The Loss of a Friend:
Carl J. Sopata
(January 14, 1938 - February 16, 2017)
Carl J. Sopata, 79, of Pittsburg, passed away at 8:20 a.m., Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Pittsburg Care and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on January 14, 1938 at Swoyersville, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph and Francis (Lencoski) Sopata. He moved to the Pittsburg area in the early 80’s. Mr. Sopata served in the United States Army. He married Barbara Lewis Sopata and they later divorced. Mr. Sopata was of Catholic faith and attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He is survived by a son, John Sopata; four grandchildren, Sarah McCauley and her husband, Chad, Hannah Sopata and her husband, Joey, Ashley Burger, and Christopher Sopata; three great-grandchildren, Emeral McCauley, Jazper McCauley and Marley Johns; two brothers, Joseph Sopata and his wife, Judy and Michael Sopata and his wife, Ann Marie; and four sisters, Rita Yuhas, Francis Giadosh and her husband, Robert, Ann Marie Golemdeski and her husband, Tony, and Eleanor Barber. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sons, Dan Sopata and David Sopata. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 22), at the Brenner Mortuary with Fr. David Voss officiating. Memorials can be made to the SEK Humane Society. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Online condolences may be left at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg.
I first met Carl & his family in New Jersey, in 1969. Sue and I had just moved to the garden state 2 years before. We became friends when our kids were in school and spent many happy hours playing cards, camping in NY & VA, going to local events, and celebrating holidays.
Later, after we moved to Kansas, we stayed in touch and persuaded them to join us. Carl's family and ours owned a business briefly and when that changed, he found a job with Millers. His wife, Barbara, worked at the credit union. Fate took our families in other directions in 1983. Even though apart we stayed n touch and we got together often until they split up.
I last saw Carl on a visit to Kansas City to see our son. We came to Pittsburgh to see Barbara, and I used the last few hours of the trip to visit Carl. Though it was obvious he was suffering from dementia, he did recall us both and a few of the many great times we shared. I spoke of camping and holidays and a smile spread over his face. For a brief time we glimpsed those days of our youth in New Jersey. I
If you too have friends you haven't seen in a long time, people who have contributed to the memories you cherish, VISIT THEM ! LIFE IS BRIEF & NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT TO DO. That is all there is in the end Great Memories of good times & good friends.
GOD BLESS & KEEP YOU ALL
Leon & Sue Elledge