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Urban J. “Butch”., 92, passed away August 21st at home in Bethesda, Maryland. He was born in Hamtramck, Michigan on October 2, 1926 to Urban Sr. and Mary Kopera. He grew up in Hastings, Pennsylvania and early on worked in the coal mines. He then served the Army in World War II in the Pacific theater of operations in the 11thinfantry division, as well as occupation duty in South Korea after the Surrender of Japan. He then drove a bus for D.C. Transit in the 1960’s. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service and then became a school bus driver for Prince George’s County, Maryland. He did volunteer work at the Hulling Cove Senior center, later at the Harbour Lights Cheer Senior Center until he moved to Maryland to live with his son and granddaughter in 2018. He was a member of Post 1586 V.F.W. (Hastings, PA) and Post 050 (Barnesboro, PA). Preceded in death by his wife, Mary Magdalene (Cavallo) of 59 years, his parents, Mary (Valkuchak) and Urban Sr. Kopera, brothers, John and Eugene, and sister, Alice. He leaves behind his sister, Frances Louise “Frannie Lou”(Don Farrell), his son, Robert (Marna), his grandchildren, Megan and Patrick (Lindsay) and great-grandson, Will, as well as numerous nephews and nieces. Family and friends whose lives Butch touched are invited to Easly-Hindman Funeral Home at 333 Beaver Street Hastings, PA 16646 from 5pm to 8pm on Friday August 30th to reminisce, grieve, support each other, and celebrate his strength, integrity and wonderful spirit. Urban’s life will be celebrated at Mass, with Father Thaddeus Rettger officiating, on Saturday August 31st, 2019 at St. Bernard Church, 148 Beaver Street Hastings, PA 16646 at 11am, with visitation at 10am (back of church), reception to follow. Donations in his honor, can be made to The National WWII Museum (nationalww2museum.org) or National Museum (thenmusa.org). “The pain felt upon the departure of loved ones from this life will generally mirror the joy we felt while they remained with us.” — Sam Storms. Arrangements in care of the Easly-Hindman Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., “Exclusive Provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at HindmanFuneralHomes.com
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