Virginia Kopena

Virginia M. Kopena (Stimaker)

Thursday, June 19th, 1941 - Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
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Virginia M. "Linky" (Stimaker) Kopena, 79 of Monessen, formerly of Webster, Donora, and Apache Junction, AZ, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at UPMC Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was born on June 19, 1941, a daughter of the late Louis and Mary Ellen Reese Stimaker.

A 1960 graduate of Rostraver High School, Mrs. Kopena was a retired officer and stewardess from the American Rusin Club in Donora. Linky was a hard worker, having worked at the Webster Dairy Bar, Diamond and Select Cleaners as a clothes presser, lunch lady at the Fifth and Sixth Street Elementary Schools in Donora, and produce manager at the Donora I.G.A.

She enjoyed doing word search puzzles, playing the slot machines, and never missed her WWE Wrestling.

She married the love of her life, Peter A. Kopena in 1964. They were married for 43 years until his passing on February 24, 2007.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, George "Sonny" Stimaker and Thomas Stimaker; a sister-in-law Patricia Stimaker; and two nephews, George L. Stimaker Jr. and Shawn Farquhar.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Sheila Kopena of Monessen; her fur baby, Suzy Q; one sister, Mary D. Farquhar of Belle Vernon; sister in-laws, Sandra (John) Mosser and their son Dwight of Donora and Sophia Stimaker of West Newton; special niece, Cori (John) Bayman; her best friend, Judith (Dennis) Chiedor; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second Street Extension, Carroll Township/Donora, PA 15033, (724) 379-6900, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2020. Prayers will be recited in the funeral home on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a funeral liturgy at 11 a.m. at St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, Donora.

Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery, Donora.

To be socially responsible during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will continue to limit the attendance to 50 people inside the funeral home at any given time. Guests are asked to obey social distancing guidelines and personal protection guidelines which include masks within the funeral home. Guests may be asked to limit their visitation times so that all visitors will have the opportunity to pay their respects. Thank you. Mrs. Kopena's family would like to express their understanding for those who are unable to pay their respects due to the pandemic.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Anthony L. Massafra Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Inc.
    40 Second Street Extension
    Donora, PA 15033
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Anthony L. Massafra Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Inc.
    40 Second Street Extension
    Donora, PA 15033
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 11:00am
    St. Michael Byzantine Rite Catholic Church
    511 Murray Avenue
    Donora, PA 15033
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Fr. Stephen Wahal
  • Interment

    St. Michael Cemetery
    Cemetery Road
    Donora, PA 15033
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Posted at 05:05am
"Memory Eternal" "May She Rest In Peace With The Lord"
Respectfully, Frank O. Gorash III.

Buddy Coughanour

Posted at 09:50pm
Deepest sympathy to Linky’s family, we have many fond memories of Linky at the Webster Dairy Bar, Rest In Peace dear friend. Maryann & Buddy Coughanour

Shawn Malie Posted at 06:49am

I have a lot of memories of your mom keeping me in line at recess when I was acting up on a daily basis. I often wondered how my mom found out I was cussing on the 6th st school playground. At that point I didn’t know they were friends. Sheila, thinking about you and I send my love and prayers.

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