BOARDMAN – Catherine Brincko Sopkovich, 103, passed away on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Shepherd of the Valley Skilled Nursing Unit in Boardman.
Catherine was a lifelong resident of northeastern Ohio since her birth on Oct. 11, 1909, in Youngstown, Ohio.
Her parents, Joseph Peter Brincko and Katherine Lison Brincko, emigrated from the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, a region that is now the country of Slovakia.
Her father came at age 16 in 1898 and her mother in 1905.
The oldest of six children, Catherine placed a high value on education. She attended elementary school in Youngstown and one year in Colorado Springs, Colo., where her mother recovered from the flu during the 1918 epidemic.
She graduated from South High School in 1927 and was a member of the National Honor Society.
She was deputy clerk in the Municipal Court of Youngstown for eight years, until her marriage in 1936 to Dr. Nicholas J. Sopkovich, a dentist, at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, where her father was a founding member.
Then she became a homemaker, enjoying baking and caring for her family.
One of her favorite activities with family and relatives was a picnic in Mill Creek Park, featuring some of her outstanding baked goods and potato salad.
Her community service included being a Scout Den Mother and providing Meals on Wheels.
She also loved traveling throughout the United States and Europe with her husband and children. She was a passionate card player, participating in a bridge club from 1929 until 2001. A member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Catherine was also active in the Pillars Club.
Her survivors include three children, son Dr. Nicholas and wife Eleanor of Newport Beach, Calif., daughter Joann and husband Louis Zgonc of West Hills, Calif. and son Dr. Thomas and wife Patricia of Canfield.
Catherine also had eight grandchildren, Lori Altman and Lisa Casy, as well as Nicholas Alexander Sopkovich, Ann Marie Coffin, Patrick Sopkovich, and Melissa O’ Brien of California and Amy Sopkovich and Thomas William Sopkovich of New Jersey. Eight great-grandchildren also live in California, Ruth Ann, Bradley, Rebecca and Timothy Altman, Caleb Casey, Christopher Coffin, Ava and Aidan O’Brien.
Her sister, Mary Shields and brother William Brincko reside in Oro Valley, Arizona.
Many dearly loved nieces and nephews also survive, including Michael Holliday, Robert Holliday, Phyllis Jennings, Donna Jacobs, Marilee Meyer, Suzanne Boling, David Shields, Wayne Shields, and Lori Watson.
Catherine’s beloved husband, Nicholas, died in 1990. Her sisters, Julia Lamski and Margaret Holliday are also deceased. Her brother, Joseph, a Marine, died in Okinawa in 1945.
Services will be held at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, 3100 Canfield Road in Youngstown on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Byzantine Church, following calling hours at the funeral home from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church Cemetery Chapel Fund, 365 S. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown, OH 44509, to Shepherd of the Valley Nursing Unit- Wish List, 7148 West Blvd., Boardman, OH 44512, or to Shepherd’s Foundation, 5525 Silica Road, Austintown, OH 44515.
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