Joseph J. "Opie" Opacinch, 95, of Dunkirk died Thursday (April 8, 2010) at home. He was born Feb. 1, 1915 in McKees Rocks, Pa., son of the late Andrew and Frances (Griese) Opacinch, and a resident of Dunkirk for most of his life. A U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Opacinch served in the Pacific from 1944-45. He retired in January 1971 as assistant manager of the Lucas Avenue (Fine
Wire) Plant of Allegheny Ludlum after 36 years of service. A member of Blessed Mary Angela R.C. Parish Church of St. Hedwig, he was an active member of its Finance Committee, Bingo Committee, St. Hedwig's Holy Name Society (secretary) and an aide in all functions of the church and its social events. Mr. Opacinch received the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker from the Most
Rev. Henry J. Mansell, former Bishop of Buffalo, on April 30, 2000, being sponsored by the Rev. Joseph Janaczek, at that time pastor of St. Hedwig's R.C. Church. His other memberships included the VFW Post #1017, American Legion Post #62, World War II Vets, Charles Tinley Disabled American Veterans Post #142, Kosciuszko Club, AARP, life member of Murray Hose Co. #4 (the
Joseph J. Opacinch
oldest living member having belonged for 76 years) where he also was past president from 1946-47, Murray Hose Co. #4 Drum
Corps, Elks Lodge #922, Dunkirk Exempts, Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, Lakeside Club and the Moniuszko Club.
Surviving are his daughter, Dr. Cheryl Opacinch-Gorelick of Washington, D.C.; sister Stella Worczak of Dunkirk; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Inez (Griese) Opacinch, who died May 5, 2009; son-in-law Dr. Kenneth Gorelick MD; sisters Sophia Phelps, Helen Dombrowski and brothers John, Adam and Julian Opacinch. Relatives and friends are welcome to call at the R. Mackowiak Funeral Home Inc., 56 East Doughty St. in Dunkirk today from 2-4 and 7-9, where funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10:15, and a Mass of Christian Burial at
11 o'clock in Blessed Mary Angela R.C. Parish Church of St. Hedwig. Interment will follow in St. Hedwig Cemetery. Members of
Murray Hose Co. No. 4 are to assemble at the funeral home at 7 p.m. today.