Jan Sopoci, 89

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road in Riverside, to celebrate the life of Jan Sopoci, 89, of Brookfield, who died Aug. 13, 2014.

Mr. Sopoci was born March 15, 1925 in Slovakia and lived in Brookfield for much of his life. He was a leader in the Slovak-American community in the Chicago area and in New Jersey, where he lived for 25 years, as supreme secretary of Sokol USA.

Over the years, Mr. Sopoci was an officer in Sokol USA Lodge 39, District L. Stur, and the United Lutheran Society Assembly 86. He bowled on the Hawthorne Pioneers bowling team and enjoyed walking and tending his roses.

He most recently had been a resident of Saratoga Gove Assisted Living in Downers Grove.

Mr. Sopoci was the husband of the late Anna for 64 years; the father of Jan Andrew Sopoci, Elena Sopoci (Doug Belknap) and Anne Marie (Paul), Brinley, the grandfather of Shannon (Rob), Tom (Hannah), Matthew, Kaitlin (Shane), Bianca (Ben), Rory (Zuzka), Kristen (Duncan), Elizabeth, Janelle (Greg) and Emily; and the great-grandfather of Nicole, Jacob, Rowan and Zoey. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Samantha.

Memorial donations are appreciated to Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road, Riverside, Illinois, 60546 or to the Sokol USA Milan Getting Scholarship Fund, 276 Prospect St., P.O. Box 189, East Orange, New Jersey, 07019-0189.

Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.