Walter J. Choplick, Sr., 92 of Shenandoah Heights passed on Tuesday morning, April 21, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.
Born in Shenandoah on June 5, 1927 he was the son of the late Walter Barney and Anna (Olszewski) Choplick.
He was a 1945 graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School, Shenandoah Heights. He also attended Penn State Schuylkill where he earned his certification in drafting.
Mr. Choplick was a decorated World War II Navy veteran having served his county in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He received the Pacific Theater Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon and World War II Victory Medal.
Walter was the owner and operator of the former W. Choplick Concrete Burial Vaults, Shenandoah Heights where he was a manufacturer, franchisor and dealer for Eagle Burial Vaults.
On October 8, 1950 in St. Casimir’s Church, Shenandoah, Walter married the love of his life, the former Gloria D. Balkiewicz who survives.
He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah formerly Saint Casimir’s Church where he was an usher and a member of the Holy Name Society. Walter was a member of the A.P. Damato Medal of Honor Post 792, Shenandoah for over sixty years. He also held membership in the Sun City Veteran’s Association of Bluffton, South Carolina. He was a former member the Eagle Triplex Burial Vault Association, the National Burial Vault Association, the Pennsylvania Burial Vault Association, the Upper Schuylkill Concert Band and the Shenandoah Valley Alumni Band. He was also a member of the former Samuel H. Kehl American Legion Post, Shenandoah, the Shenandoah Moose Lodge and Monarch Associates. Walter was a member and past president of the Shenandoah Rotary Club.
Walter treasured his family; he was a kind, generous and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He especially was delighted in the time spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 69 years, Gloria D. Choplick are his son, Walter J. Choplick, Jr. and his wife Helene of Shenandoah Heights; his daughter, Gloria Choplick Schelling and her husband Andrew Schelling of West Chester; four grandchildren, Debra Moore and her husband Ed, Andrew Schelling, IV and his wife Jennifer, Denise Wevodau and her fiancé Nelson and Walter Jeffrey Choplick; and five great-grandchildren.
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Divine Mercy Church, Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Private interment will follow in St. Casimir’s Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to Divine Mercy Parish Chapel Fund, 108 West Cherry St., Shenandoah, PA 17976.
Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.