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Francis A. Sopata

November 9, 1941 December 6, 2021
Francis A. Sopata
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80 of Portage, passed away on December 6, 2021 in Johnstown. He was born on November 9, 1941 in Johnstown. He was the son of Mary (Gruse) and Joseph Sopata. Foozie is preceded in death by his parents and his infant daughter Catherine Marie. He is survived by his loving wife: Patricia (Miller) Sopata and their sons: Joseph Sopata and wife Brenda of Severn, MD and David Sopata and wife Shannon of Laurel, MD. He is also survived by his grandson: Michael Sopata of Odenton, MD and a sister: Darlene Penrod of MD and extended family and friends.

He was a retired Metropolitan Police Officer in Washington, DC. He was very proud that his sons Joseph and David followed in his footsteps. He was the owner and operator of Allegheny Kitchens in Portage. Foozie was an avid hunter and fisherman and he enjoyed spending time at his camp in Sinnamahoning, PA. He was a lifetime member of the Jamestown Rod and Gun Club and he served as a past president of the Jamestown PNA #1068 for over 40 years. He was also a 3rd Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. Foozie enjoyed spending winters in Florida with his wife, Patti.

Foozie’s proudest accomplishments in his careers were working for and becoming personal friends with the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, installing the kitchen at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and standing guard in the Capitol Rotunda for President John F. Kennedy as he lay in state.

Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM on Friday, December 10, 2021 at the Matthew R. Decort Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc. in Portage. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 10 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church in Portage. Fr. Kevin Queally. Committal will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Portage.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Cambria County Humane Society, 743 Galleria Drive Ext., Johnstown, PA 15904 and/or the DC Police Memorial & Museum, 300 Indiana Avenue NW Room 4067, Washington, DC 20001.

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Visitation

Friday

10

Dec

2:00 PM 12/10/2021 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 12/10/2021 4:00:00 PM
Decort Funeral Home

532 Main Street
Portage, PA 15946

Decort Funeral Home
532 Main Street Portage 15946 PA
United States

Visitation

Friday

10

Dec

6:00 PM 12/10/2021 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 12/10/2021 8:00:00 PM
Decort Funeral Home

532 Main Street
Portage, PA 15946

Decort Funeral Home
532 Main Street Portage 15946 PA
United States

Service

Saturday

11

Dec

10:00 AM 12/11/2021 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/11/2021 11:00:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church

509 Caldwell Avenue
Portage, PA 15946

Holy Family Catholic Church
509 Caldwell Avenue Portage 15946 PA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Final Resting Place

Cemetery Road
Portage, PA 15946

Cemetery Road Portage 15946 PA
United States
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