A memorial service will be held Monday evening at 7:30PM.  Burial will follow at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Cemetery, Terryville.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Sts. Cyril & Methodious Orthodox Church, or the American Heart Association.