The Tonawanda News
NIAGARA FALLS —
Joseph Kupka, formerly of North Tonawanda, NY, passed away on Monday, January 21, 2013, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, under the care of Niagara Hospice.
He was born in Svrcinovec Cadca, Czechoslovakia, on October 28, 1927, the son of Matthew and Agnes (Garajova) Kupka.
Mr. Kupka came to the United States in 1939 and had lived in Curwensville, PA. He served with the US Navy, aboard the USS Repose, during World War II in the Pacific Theater and later with the US Army from 1948 until 1952 in Europe.
After his time in the service he moved to North Tonawanda in 1952. He was a Heat Treat Controlman with General Motors Forge Plant in Tonawanda for 38 years, before retiring in 1990.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in North Tonawanda, the Wheatfield American Legion Post and the AMVETS Post in North Tonawanda. Mr. Kupka enjoyed spending time with his family and gardening.
He was the husband of the late Alice M. (Liebeck) Kupka, who died in September of 2009.
Mr. Kupka is survived by two daughters, Karen M. (Randall) Bolam of Niagara Falls, NY and Judith A. Doran of Warners, NY; two granddaughters, Kristin (Jeffrey) Carroll and Jennifer Bolam; dear great-grandfather of Michael and Peter Joseph Carroll and his dearest care giver, April. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Thomas, Matthew and John Kupka.
The family will be present on Thursday from 4-8 PM at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 5893 Hoover Road, SANBORN, NY, where funeral services will be held on Friday at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Joseph P. Badding officiating. Memorials may be made in his name to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094. Interment with military honors in North Ridge Cemetery, Town of Cambria, New York.
Visit www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com for guest register.