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“Dear Irena, Gene and Krysia - please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss on behalf of the Kresy-Siberia Foundation. We have entered...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Stefan Wisniowski

“Dear Irene and FamilyAs new comers to the Scherer Ridge community in 2010, Pal and I were warmly welcomed by Henry and the rest of the neighbors. I...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Mary

“Sorry for your loss Keep strong and stick tight to your Mom and brother PEACE ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Steve O

“To the Jopek family,My deepest sympathy to all of you. I knew Henry only through our occasional card games (along with John Drost). I always liked...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Steve Eukers

“Dear Krysia, I am so sorry for your family's loss. I have very fond memories of spending time with both your parents and I still remember talks we...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Lee (Ramm) Matson

“We send our sincere sympathy to Irene, Gene and Krysia. Sorry that we can't be at the funeral. Henry was a gentleman. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Joseph and Betty Mancarella

“Gene:You might not remember me but you taught me tennis lessons back in the mid-80s. My dad, John Merrill, has been friends with your dad for a...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Debbie (Merrill) Poleyestewa

“I did not know your dad, Krysia, but hearing you talk about him with such love and admiration, and reading your wonderful book, I know he was a...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Judy Z.

“Wishing you strength to sustain you during this difficult time and healing that soothes both mind and spirit. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: WINDSOR GOLDEN FELLOWSHIP

“The book club I belong to read Map and Shadows and had the privilege to have his daughter come speak to us. The story of Mr. Jopeck and his family...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Denise Belanger

“To the Jopek family: I worked with Henry at Aetna for many years. Henry was always gracious, industrious, and friendly. He knew that his life...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Charlie Bell

“Hi Gene (& rest of Jopeck crew). Thoughts & prayers being sent your way during this time of mourning. May the memories of your Dad that fill your...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Bob Moreau - Mansfield, MA


Henry Jopeck, 87, from Windsor, CT passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Irene (Jarosz) Jopeck, his son, Gene Jopeck of Windsor Locks, daughter Krysia Jopek of Windsor; four grandchildren: Rachael, Peyton, Natalie, and Daniel Jopeck of West Hartford; his sister, Helen Zasada of Windsor; his brother, Joseph Jopeck and sister-in-law, Beverly Jopeck of Windsor, as well as four sisters-in-law: Dolores Joao, Antoinette Bass (and brother-in-law Peter Bass), Dorothy Lister, Betty Anne Hornyak; many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by four brothers-in-law: Chester Zasada, Raymond Joao, Robert Lister, and Michael Hornyak. Henry was born in 1928 in Kostopol Wotyn, Poland. He and his late parents (Andrzej and Zofia Jopek), sister, and brother were deported from Poland to Siberia in 1940 and survived two years in Russian labor camps. Separated from his family, he was in the Polish Cadet Corps attending the Polish Royal School in Barbara camp near Gaza Palestine from 1942-1947 where he completed his general studies. In 1948, he was reunited with his family in London, England where they resided until 1952 when they emigrated to the United States. His family's experience from 1940 to 1952 is the subject of his daughter's book, Maps and Shadows. Henry served in the Polish, English, and American armies and is an American Veteran of the Korean War. In 2010, he was awarded the Siberian Cross medal by the now-deceased president of Poland, Leah Kaczynski. This medal was one of his most prized possessions. In addition to his Polish heritage, he valued his family, friends, and his community. Henry was a resident of Windsor since 1952 and a member of St. Gabriel Parish for over 50 years. He obtained an Associate in Science Degree in Business Administration in 1960 from Hillyer College of the University of Hartford and worked as an expense analyst at Aetna for 38 years. He enjoyed playing tennis when he could, taking long daily walks, and playing bridge. He taught his grandchildren how to play chess and often played with them. He volunteered to do annual income taxes for AARP at the Windsor Senior Center for over 20 years and also liked to volunteer at the voting polls during elections. He served as treasurer for the Windsor AARP and several Polish organizations for many years. He was a member of the Polish American Veterans Association Post 119, the Polish American Congress District of CT, the American Legion Post 0059, and the Aetna 39ers Club. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Francis Hospital and St. Francis Cancer Center for their excellent care and compassion over the past two years. His family will receive friends on Monday from 4-7 p.m. at Carmon Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor. Family and friends may gather at the funeral home on Tuesday at 10 a.m., to be followed by a mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at St. Gabriel Church, Windsor. Burial and military honors will follow in Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Gabriel School and Mary's Place in Windsor, CT.