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Francis Chopko, Ph.D.

Francis John Chopko, Ph.D., 89 years old, of South Abington Township, died Friday at Moses Taylor Hospital. He was the husband of Geraldine M. Vesko. The couple were married over 63 years.

Born September 19, 1932, in Dickson City, he was the son of the late John and the late Vera (Kochis) Chopko. He was a graduate of Dickson City High School. He then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania; a master’s degree in Speech and Hearing from Bloomsburg University; a master’s degree in Public School Administration from the University of Scranton; and a doctorate in Education Administration from Pacific Western University in Los Angeles, California.

He taught within the Abington Heights school district for three years. From teaching, he moved into speech and hearing positions: first with Lackawanna County and then as a supervisor of speech and hearing for Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19. Prior to his retirement, he was the Director of Special Education for NEIU 19. He was also an active member of the PASR – Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees.

He was an active member and usher at Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Clarks Summit. He also participated in the Boy Scouts of America. Having been an Eagle Scout himself, he was a Boy Scout leader with Troop 73 in Mid Valley, and he served on the Scranton Council Advancement Committee. Additionally, he honorably served in the United States Army.

He loved music and played the trumpet in local bands and at weddings. He also knew how to play the accordion and the organ, and he taught lessons. Family meant everything to him. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was an inspiration to all of those who had the pleasure of knowing him, and he will be dearly missed.

Also surviving are two sons: Francis R. and wife Rita, Glenburn; Joseph M., South Abington Township; two daughters: Anne M. Puteri and husband Frank, Scranton; Michele A. Spencer and husband Michael, South Abington Township; a brother: Paul and his wife Carolyn Chopko, Southport, North Carolina; six grandchildren: Alina, Nicholas, and Jessica Chopko; Melissa, Eric, and Nichole Spencer; nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held Thursday at Our Lady of the Snows Parish 301 S. State Street, Clarks Summit, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. to be celebrated by Msgr. Michael J. Delaney, pastor, and Entombment at Fairview Memorial Park in Elmhurst Township, with full Military Honors. The family will receive relatives and friends Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service, Inc., 111 Colburn Avenue, Clarks Summit. Memorial Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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Dear Gerry and the Chopin family..what memories..a great time and learning in my life and Mr.Chopko was always present to help with whatever he could. Gerry,to see you and Mr.Chopko together was always a great witness of Marriage..friendshipthank you. Remember Gerry..life is changed,not ended, My sincere sympathy and love.Carol. Burti

Carol Burti Jan 15 2022 12:00 AM

Dear Chopko Family,My wife Carol and I would like to offer our condolences for Frank's passing. When I worked for NEIU, Frank was one of my first supervisors. After I retired from public school, I became active with PASR. Over all those years, it was a pleasure to have known Frank.Sincerely,

Bob McNamara Jan 13 2022 12:00 AM

Dear Mrs. Chopko:Thank you for your response and your kind words. You make me feel very special noting Dr.Chopko enjoyed Father Guido. I enjoyed every moment doing it and how people responded to it. Congratulations on 63 years of marriage, not many people can be so fortunate. It feels like yesterday being interviewed by him. I remember vividly being taken into the big office and meeting Dr. Mensky. That was quite an experience. I hope God's grace shines upon you and your children and other family members helping you all endure your loss. Frank Koczwara

Frank Koczwara Jan 13 2022 12:00 AM

Dear Chopko Family:I would like to offer my deepest condolences on Dr. Chopko's psssing. He was indeed a gentleman. I remember my interview with Dr. Chopko in August, 1973 at the NEIU headquarters on Adams Ave. in Scranton. He made me feel very comfortable during our interview. Little did I realize how long I would work at NEIU #19 as a speech & language therapist. He did a wonderful job being Director of Speech & Language and as Director of Special Education. I always found him very easy to talk to and very approachable. Many speech and language therapist felt the same about him as I did. May you all find peace, love and comfort among family and friends during these sad and trying times. May he rest in peace in God's hands and cherish his MEMORY.Frank Koczwara, Greenwood,SC & Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Canada)

Frank Koczwara Jan 11 2022 12:00 AM

Dear Frank,Thank you for your kind words, he will be greatly missed. He always enjoyed your impression of Father Guido Sarduci from SNL. It is very heartwarming that you remember the specific month and year when you first met him for your interview. I am glad he provided a pleasent work environment for you and others for many years. He is at peace now. God Bless.Gerry

Gerry Chopko Jan 11 2022 12:00 AM

I will miss the many interesting emails in keeping up with all the latest news, science info and antique cars. Frank was a tireless worker for PASR for many years.

Beryl Gerhard Jan 11 2022 12:00 AM

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