William B. Lopatofsky, 79, of West Clifford, PA left this earth on Friday morning, Feb. 24, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Betty Lou Arnold, celebrating 55 years of marriage on July 28.
Born in Simpson, PA on March 9, 1932, he was the son of the late Thomas J. and Susan Renock Lopatofsky. He graduated from Harford Vocational High School in 1949.
As a devoted Catholic, he always made it a priority to be at weekly mass as a member of Holy Trinity Church in Simpson from 1932 and then as a faithful member of St. Pius X Church in West Clifford from its inception in 1961.
A successful businessman, Bill and his wife owned and operated Northeast Equipment purchased in 1958. He also developed a family dairy farm in 1964. In 1993, he was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning and operating a restaurant and ice cream shop, Uncle Bill’s in Waymart, which he and his wife enjoyed immensely. In 1998, he was able to establish another farm property in Bradford County that gave him great joy.
He was appointed as a director of the board of Community Bank and Trust in 1982. He was also a director and past president of Susquehanna County Pennsylvania Farmers Association, a director of Pennsylvania Farm Equipment Association, Pennsylvania Grange member and member of the Knights of Columbus. A gifted businessman in several endeavors, Bill felt that the senior high school bookkeeping class taught by Norman J. Mazza was foundational to his later successes.
He enjoyed talking to all types of people from various backgrounds; always upbeat, inquisitive and encouraging in such conversations, he made friends everywhere he went. His friends and family knew not to call at 7:30 p.m. weeknights, It was time for Jeopardy, and he played along with the other contestants.
Above all, he was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Bill was known to say to them “You done made Grandpa proud.” He will be deeply missed.
Father of five children, 18 grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren, Bill is survived by his loving wife, Betty Lou.
Also surviving are his daughter, Judy Tompkins and husband, Ken of Oneonta, NY and their children, Clair, Paulina, Hollis, Marguerite and stepgranddaughter, Sandy; three sons, William Lopatofsky and wife, Claudia of West Clifford and their children, Michael and his wife, Jessica and their two children, Jack and Lydia, Erica, Lisa Schaffer and husband, David and William, Timothy Lopatofsky and his wife, Vicki of Overland Park, KS and their children, Lucas, Mark and Abby; Dr. Dave Lopatofsky and his wife, Ann of Williamsport and their children, Benjamin, Tyler, Jonathan and Olivia; also two grandchildren, Ryan and Emily Lopatofsky.
Other survivors that are just like a daughter and son: Sally and Joe Kasztejna of Schnecksville and their daughter, Maria Lockwood and husband, Tim of Plainsboro, NJ and their children, Jeremy, Justin and Jillian and son, Joseph Kasztejna and wife, Cheryl and their children, Allison and Tyler, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Best friend, John Greco of Old Forge, PA also survives as well as brothers: Dr. Joseph Lopatofsky of Forty fort, PA, Jacob Lopatofsky and his wife Sonia of West Clifford, PA, Thomas Lopatofsky of West Clifford, PA; a sister: Susan Salko and her husband Joseph of Whippany, NJ.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Linda Lou; brothers, Dr. John Lopatofsky and Dr. George Lopatofsky.
He was especially appreciative to many friends and neighbors who had helped him throughout the years; including the Roach and Russell families Burlington, PA where he bought his second farm.
The family especially thanks all the wonderful nurses and staff from the Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their kind and caring support as well as the Rev. Michael Kirwin for his many visits.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Feb. 27, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Pius X Church, Route 106, Royal, celebrated by Rev. Michael J. Kirwin, pastor of St. John Vianney Parish and Rev. Phillip Sladicka, pastor of Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca. Interment was in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Greenfield Township.
Friends called Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Shifler- Parise Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 18 Airport Road, Clifford.
For directions or to send online condolences to the family, please visit www.parisefuneralhome.com