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George Kopestonsky, 86, of Peckville, died Tuesday at home. He was the husband of the late Stella Bochicchio Kopestonsky.
Born in Olyphant, son of the late Paul and Anna Halchak Kopestonsky, he was a member of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Olyphant, and a graduate of Blakely High School. Before retirement, he worked for Affiliated Foods, Scranton. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and was also a drill instructor for the ROTC recruits at Camp Lejeune. He was also a very active life member and past commandant of the Marine Corps League of Scranton. He was an avid gardener and canned many of the vegetables he grew. He was an avid N.Y. Giants, N.Y. Yankees and Notre Dame football fan. George was a loving husband, brother, uncle and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
Surviving are a sister, Vera Price, Scranton; and nieces and nephews, including the Rev. Stephen Kopestonsky, South Canaan.
He was also preceded in death by brothers, Jacob, Stephen and William Kopestonsky; and sisters, Julia Kupchick, Dorothy Karkovack, Helen Peruka and Mary Youshock.
Requiem services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 600 E. Lackawanna St., Olyphant. Interment will be in St. Tikhon's Cemetery, South Cannan.
Friends may call from 9 until time of service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. Arrangements by Robert E. Decker Funeral Home, Peckville.
Troparion to St. Nicholas, Tone 4
The truth of things revealed you to your flock as a rule of faith,
an icon of meekness and a teacher of abstinence;
You thus reached the heights through humility and wealth through poverty;
O Holy Hierarch Father Nicholas, pray to Christ God for the salvation of our souls.
Cross Blessing - Cupola Construction - 1950s?
Several photos were recently acquired and it appears that new cupolas were being installed on the church in the early 1950s (possibly?). The crosses were being blessed in these photos.