THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Thadeaus Ted Sopkowicz, 86, Goodman resident died Sunday evening, June 9 at Maplewood Villa in Armstrong Creek, following a brief illness.
Born on April 4, 1927 in Goodman to the late Frank and Rose (Marcelle) Sopkowicz, he served in the United States Army, 82nd Airborne Division during World War II from 1943 until his discharge in 1946.
He married the former Frances Tomaszewski on Aug. 30, 1946 at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in Armstrong Creek. The couple owned and operated Preble Motors for over 40 years, retiring in 1994. Following retirement they returned to Goodman. She preceded him in death on May 28, 2005. During retirement he continued to work on cars, trucks and anything mechanical in his shop at home. He was a member of the Armstrong Creek VFW Post #7444, a founding member of the St. Hubert Shrine in Goodman and a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Armstrong Creek.
He is survived by two brothers, Steve (Donna) Sopkowicz of West Bend and Stanley Sopkowicz of Goodman; a sister, Sophie Anilionis of Marinette; three brothers-in-law, Lawrence Tomaszewski of Goodman, Edward (Bea) Tomaszewski of Green Bay and Dennis (Renette) Tomaszewski of Armstrong Creek and numerous nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents and his wife, Fran, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Bruce and Ed Sopkowicz and three sisters, Caroline Staszak, Stella Magera and Sr. Gemma (Bernadette Sopkowicz).
Friends may call at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church, Hwy 8, Armstrong Creek, after 9 a.m. on Friday until time of the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Msgr. Paul Koszarek will officiate and burial will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery, Goodman with military honors held at graveside.