Life Story / Obituary
Anthony P. Popchock passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021, at the age of 79. After several months of declining health, he died peacefully during a brief yet breathtaking display of lightning and rain; something he loved to watch.
Tony was born in Portage, Pennsylvania, on February 6, 1942, to John and Margaret Popchock, the 3rd youngest of fourteen siblings. While not having much in the way of money, his childhood was rich with adventures of exploring the woods and rivers near his home, walking the railroad tracks to pick up loose coal and playing baseball at the Mustangs field.
Following the death of his father, the family moved to Racine, where he graduated from Horlick High School in 1960.
After serving in the Army as a communications specialist with the 3rd Armored Division in Germany, Tony and his wife Karen settled in Racine, raising a family of four daughters.
He trained as a mason, and through experience and education, Tony eventually retired from the field of construction as Vice President - Field Operations at Rossi Construction. Though retired, Tony remained “on the job”, helping his family with various remodeling jobs and projects, for which they are eternally grateful.
He and Karen spent their retirement years traveling with their grandchildren to museums, national landmarks and, his favorite, Civil War battlefields.
His wisdom and wit will be greatly missed by his family and his friends. He is survived by his wife Karen, daughters Carrie (Chris), Catherine (Joel), Amy (Dan) and Sarah (Matt); eight grandchildren; sisters Betty and Jessica (Michael); and brother Philllip (Mary Beth); as well many relatives both near and far.
A Memorial Service for the family was held at Faith Chapel, Burlington, on November 11th, followed by interment with full military honors at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery, Union Grove.
Tony's family extends a special thank you to the Heart Failure Clinic and 9th Floor staff at St. Luke's Hospital for the kind and compassionate care given to him and his family during his time spent with them.